Member Competitions

2022 TWI Writing Competition

It’s time to dust off your quills again!  (Actually, we don’t think you should let them get dusty in the first place!)

We are back with our 2022 Writing Competition. What are your writing goals for this year? To start or finally finish THAT novel? A collection of poems? Or to practice your craft, helping you to achieve your your short term writing goal, or share the stories milling in your head with others? We say go for it. The monthly winning story will be awarded a prize, and an offer to feature in our next anthology. 

Our competition judges will select the monthly theme/prompt and genre for submission, so you can expect to challenge yourself in styles/genres that you normally wouldn’t write or attempt.

This competition is open to TWI financial members only.

The May prompt is:


Submission guidelines

Prose (short story: fiction, non-fiction), poetry

Do not use the prompt as the title.

Length and Formatting Guidelines

• Word limit: 0-800 words (no entry over 800 words will be considered)
• Include the title, genre (if applicable) and word count on the first page
Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript
Format: Times New Roman, 12 point, left aligned, double line spacing, indent each first line, page number bottom right, one space after full stop, ‘single quotations’ for dialogue, no underline, no extra line between paragraphs. Please submit your entry in a Word format.

To help you format a writing template (in Word), you can download a useful guide below.

Formatting your document for competition

Up to two entries can be submitted (there is no fee). Please note that by submitting entries you agree to have the work published on the TWI website. The author of the work retains their full copyright at all times.

How to submit
Send your submission and  your name including your phone number and email address (within the body of the email) to:

Deadline for submissions: Friday 20 May 2022
The winner and runners up will be announced at our May member meeting. 



APRIL: Keeping Up Appearances
Winner: The End of the Line by Louise Ottewell
2nd and 3rd places: Guilty Pleasures by Philippe Savidis; joint third The Famous Five by Paul Tonti and Dressed for Wake by Jennifeer Marsden

MARCH: Rock Bottom
Winner: Vanishing Point by Louise Ottewell
2nd and 3rd places: Mine or not to Mine by Ken Cotterill; and equal third Mount Triglav by Philippe Savidis; The Glint by Robyn Smith; Honorable mention: Little Ollie by Des O’Neill

FEBRUARY: Happy Hour
Winner: A Smiling Woman Killed the Radio Star by Ken Cotterill & Golden Oldies by Fay McGrath
2nd and 3rd places: Cradle of Wolves by Philippe Savidis; Bob by Cheryl Kelly