A new writing competition from the London Society and sponsored by Almacantar - open to all. Write a ‘Love Letter to London’ and you could win £900.
After 18 months like no other, let’s be positive about the future. Tell us why you love London - Write a ‘Love Letter’ and celebrate our city.
This year The London Society aims to celebrate the city in all its life, charm and mystery, with a writing competition “Love Letters to London”. We want you to tell us why you love this city. Write us up to 500 words around the theme of “recovery and resilience”.
(Deadline for entries now noon on Monday 6 December 2021)
We’re biased, but we believe London is the greatest city in the world. It is the nation’s capital, but woven from hundreds of separate communities; the economic powerhouse of the UK with a richly diverse demographic. It has an amazing history, but is constantly evolving; it offers world class art, music, theatre and other live performances. It is ‘home’ to nine million people but attracts dozens of millions more each year as visitors.
To fit with The London Society motto of ‘valuing the past; looking to the future’, entrants can write on any aspect of London’s past, present or future. It might be reportage, an historical essay, a ‘think piece’, a spot of futurology, a work of fiction, a poem. We are open to all forms and styles. Entries can have been published elsewhere, but must fit the brief and have been written in 2021.
There will also be a prize for the overall winner - to be picked from the winners of each of the five prize categories - of an additional £500
Entries must be received by noon on Monday 6 December. Final judging will take place during December and the winners announced in January 2022. See ‘how to enter’ above for full rules.
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ftwork’s aim is to ensure clear social principles underpin development and drive good practice. With pressure to build new homes and whole neighbourhoods, economic expediency drowns out the need to create diverse places with a sense of their own identity. It’s people that make lively and successful places. In thriving communities they stay put; they have some autonomy, are mutually supportive and feel secure; they have varied opportunities to mix, to work and to be creative.
Please read the full rules (below, or downloadable here.)
Tell us why you love this city. Write a Love Letter to London of up to 500 words around the theme of ‘recovery and resilience’.
You can write on any aspect of London’s past, present or future. It might be reportage, an historical essay, a ‘think piece’, a spot of futurology, a work of fiction, a poem. We are open to all forms and styles.
There are five categories, with prizes of £400, £200 and £100 in each, and a further overall winner’s prize of £500.
The closing date of the competition is noon (UK time), Monday 6 December 2021.
Entries must be on a Word or Google Docs file with title (no PDFs please). All entries will be judged anonymously, so the first page of the entry should have the title of your entry, the category you are entering, and your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
Email your entries to TheLondonSociety1912@gmail.com
We look forward to hearing what you have to say.
Please read thoroughly. The rules may be downloaded here.