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This Year's Competitions

This page is under construction.

The page will show listing of:

Local and national competitions
known to Croydon Writers in the coming twelve months. 

Many competitions require access to the internet.

One on the horizon -  deadline JANUARY, must go through www.writers-online.co.uk

START WISE
Proverbs are usually considered to be wise words, and for this competion
you are invited to write a short story in which the opening words are
a recognised proverb in English - any English proverb from
All work and no play... to
Whom the gods love die young.
Prizes are £200 for the winner and £50 for the runner up
with publication in Writers Magazine for the wnner
and on th WM website for the runner-up.

Similar with diverse subjects with same arrangements will be listed shortly for:
FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY and JUNE

 

 

I cannot remember all of their names.  There must have been twenty of us kids in the area of Mary Road, Florence Road, Burlington Road, and Springfield Crescent in West Bromwich, the South East corner.  The air raid shelters were still there, on what had been the parish tennis courts before the war, near the vicarage, perhaps the war was not quite finished – such is my memory. 

There was another shelter in Florence Road, a road which ended in what was once the dead end of the road before the railway cutting.  That shelter was a flat roofed type with six inches of reinforced concrete as its lid - only a direct hit would have finished it off.  It sat there like a fortress with its two cast-iron black chimney pipes standing stiff and vulnerable out of the concrete roof.  The shelter marked the end of Florence Road much better than a fence.  I fancy the year was 1945 on reflection..