Visit the Onward Writing Competition Web Site.

The Second Anthology is now available to purchase and early comments received are very positive:

'I very much enjoyed reading all the quality stories and thought the book is reasonably priced'

'Well done in preparing such a nicely balanced and attractive book'

'I shall certainly be entering in the Spring'

It is worth noting that each story in the anthology received marks of 18 or 19 out of 20 at the shortlist stage. The Judges then used their extensive knowledge to select the three winners. Onward has become both a quality and an international poetry competition. A lot of credit for this must go to Writers News, the magazine which accompanies Writers Magazine.

Writing, theatre and heritage have a long history, with much in common: enjoyment, learning, teaching, making friends and more. The Onward Writing Competition raises the profile and creates interest in Hyde Theatre Royal by linking the creative arts.

The competition began in June 2009 when Cathy Vella rang to offer her help to Theatre Royal Onward. Cathy holds an MA in creative writing from Salford University. She was able to approach Dr Judy Kendall and Professor Ursula Hurley of the University, eminent, specialist writers who offered to help TRO by judging the entries. Despite the fact that the venture was new to all but Cathy and the Judges, a respectable 99 entries were received. This grew to 133 for the second competition.

Cathy has had to leave as she takes on extra family commitments and puts her Masters Degree in Creative Writing to good use. The competition is now run by founder members Muriel and Brian Nichols, with helpers from TRO.

Visit the Onward Writing Competition Web Site to:

  • View results of latest competition
  • Read the winning entry
  • Catch up on latest news
  • Enter 2012 competition
  • Purchase 2010 and 2011 anthologies

With the contest running alongside, but independent of TRO, gift aid can be claimed when funds are donated to the main charity and selling the books is possible, without the formation of a separate, TRO, trading company. Accounts can be provided.Profits from anthologies will help raise money to keep the Charity viable, for further research into the way forward.

For further information telephone Muriel Nichols on 0161 368 4938
or write to Muriel Nichols, 412 Mottram Rd, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 3BP


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