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Life in Lockdown competition

05 May 2020

Life in Lockdown competition *deadline extended to midnight 21 June 2020 with winners contacted by end of July

ArtfulScribe and Mayflower Theatre invite young writers to submit personal accounts of ‘life in lockdown’ up to a maximum of 1000 words or 40 lines of poetry. We’d love to hear how lockdown has affected your daily life, the highs and lows of lockdown living, and how your thoughts and opinions have altered through changes resulting from social distancing measures. Where were you and what were you doing when lockdown was announced? What emotions did you experience, and how have these changed over time? What unusual experiences have you had or shared with your families?


There is no ‘right’ way of approaching this competition. What’s important is the story you tell and how you tell it. Commended and Highly Commended entries will be published in a ‘Life in Lockdown’ anthology and winning submissions will be awarded book vouchers of £50, £25, and £15 for each age category. Responses can include non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. The competition is open to writers aged 11-14, 15-18, and 19-25.


The competition is free to enter and open to any young person in the three specified age categories

Entries can be submitted online only to with 'Life in Lockdown' in the email subject heading

Submissions must be in English and the entrant's own work and must not have been published elsewhere, including online, and not have won any other competition

Submissions in MS Word or .pdf formats please

All submissions must include the entrant's name, age group, and postcode on each page

Closing date: Midnight 31 May 2020

No changes can be made once entry is submitted

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into

The winners will be contacted by email by Wednesday 1st July 2020


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