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Exciting New Commission for Southampton Writers

26 November 2018

To commemorate the launch of Mayflower 400 activities, Southampton Cultural Development Trust and ArtfulScribe are looking to reward three local writers with paid commissions for new writing, up to a maximum of five minutes in length, to be read at libraries throughout the city in January 2019.


Using the Mayflower story as context, writers are invited to respond to one of three themes of sea/water, light/fire or journeys/migration with particular reference to how these topics are relevant for people living in the Southampton today. 


Writers can submit poetry, prose, fact or fiction. A fee of £300 will be paid to three writers whose work is considered to be reflective of the diverse communities that populate the city as decided by a judging panel from Mayflower Theatre, ArtfulScribe, and Southampton Cultural Development Trust. Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with regard to the final selection.

There is also an 18 and Under category for schools, writing groups, and avid young writers with £50 book tokens for three selected writers.


Submissions are welcome electronically through video, audio, or docx/.pdf files. Long-hand submissions can also be sent to ArtfulScribe, Tower House,  Town Quay Road, Southampton SO14 2NY. All entries are to be received no later than Friday 28thDecember 2018.


For more information about the Mayflower 400 project, please visit


For any further questions, please contact


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