THE ELMBRIDGE LITERARY COMPETITION 2020/21
The 16th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2021
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams…
“What music do you like?” The question asked on every first date...
“That’s not music, that’s just noise!” Every parent’s review of their children’s favourite band...
“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory...” Oscar Wilde on how a song can roll back the years and take you to a place forgotten, with friends long gone.
Literature and music have always gone hand in hand. Poets and authors, from Percy Shelley To William Shakespeare, John Keats to Jane Austen and Nick Hornby to Roddy Doyle have woven it as themes through their works. To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall, a venue which has seen every style of music performed beneath its iconic dome, the 16th Elmbridge Literary Competition, run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, was looking for poems and short stories that take music as their inspiration.
Like 2020’s ‘New World’, The Elmbridge Literary Competition was once more open to national and international submissions and saw the largest number of entries in the Competition's history from authors of all ages.
Below are the winning, highly commended and commended entries. Click on the link to read or download the successful entries.
Chapbooks of the 1st place entries in each category will be available very soon.
The 2022 Elmbridge Literary Competition will be launched in September 2021.