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The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2023/24



Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving.

William Shakespeare


For some, it is a lifetime’s pursuit, often slipping through their grasp while others see it fall into their hands by mere chance. However achieved, through talent or luck, Fame, can be an ill-fated prize. The 19th Elmbridge Literary Competition, run in partnership by The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, is looking for short stories and poems on the theme of the double-edged sword that is ‘FAME’.


The Competition will once again run in partnership with publishers Sampson Low, who will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook.

Entry for adults is £5

Entry for under 18s free.


The closing date for entries is Friday 23 February 2024.


Full details, terms and conditions are available by clicking HERE

Please read these carefully as some of the terms and conditions regarding lay out and submission have changed. Entries that DO NOT comply to the conditions set out below will not be accepted.

They can also be obtained by contacting 01932 229996 or emailing or

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Pay £5 Adult Entry Fee Here

Winning, Highly Commended & Commended Entries from

the 2022/23 Competition 'The Road'

Click on category to access PDF

Adult Category

14 - 18 Year Old Category

11 (Secondary) - 13 Year Old Category

8 - 11 Year Old Category

5 - 7 Year Old Category

'Writing For The Sake of Writing'
A Celebration of The Elmbridge Literary Competition
Click HERE 

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