Core to the Pen to Print programme are our free to enter competitions.
The Book Challenge is our premier competition with the fabulous prize of support to write and publish your own book!
We have already seen Challengers publish and win awards for their books, so if you have a story that you have always wanted to turn into a book why wait, have a go! If you don’t have a book idea but love to tell stories or are more poetic, why not enter the Poetry and Short Story Competition? Each year we will feature an additional competition which could be playwriting, screenwriting, photography or film making; so you can explore other forms of telling your story.
We are sure you will find inspiration to put pen to paper which you may be lucky enough to see in print, good luck!
Each competition below has outline details and links to its specific Terms and Conditions, to make sure you are eligible please read these carefully before you enter.
Please NOTE by entering a Pen to Print competition the author is giving permission for Pen to Print to publish and/or broadcast their work, if it chooses, digitally or in print. For these Terms & Conditions please CLICK HERE.
Any online and social media competitions may have different closing dates.
Always check the full Terms and Conditions of each competition for closing dates and entry requirements.
CLICK HERE for our How To Guide for entering competitions
Last updated: 6 February 2021.
All Pen to Print activity is now available online only.
Please do not post or hand deliver your entries. We currently only accept entries sent by email.
If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
One should begin any work of fiction with the longest, most convoluted sentence imaginable, then try to beat that record.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the readers.
You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.
Creativity is contagious, pass it on.
To write successfully, one requires only a sharp pencil, a piece of paper and a hot cup of tea.
Poetry is when an emotion has found it’s thought, and the thought has found words.
Writing lets you break boundaries because you can go anywhere you wish.
The voice in my stories is sometimes authentic, sometimes it is foreign.
Sometimes it is old. Sometimes it is new. Sometimes my writing is Muslim, other times it is Sikh and many times, it is no one’s religion because as long as I am telling the story,
I am in control.
I am whoever I want to be.