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The Bedford Competition

The Bedford Competition is now open for entries of poems (40 lines) and short stories (max. 3000 words).

Poetry, Short Story and Young Writers’ Prizes: £500, £150, £100.

As a contribution to the Covid-19 crisis, Special Rainbow Prizes of £500, £150, £100 for best stories submitted by persons aged 70 years and over.

Judge: Leigh Russell.

This year, the proceeds of the competition will go towards victims of Coronavirus.


Closing date
Sat 31 Oct 2020
Entry fee
£6 per poem | £12 for 3 | reduced for students