ACW Competitions

You are invited to enter the ACW Poetry Competition 2021.  Here is the information you need:

THEME:         Fifty (Do with it what you will!)
GENRE:         Any
LENGTH:       Up to 40 lines
CLOSES:       30 June 2021, midnight UK time.

Winners will be announced in the relevant edition of ENews and their poems will appear in Christian Writer.

First place  – £25 book token
Second and third places – £10 book token.


  • ACW Members: first two entries FREE
  • ACW Members: third and subsequent entries £3 per entry
  • Non-members: £3 per entry

HOW TO PAY (if you need to)

  • By PayPal – click on the Buy Now button below.
  • Or by bank transfer to:
    • Lloyds TSB, Sort Code 30-93-20
    • Account No. 00770683
    • For international transfers: IBAN:GB45 LOYD 3093 2000 7706 83
      Please give your full name as Payment Reference


  • All entries should be typed in legible 12-point font such as Times Roman
  • All entries should be submitted anonymously and submitted to Competitions Manager, Bobbie Ann Cole, at
  • You should also provide a separate sheet, listing:
    • Title(s) of poem(s) you are submitting,
    • Your personal details:
      • Full name (matched to payment, if relevant)
      • Email
      • ACW member/non-member
    • Please include on this sheet confirmation of amount paid and whether this was by transfer or PayPal, (Enter ‘Payment £0’ if you don’t need to pay).


I look forward to

receiving your entries.

Write well.  Bobbie

Our Poetry Competition Judges

Gary Studley (left) is an artist, teacher, curator, performer and prize-winning writer working with The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Festival & English Heritage. Gary runs Dead Hoarse Writers, monthly spoken word events and Writing For Life, which promotes positive mental health with Porchlight, Ageless Thanet, Suicide Prevention, Kent Refugee Help and Shaw Trust.

ACW Member John Wakeman (right) loves seeing words brought to life. He is part of the renowned Dead Hoarse Writers Poetry Group and has worked with Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, adapting children’s books for staging as musical theatre. He also co-wrote Seasongs, a song cycle based on the seasons, people and the sea. Originally from the Midlands, John now lives with his family in Deal, Kent.

Design a Logo Competition

We now have a winner – Lucy Hannah Mills.  Our congratulations to Lucy and thanks to all other applicants.  Some of us are artists as well as writers!  Thanks also to Richard Lyall, our ‘craftycurate’ and judge in this competition.  Richard, who is trained as a professional graphic designer, has taken Lucy’s original design and manipulated it into a format which can be used in print publications and on the web.

What you see on the right will be the logo for all ACW publicity for our Worth Our Weight in Gold 50th Jubilee.

ACW Novel Writing Competition – Results

We had a fantastic 65 entries to the Novel Writing Competition.  We are very grateful to Tony Collins and Fay Sampson, our valiant judges, who initially selected a shortlist of 4 entries and requested as many more pages as were available, which meant reading several entire typescripts.

The winners are:

  1. Harriet and Emilie by Eleanor Watkins – prize £100
  2. Local Killer by Paul Trembling – prize £10 book token
  3. The Girl Who Got Out of Zannibar by Sophie Neville – prize £10 book token

Runner-up was A Question of Loyalty by Gillian Poucher.

In his comments, Tony Collins called Harriet and Emilie, “a rewarding read, empathetic and charming, with a sense of larger, darker events in the offing… The narrative feels character-driven, which I applaud. The plot has strong echoes of Downton Abbey, and indeed of many other period dramas, but is not the less for that… The faith element seems real, present but not intrusively so.”


ACW Flash Fiction Competition

Judging is now complete.   Congratulations to our winners:

  • 1st prize:  Veronica Bright – Beyond Imagining
  • 2nd prize: Ann Bulley – Mind the Gap
  • 3rd prize:  Jan Godfrey – Playtime.