Winter Solstice 2017 Prompts

Competition closing date is THURSDAY 21st DECEMBER 2017

Write or perform a maximum of 1000 words, in prose or poetry, using as a title, one of the following traditional names for the full moon in this half of the year:

July: Of Calming, Mead, Rose, Mead, Buck, Hay, Summer, Ripe Corn, Crane.

August: Dispute, Corn, Lightening, Wyrt, Sturgeon, Grain, Dog Days, Fruit, Women’s.

September: Singing, Barley, Harvest, Barley, Harvest, Fruit, Harvest, Nut, Mulberry.

October: Harvest, Blood, Blood, Blood, Hunter’s, Harvest, Hunter’s, Harvest, Blackberry.

November: Dark, Snow, Tree, Snow, Beaver’s, Hunter’s, Beaver, Trading, Sassafras.

December: Cold, Oak, Long Night, Oak, Cold, Oak, Christmas, Snow, Peach. 

 

Traditions: Celtic, Medieval England, Neo-Pagan, Wiccan, Algonquian, English, Colonial American, Cherokee, Choctaw.
 

 
 
Image courtesy of PeteR REid

Image courtesy of PeteR REid

 

Guidance for Writers

  • The piece can be fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry, in any genre. It can be on any subject (it doesn't have to be about the moon!), as long as the prompt word forms the complete title of your work.
  • The more unique your take on your subject, the better, but your submission should be in the spirit of the Wild Words Philosophy.
  • Before entering, please browse the website to familiarise yourself with our approach. You may also find The Blog a useful source of ideas.
  • Remember that there are as many kinds of wild words as there as creatures on this earth. They vary as much in looks as the elephant and the mouse, and behave in as many different ways. Wild Words are not necessarily big and loud and emotional. They might cause a stampede when they arrive. But it’s equally likely that they’ll slide in quietly, flutter their way on to your page, or jostle at your elbow :-) 

The Closing Date

  • Entries must be received by midnight GMT on 21st December 2017.
  • The competition will be judged by Wild Words founder Bridget Holding.
  • The winner will be announced in the Wild Words Newsletter for February 2018, and in the Facebook Group

The Prize

  • Three entries will be shortlisted. From that shortlist, one overall winner of the competition will be chosen.
  • The shortlisted entrants and the overall winner will be personally notified and then publicly announced in February 2018.
  • The overall winner will receive a one hour 1-1 mentoring session with Bridget, via Skype, telephone or in person.
  • The winning entry will also be published on the Wild Words website, and on social media platforms.
  • The two other shortlisted entries may also be published on the Wild Words website.

Formatting Your Entry

  • Double space your work and submit it in 12 point, in any font.
  • Submit it as a '.docx' attachment, separate to the email. 
  • Please ensure that your name is not on any page of the entry itself.
  • Number each page of your work.
  • State in a covering letter whether your work is fiction or non-fiction, as well as citing the title prompt that you used. 
  • Please ensure that your name and contact information is in your covering email.

Where to Send Your Entry

  • Entries are only accepted via email.
  • Please send your entry to the following address: hello@wildwords.org

Entry Fee

  • There is an entry fee of £7.00 for this competition.
  • Please pay before submitting your work. Your details will be taken at the time of payment.
  • Entries will only be accepted after receipt of payment.
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Other Rules

  • The Wild Words Writing Competition is open to anyone of any age.
  • The work you submit must not have been previously published anywhere in the world, either in print, or online.

What The Judges Are Looking For

The winning entry will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Whether fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, the words will be wild i.e. they will be vivid and alive, passionate and powerful. They will be a cohesive animal that jumps off the page, fully engaging the reader. They will take the reader on a riveting, spellbinding journey.
  • Optionally, the winning entry may make reference to nature, either directly, as a subject or theme in the writing, or indirectly, for example as a metaphor used to describe or explore other aspects of life. 
  • Optionally, the winning entry may make reference to the finding of freedom, self expression, or 'voice' in any or all aspects of life. 

So now what’s stopping you? Just get out there! Good luck!!