Folkestone Writers was founded in 2009 to provide a forum for local authors, both published and unpublished. Our activities include:

Meetings at which members discuss literary and related topics including the thriving local arts scene.

Publications including The Folkestone Anthology of which three issues have so far been produced containing mainly short fiction but also poetry and ‘true stories’ based on personal experience.

A short story competition which is run in conjunction with the Folkestone Book Festival, winners being announced and prizes presented at a fringe event.

A Newsletter with notices, progress reports (re publications, and the short story competition), members news, theme for next meeting, etc.

Literary Lunches organised by one of our members at the Tavernetta, an upmarket Italian restaurant − for local authors, friends and invited guests. There is always lively conversation, news and views, and maybe a short presentation under the general ‘arts and books’ heading.

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Next meeting May 24, 2017

14A Castle Hill Avenue  at 7.30 p.m. Tel 01303 242990). Copies of the 2017 Anthology will be available. Authors are entitled to one free copy but we hope they will purchase an additional two copies (for friends & family) to help cover printing costs (price remains unchanged at £7.99). Wine and cheese will be provided. If you are unable to get to the meeting but would like to collect copies at some other time (or have them posted to you) please contact john.sussams@gmail.com.

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Short story competition 2017

FOLKESTONE WRITERS are running another short story competition this year. Anyone within the UK may enter. The winning stories and others, if considered suitable, will be published in our next Folkestone Anthology. The entrance fee is £5 per story (cheques payable to Folkestone Writers).


The theme of ‘Double Edge’ (used by this year’s Triennial) can be interpreted in a variety of ways, giving plenty of scope; but stories must appeal to an intelligent adult readership. They must be the author’s own original work, as yet unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. Entries of between 1500 and 2000 words should be on A4 pages, 1.5 line-spaced, with margins approx. 2.5 cm and the title and page number in the header. The covering letter should give the title, author’s name, postal and e-mail addresses, phone number, and word-count. All entries must be received by 31st October 2017.

Winners will be announced, prizes presented and stories read at a Book Festival fringe event (entrance free) at 3.00 p.m. on 22nd November 2017 at the SUNFLOWER HOUSE, 45 Foord Road, Folkestone. The Folkestone Writers’ 2017 Anthology and other books will also be on sale.

Preferably send email entries as Word.docx attachments to john.sussams@gmail.com or post three copies to John Sussams, 14A Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone CT20 2QT

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Membership Subs

Membership subscriptions are now overdue

Please let me have your 2017 membership subscription (£10 cheques payable to Folkestone Writers)

John Sussams john.sussams@gmail.com Tel 01303 242990

14A Castle Hill Ave Folkestone CT20 2Q

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