Folkestone Writers was founded in 2009 to provide a forum for local authors, both published and unpublished.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, and read extracts from work-in-progress.

Publications including The Folkestone Anthology of which eight 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. We are running another competition this year (2019), for stories of 1500 to 2000 words. No particular theme is specified but stories should appeal to an intelligent adult readership.

The winning stories and perhaps a dozen others, if suitable, will be published in The Folkestone 2020 Anthology (a) if the winners (or a nominated proxy) can turn up to receive their prizes and read their stories at a Fringe Event to be held on Wednesday, 20th November at 3.00 p.m. at Sunflower House, 45 Foord Road, Folkestone; and (b) all selected authors agree to purchase two copies of the Anthology and will then also receive a third copy free.

FIRST PRIZE £100              SECOND PRIZE £50

Stories must be the author’s own original work, as yet unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. Entries should be on A4, 1.5 line-spaced, with one-inch (2.54 cm.) margins. First lines of paragraphs should be indented 0.75 cm and no line spaces between paragraphs.  Generally use single quotation marks and only use double quotes for quotes within quotes. Use English UK (not US) and  where alternative spellings are available prefer e.g. burnt to burned, civilise to civilize.


Email entries as Word docx attachments to john.sussams@gmail.com; or post 3 copies to John Sussams 14A Castle Hill Ave, Folkestone,CT20 2QT

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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