As well as the entries received so far for our Schools Creative Writing Competition we have had a few requests for an extension to the deadline which we have now decided will be  6pm  on Thursday 27th July for those submissions sent directly to Creative Royston.

We are looking for inspiring original writing from local students as part of our first Creative Writing Competition for Royston Arts Festival 2017. In fewer than 500 words, you should write a fiction or non-fiction story with the theme “Changes” at its core.

There will be two age groupings: 5 to 9 and 10 to 16, and submissions should be made under categories of ‘fiction’ or ‘non-fiction’, for which we have two expert judging panels from the world of journalism and literature.

All entries must be submitted in ‘Word’ format and details of how to enter can be downloaded by clicking HERE (please read all occurrences of ’21st’ July to now mean ’27th July). Please also download and complete the entry COVER SHEET.

Any submissions received after 27th July will not be considered.

Volunteer ‘Festival Makers’ required

We’re all getting very excited for Royston Arts Festival 2017 here at Creative Royston HQ as planning ramps up! If you’d like to contribute to a community gem and help us put on another fantastic festival, please email Susan Maylor our volunteer co-ordinator at

Even if you can just spare a couple of hours and think that isn’t much, well actually it would be a great help!

If you would be interested in joining the organising committee then we definitely need you, please contact We are especially interested in anyone that can offer PR or marketing expertise.