Creative Writing Competition 2020

Today we are pleased to announce our Creative Writing Competition for 2020 which is open to budding and established authors of all ages in Royston and the surrounding area. We are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Royston for sponsoring the prizes.

Broad details can be seen by clicking on the competition poster to the left and the more detailed Terms and Conditions for entry can be found by clicking HERE. The closing date is Sunday 16th August.

There are two separate entry forms, one for Under 18s and one for Over 18s. Please read the Terms and Conditions first and then click on the appropriate form below to download. Complete the form and send your entry to competitions@creativeroyston.org.

Under 18 Entry Form

Over 18 Entry Form

There are £50 book vouchers for the winners in each age group plus a number of other book vouchers of a lesser value to be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

2020 Festival Planning

Last night we had a Zoom meeting of the Creative Royston Management Committee at which we decided that it was not feasible to proceed with Royston Arts Festival in its usual format this year.

Our decision is based on several reasons including the continuing uncertainty over the nature of social distancing that will be operating when the festival takes place in September and how this will affect the venues that we were planning to use for Creative Royston events. We are also aware that we will not have a Royston Fringe this year as they feel that their venues are not easily adaptable to social distancing in the festival context and, quite understandably, they are concerned about the risk to their helpers some of whom are quite elderly. In addition, one of the major contributing arts groups for the festival has decided that it will work towards staging an online alternative this year.

The festival also faces some uncertainty over funding in the present climate so we will now plan to stage an online festival that may also be able to accommodate a live event or two if circumstances allow. At the same time, we will be seeking to reduce our costs to allow us to stage a different festival this year and still leave us with enough funds to stage a festival next year more in line with the usual format.

We hope you understand our reasoning behind this decision and we do already have lots of ideas for events that could work online or live. We will publicise our plans in due course and whilst the closing date for entry to the festival has already passed, in the revised circumstances, we will consider further applications for the next few weeks. Please email either chair@creativeroyston.org or community@creativeroyston.org but please also be aware that, for the reasons stated above, we are unlikely to be able to support your proposal financially, except perhaps in exceptional circumstances and then only to a minimum extent.

Stay safe everyone!