Calling Welsh writers

DO you write? Were you born in the greatest country on earth? Even if you just live here, you can enter the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for glory, a thousand notes, a spot in an anthology of winners and a slot for your deathless prose on BBC Radio Cymru.

The competition, named in honour of the Rhondda-born writer (pictured right), about whom you can read more on his Welsh Icons page, is run by Academi , the Welsh literary society currently helmed by Peter Finch (about whom you can read more here here on Welsh Icons).

The Welsh Icons (last one, I promise) writers section is already jam-packed with talented wordsmiths, but we want even more Welsh talent to celebrate.

Entry forms are scattered round the nation’s libraries and bookshops and you can download a form here – and while you’re at it you might consider it politic to check out some detail on the judges who include Welsh Icons subject Stevie Davies (that’s definitely it now).

So, pick up your pens in Pontypridd, fire up your word processors in your Aberystwyth attics, Bangor bedsits and Gabalfa garrets and get weaving. It’s only 2,500 words (I double checked that it seemed so few); that’s about the length of a Sunday newspaper feature, most people speak at least 150 words per minute, so that’s just 17 minutes chatting with your mates – you can do it!

So, perhaps after using Welsh Icons (couldn’t help it) to find some historical inspiration, get typing.

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