Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition 2017

Published Mon 9 Oct 2017 - By Literature Wales
Sophie McKeand

Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water.  The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome.

We are delighted to hear that our Young People’s Laureate for Wales, Sophie McKeand will be one of the judges for this year’s Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition in Newtown, Powys.

Sophie McKeand is a poet and educator from north Wales. She won the Out Spoken Innovation in Poetry Award in 2015, was longlisted for the Poetry Society‘s National Poetry Competition in 2014, and was the Poet-in-Residence at Focus Wales Festival in 2016. Sophie has performed at numerous festivals and events, and in November 2015, she embarked on a Wales-wide tour to coincide with the publication of her second poetry pamphlet, Hanes.

She is a writer and producer for various National Theatre Wales TEAM projects, and regularly facilitates workshops for Literature Wales as well as organisations such as Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru and Oriel Wrecsam. She is also a Creative Practitioner for Arts Council Wales’ Lead Creative Schools scheme.

In her new role, Sophie will figurehead some of Literature Wales’ flagship projects for young people, including Slam Cymru, Wales’ first bilingual slam competition. She will also run workshops with families and community groups as part of Literature Wales’ Roald Dahl-inspired outreach scheme, Invent your Event.


How to Apply

Poetry (50 lines max)
Prose (1000 words max)


£3 per submission

Closing Date: 
04 November 2017

Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet
Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales

A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop  (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose)

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings.

Please send submissions either by email to or by post to: Oriel Davies, The Park, Newtown. SY16 2NZ. Please include in the subject heading or on the envelope ‘Water, Oriel Davies Writing Competition’.

For more details, see the flyer below of visit the Oriel Davies website here

Oriel Davies Writing Competition Flyer