Frome Library

The Library is now open (much better insulated and greener!) and is once more accepting hand-delivered and postal entries.

Update for postal entrants

DUE TO FROME LIBRARY CLOSURE FOR BUILDING WORK FROM 31.1.22 – 12.3.22, PLEASE DO NOT POST TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS DURING THIS PERIOD AS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN RECEIVING YOUR ENTRIES. IF YOU CAN, DO ENTER ONLINE; IF NOT,

EITHER, DELAY ENTERING BY POST UNTIL MID MARCH

OR, POST TO FROME FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION,

C/O 30 AVENUE ROAD, FROME, SOMERSET, BA11 1RP

Update for postal entrants

*NB DUE TO FROME LIBRARY CLOSURE FOR BUILDING WORK FROM 31.1.22 – 12.3.22, PLEASE DO NOT POST TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS DURING THIS PERIOD AS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN RECEIVING YOUR ENTRIES. IF YOU CAN, DO ENTER ONLINE; IF NOT,

EITHER, DELAY ENTERING BY POST UNTIL MID MARCH

OR, POST TO FROME FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION,

C/O 30 AVENUE ROAD, FROME, SOMERSET, BA11 1RP

Local Young Writer Prize

Thanks to the generosity of author Kerry Wilkinson, who has waived his fee for talking to our local Writers’ Collective (on Zoom!), we are able to offer an additional £50 for the best short story from a local entrant aged under 21 at the closing date, 31st May 2021. Please see ‘Rules’ if this applies to you.

Local Young Writer Prize

Thanks to the generosity of author Kerry Wilkinson, who has waived his fee for talking to our local Writers’ Collective (on Zoom!), we are able to offer an additional £50 for the best short story from a local entrant aged under 21 at the closing date, 31st May 2021. Please see ‘Rules’ if this applies to you.

News from one of our previous winners:


I thought you would like to know that one of Frome Festival’s previous winners has won The William Faulkner Literary Contest in New Albany, Mississippi. Apparently, I was the first UK winner to win the short story category since the competition was established in 1997. The story was called Piano Solo. 
Also, (competition successes are obviously like buses – nothing for ages then two at once) another short story of mine is on the shortlist for the HG Wells Short Story Competition. That story is called, The Last Flight of La Librairie d’Afrique du Nord. The results for that are out at the end of November. 
I have had some successes in the meantime. My novel My Beautiful Imperial was published at the end of 2017. It was translated into Spanish, entitled Mi Querido Imperial, in 2018.
A more recent novella called The Significance of Swans, came 2nd in the New Welsh Writing Awards in 2019.
I will always be grateful to Frome Festival for helping me on my way.
Best wishes, 
Rhiannon Lewis, Winner of the 2017 Short Story Competition with The Jugs Stay with the Dresser

News from one of our previous winners:


I thought you would like to know that one of Frome Festival’s previous winners has won The William Faulkner Literary Contest in New Albany, Mississippi. Apparently, I was the first UK winner to win the short story category since the competition was established in 1997. The story was called Piano Solo. 
Also, (competition successes are obviously like buses – nothing for ages then two at once) another short story of mine is on the shortlist for the HG Wells Short Story Competition. That story is called, The Last Flight of La Librairie d’Afrique du Nord. The results for that are out at the end of November. 
I have had some successes in the meantime. My novel My Beautiful Imperial was published at the end of 2017. It was translated into Spanish, entitled Mi Querido Imperial, in 2018.
A more recent novella called The Significance of Swans, came 2nd in the New Welsh Writing Awards in 2019.
I will always be grateful to Frome Festival for helping me on my way.
Best wishes, 
Rhiannon Lewis, Winner of the 2017 Short Story Competition with The Jugs Stay with the Dresser

News from a past winner: Rhiannon Lewis recently contacted us with news of her successes since winning the competition in 2017. The organisers and 2017 judge Laura Wilkinson were thrilled to hear of her achievements!


I thought you would like to know that one of Frome Festival’s previous winners has won The William Faulkner Literary Contest in New Albany, Mississippi. Apparently, I was the first UK winner to win the short story category since the competition was established in 1997. The story was called Piano Solo. 
Also, (competition successes are obviously like buses – nothing for ages then two at once) another short story of mine is on the shortlist for the HG Wells Short Story Competition. That story is called, The Last Flight of La Librairie d’Afrique du Nord. The results for that are out at the end of November. 
I have had some successes in the meantime. My novel My Beautiful Imperial was published at the end of 2017. It was translated into Spanish, entitled Mi Querido Imperial, in 2018.
A more recent novella called The Significance of Swans, came 2nd in the New Welsh Writing Awards in 2019.
I will always be grateful to Frome Festival for helping me on my way.
Best wishes, 
Rhiannon Lewis, Winner of the 2017 Short Story Competition with The Jugs Stay with the Dresser

News from a past winner

Writer Rhiannon Lewis recently contacted us with news of her successes since winning the competition in 2017. The organisers and 2017 judge Laura Wilkinson were thrilled to hear of her achievements!


I thought you would like to know that one of Frome Festival’s previous winners has won The William Faulkner Literary Contest in New Albany, Mississippi. Apparently, I was the first UK winner to win the short story category since the competition was established in 1997. The story was called Piano Solo. 
Also, (competition successes are obviously like buses – nothing for ages then two at once) another short story of mine is on the shortlist for the HG Wells Short Story Competition. That story is called, The Last Flight of La Librairie d’Afrique du Nord. The results for that are out at the end of November. 
I have had some successes in the meantime. My novel My Beautiful Imperial was published at the end of 2017. It was translated into Spanish, entitled Mi Querido Imperial, in 2018.
A more recent novella called The Significance of Swans, came 2nd in the New Welsh Writing Awards in 2019.
I will always be grateful to Frome Festival for helping me on my way.
Best wishes, 
Rhiannon Lewis, Winner of the 2017 Short Story Competition with The Jugs Stay with the Dresser


Best wishes, 
Rhiannon Lewis, Winner of the 2017 Short Story Competition with The Jugs Stay with the Dresser

The 2020 competition is open and our judge this year is author, journalist and broadcaster, Bel Mooney.

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