Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Colour of Saying

A Creative Writing Competition in Celebration of Dylan Thomas

Responses are sought to Dylan Thomas’s poemThe Hunchback in the Park’ can be in poetry, prose-poem, prose, diary form, and letter form.

Rules: Poetry, Prose-poem, Prose, Diary form, and Letter form

1. Entries can be submitted in any language or dialect
2. Entries must be accompanied by an English translation of the work (if possible)
3. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or broadcast before 27 October 2012
4. All entries must be sent to as a word attachment, which should include the age of the entrant and contact details or posted (see below)
5. All entries are judged anonymously and the writer’s name must not appear on the work itself
6. The competition is open to people of all countries, nations, and religions

Rules: Fees, Prizes and Winners

1. There is no fee to enter this competition. There is a limit of FIVE entries that a single entrant can make
2. The best of the submissions will be judged by international writers/translators and published in an anthology which will appear on 27 October 2014, the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, co-published by The Seventh Quarry Press, UK, and Cross-Cultural Communications, USA
3. All other entries will appear in phases on the Dylan Down the Ups website
4. Authors of the winning work, by entering the competition, grant Dylan Down the Ups the right to publish and/or broadcast that work for one year from 2014. Use of the work elsewhere during this time is subject to permission from Dylan Down the Ups
5. There will be anthology launches in the U.K. and beyond, to which successful entrants will be invited


1. 10 – 12 years of age at time of submission of entry
2. 13 – 16 years of age at time of submission of entry
3. 17 – 20 years of age at time of submission of entry
4. 21 – 24 years of age at time of submission of entry
5. 25 years of age and over at time of submission of entry
The closing date of the competition is midnight (UK time), 27 April 2014


English-language: Peter Thabit Jones and Anne Pelleschi of Wales; Hannah Ellis Thomas of England (Dylan’s granddaughter); Stanley H. Barkan, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and John Dotson of America

Welsh language: Jim Parc Nest (Archdruid of the Bards) and others to be announced

Other-language judges will be chosen by Stanley H. Barkan and Peter Thabit Jones

Postal submissions to: Dylan Down the Ups, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0RA, Wales, U.K.

Electronic submissions to:

Link here

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