To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, we are looking for poems and short stories which respond to the themes of this novel. Write about an area, a society, a world before, during or after a nuclear disaster, a pandemic, a deluge or any other disaster.
You might narrow the scope to write about an individual’s personal disaster. The mood can be negative or positive. Your work might even reflect Hoban’s interest in the distortion of historical memory and of language. It’s not necessary to read the novel but we hope you do!
First: The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200
Judged by Dorothy Lehane
Max word count: 60 lines
First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Professor Geralyn Pinto of £200
Judged by Sonia Overall
Max word count: 3500
£3 per poem £8 for three
£4 per short story £10 for three
August 31st 2020