Ovacome Writing Competition

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ake part in the second Ovacome Creative Writing Competition for the chance to win some great prizes and have your story posted on the Ovacome website. You'll be helping to raise funds for our ovarian cancer support services and awareness projects.

First Prize: £250

Runner up prize: £50 Waterstones book voucher

The competition is open to anyone in the UK over the age of 18. You can enter a short story with a maximum word count of 2,000 words.

You can enter any time between 1st of June 2021 and 5pm on the 30th of September 2021 - the winner and runner up will be announced mid-December 2021.


The theme for the 2021 Ovacome Writing Competition is 'Connected'. This theme can be interpreted in many different ways - the possibilities are endless!. Your story doesn't have to be about health or ovarian cancer. 

Creative writing promotes happiness and mental wellbeing, so this is a great opportunity to express yourself, whether you are an experienced writer or have never written a story before. We can't wait to read your inspiring and creative stories!

The competition finalists are judged by Call the Midwife stars Jenny Agutter and Stephen McGann. 


Stephen plays Dr Turner and is married to screenwriter and playwright Heidi Thomas. Stephen enjoys reading as an escape from his script reading, switching between the "latest British fiction writing, at other times it’s strictly non-fiction — good science writing, or new perspectives on history, such as William Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy, and Tom Holland’s ‘Dominion’. 

Actress Jenny Agutter is an Ovacome patron and notes that last years winner "skilfully showed how an act of kindness can transform somebody’s life in her account entitled How I spent my weekend". 

How to Enter

  1. Click here to read our competition terms & conditions.
  2. Entry for the 2021 competition will open at 1am on Tuesday 1st of June. From this date, until 5pm on 30 September, you'll be able to register through this page. Entry costs £5.

Enter here

If you have any questions about the Ovacome writing competition, please email fundraising@ovacome.org.uk


Check out last year's winning stories:




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