Marlow Town Council launches short story competition

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There are many ways to relieve the stresses caused by lockdown and the Coronavirus, but one of the best must be to write about what it’s like for you!

Now, with Marlow Town Council’s short story competition, budding writers have the chance to demonstrate their skills and share their imaginings.

All the entries will be judged by Marlow Mayor Richard Scott and Town Clerk Hilary Martin. The winning stories in each category will be included in the summer edition of the Marlovian, and the winners will each receive a book donated by local author Susanna Beard.

There are two categories in the competition:

Aged 16+ 

This will be a fictional or non-fictional story of around 450 words. It can be about how you are coping with a different way of life at the moment, or something that takes our readers out of the lockdown into another less stressful world. Please provide a photograph of the author.

Aged 8-15

Write around 250 words about how you are finding home learning or how you are coping with the change to your life during lockdown. Or you can choose to write a funny story, a fantasy story — or perhaps what you will be looking forward to doing most when life returns to normality. Please provide a photograph of the author or another image relevant to the story.

How to enter

Please email your story to: by 5th May, when all entries will be read and the best from each category will be chosen.

The winning stories will be included in the summer edition of the Marlovian, which will be online only. The edition can be viewed on the Marlow Town Council website: after 8th June. You will be informed by email if your story is chosen to be published.

Susanna Beard, who lives and works in Marlow, has written two psychological thrillers, The Truth Waits and Dare to Remember, both published by Legend Press. For more details go to

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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