Plastic waste

MAGS4DORSET's 10th Creative Writing Competition

Plastic waste

“What a milestone we have reached with our creative writing awards,” said author and editor, Janine Pulford, who introduced the writing contest 11 years ago, but missed a year when one competition ran into another.

The 10th anniversary coincides with mags4dorset’s 15th anniversary, the move to Dana House, and with Janine, Ben and Louis Pulford becoming community leaders for Plastic Free Ferndown.

This year, the short story competition will be based around a ‘plastic nightmare’.

Your entry could be about one person’s experience with plastic, a group catastrophe, the plight of animals (in their viewpoint if you like), or perhaps a story in the viewpoint of plastic itself, having a nightmare over its own existence.

If over 100 short stories are received, mags4dorset will donate £100 to the registered charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

The competition prizes are bigger than usual to celebrate the contest’s 10th anniversary.

A shortlist will be chosen by Janine Pulford, with help from other authors if necessary, and put before the judges (to be announced).


  • Entries must be your own work
  • Entries must be fictional
  • Entries must be inspired by the words ‘plastic nightmare’
  • Entries must be double-spaced and typewritten
  • Do not use famous people’s names or brands
    Word length 1,000 words or under
  • Fee: first entry £5. Further entries £3 each. Cheques should be made out to Pulford Publicity Ltd.
  • A title page, with a title, must be included showing your contact details, pen name if used, and word length
  • There must not be any identifying marks on the story itself other than its title and page numbers.

Closing date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018


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    • Hi CW,
      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have now updated the button and the link is working. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  1. I cannot access your plastic nightmare writing competition. Where are the terms and conditions, the entry details? Could you send me a viable link please? thanks, Sue

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