Have pen, will travel... in our imagination

Hundreds of residents at our retirement living developments have been set the challenge of penning a prize-winning short story.

The competition - on the theme of home – will be judged by best-selling Irish writer and academic Ruth Gilligan with the winners announced January 2021.

Wayne Exton, Lifestyle Change Manager, said: “We have more than 3,000 customers in our retirement developments and some of them have found the months of living under COVID-19 restrictions really difficult. We came up with the idea of a story writing competition to get them to use their imagination to go beyond their four walls and write about home, or what home means to them.

“Their story can be fact or fiction, an experience relived, or one imagined in the future. It’s entirely up to the writer as long as their story is about home and no more than 1,000 words long.

“We know our residents like writing stories and poems as we get many contributions to our fortnightly retirement living newsletter, so we’re hoping for a good response and look forward to reading all the entries.”

Ruth Gilligan, a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Birmingham, has written five books including her most recent The Butchers. She will be judging the entries and there are book-themed prizes for the winning story and two runners-up.

Budding authors can enter as many short stories as they wish and have until the closing date of 30th November to hand entries to their scheme manager, email them to astimegoesby@midlandheart.org.uk or post to Hannah January, Midland Heart, 20 Bath Row, Birmingham, B15 1LZ.  

All entries must include the author’s name, which scheme they live at and their contact details.

The competition is only open to our residents at our retirement living schemes.

22nd October 2020 | 2020