King Lear prize for the over 70s

The King Lear Prizes have launched to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined.

King Lear Prize Categories

Initial prize categories are open to those who are at least 70 years old, given that they have been asked by the UK Government to stay at home and implement social distancing measures,

Short story

  • 2,000 to 10,000 words
  • In English
  • Any subject or setting
  • Submit full text
  • Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020
  • Prize: £1,000

Poetry

  • Up to 40 lines
  • In English
  • Any form or subject
  • Submit full text
  • Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020
  • Prize: £1,000

Solo Musical Composition

  • Up to 4 minutes
  • For one solo instrument only
  • Any instrument
  • Submit manuscript or audio recording
  • Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020
  • Prize: £1,000

Short Drama

  • Up to 15 minutes in running time
  • Performed by up to 4 people
  • In English
  • Any subject or setting
  • Submit full script
  • Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020
  • Prize: £1,000

Art

  • Painting or drawing
  • Submit a photograph of your work
  • Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020
  • Prize: £1,000

For more information and how to apply please follow this link for their website.

Deadline: 29th May 2020.

Source: PLAYWRITING UK Facebook

2 thoughts on “King Lear prize for the over 70s”

  1. I seek clarification on the rules. I am 86, and wish to enter in two categories, poetry and drama. My profession was as a National Athletics Coach, but since 1978 I have been a freelance writer ( three novels, 1981-1985, one self-published 2009) and lecturer. I began to write plays at 70, but mainly as readings for charity, and only one has seen public performance, back in 2012. I therefore feel that it would be difficult to classify me as a professional dramatist. In contrast, my poetic entry will be the first poem that I have ever written. It would be useful to speak with one of your staff. Tom McNab 01727 836568.

    1. Kimberley Andrews

      Hi Tom, you’ll need to contact the organisers directly with any queries as we just repost these opportunities. Best of luck with it.

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