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Radius Writers short story competition opens

24 Mar 2021

Press Release - 17th March 2021

From fairy tales to magical mysteries, Radius Housing is encouraging enthusiastic readers to take up their pens and enter a special short story competition. The competition is inspired by World Book Day, when the housing association teamed up with Commedia of Errors to create three theatrical readings of famous stories. Radius is now calling budding writers of all ages to enter the short story competition to see who can create the next Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit or Gangsta Granny. 

Radius Short Story competition is open across three categories, where budding Charles Dickens are asked to write a story on the theme  of Neighbours and Community. The three categories are 

•        Primary School -300 words maximum

•        Secondary School - 700-2000 words

•        Adults - 1000-2000 words 

A winner from each category will win a £50 voucher and one overall winner will receive £150.

The short story competition follows the Radius and Commedia of Errors World Book Day theatrical readings of Little Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. The readings, which are available on Radius’ YouTube’ page, also sought to inspire creativity with short workshops on story telling. The Radius Housing World Book day events are funded through the Department for Communities ‘Housing for All’ Shared Housing Programme which has its origins in the NI Executive T:buc strategy.

Speaking about the Radius Writers short story competition, Loma Wilson, Director of Communities with Radius Housing said “It’s often said that everyone has at least one good book in them, and we hope that kids, teenagers and adults have at least one good short story to tell us for the Radius Writers competition. In the last year we have all become much more familiar with our local community and our neighbours, and  seen the great effort so many will go to help each other out, which is why we have given the competition the theme of Neighbours and Community.”

“On World Book day we saw how a little bit of imagination and creativity can turn a small idea into a great story, and we look forward to seeing what tall tales and spellbinding stories writers can come up with over the next few weeks.”

The closing date for entries is 5:00Pm.on the 26th March. Full details of how to enter can be found on the Radius Housing website or by emailing


Further information:

Brendan Scott

MW Advocate


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