Fairy Tales – we all love a Happy Ending

Watford Live! Richard Harrington Literature and Art Challenge 2015

Fairy Tales and other folk tales are among the oldest works of man. We all grew up listening to these stories; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestiltskin and many more. Storytelling traditions that have been passed down over hundreds of years, good overcoming evil, the underdog winning through and maybe a moral to learn from the tale.

Watford Area Arts Forum, Watford Writers and Watford Live! would like to invite you to express your interpretation of Fairy Tales in words or in pictures in this exciting annual competition.

The Richard Harrington Challenge Competition will form part of the Watford Live! 2015 Arts Festival.

Everyone is urged to get involved with the festival throughout June, but you can make a start now. The winner of each competition will receive a £50 cash prize and the Richard Harrington trophy, 2nd prize is £30 and 3rd is £20. The cash prizes have been generously donated by Richard Harrington MP.

Writing Challenge

Can you come up with 500 words, they could be in the style of a creative blog idea, a factual or fictional story that you are bursting to write, with a theme of Fairy Tales? You don’t have to be Hans Christian Andersen or the next J.M . Barrie – but you could be! You might put a modern twist on an old story, or could incorporate characters from a well known tale in an unusual setting. There are plenty of options and ideas just waiting to be captured on paper.

The top ten entries will be displayed on bus shelters in the town and in the Town Hall subway during June courtesy of Watford Council. The top ten will also be featured on The Watford Observer website.

The judging panel consists of Richard Harrington MP, Dorothy Thornhill MBE, Watford’s Elected Mayor, Peter Wilson-Leary, Editor of the Watford Observer, and Grelle White, Editor of the WAAF

*The deadline for entry is Friday, May 1, and the results will be announced on Monday, June 1, at a Watford Writers’ meeting. All entrants will be invited and the top ten stories will be read by the authors. The entries will be on display from 7.30pm at Cha Cha Cha Café, Cassiobury Park. This evening forms one of the Watford Live! events.

Full details for submitting your entry and full rules are available at www.watfordwriters.co.uk/competitions.html.

Helen Nicell

Winner of the Richard Harrington Challenge Cup for Literature 2014, Helen Nicell.

Art Challenge

Please submit your work with the theme Fairy Tales and your interpretation of this, but please give your pictorial entry a title other than Fairy Tales. Entries can be in any form; oils, watercolours, pen and ink, collages, photographs etc.

Please bring your entry along to Watford Museum on Wednesday, June 17, between 11am and 1pm. All entries will be on display at the Museum from June 18, until 2pm on Saturday, June 27. Judging will be by public vote throughout the exhibition, so even if you do not enter, please come along and make your vote count!

Please click here for the Art Challenge rules and here for the entry form.

On Saturday, June 27, the presentations will be made to the winners of both competitions at Watford Museum.

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