Watford Live! 2014 Richard Harrington Literature and Art Challenge

The Richard Harrington Challenge Cup

The Richard Harrington Challenge Cup

The Richard Harrington Challenge Cup

What does ‘Peace’ mean to you?

Peace means different things to different people. Maybe your ‘peace’ is a walk in Cassiobury Park, or a quiet house first thing in the morning before the family gets up? It could be sitting in the garden listening to the birdsong or the contentment that comes after a yoga session. Whatever the meaning, Watford Area Arts Forum, Watford Writers and Watford Live! would like you to express your interpretation of peace in words or in pictures.

In recognition of the centenary of the First World War, we have chosen ‘Peace’ as the idea for the Richard Harrington Challenges this year and set the same theme for the writing and art competitions. The Richard Harrington Challenge Competition will form part of the Watford Live! 2014 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 peace? Further details regarding the display of the winning entries will be announced nearer the time, but the top ten will be featured on The Watford Observer website. The entries will be judged by Richard Harrington MP, Peter Wilson-Leary, Editor of the Watford Observer, Grelle White, Editor of the WAAF magazine and Cllr Keith Crout.

The deadline for entry is Friday 16 May 2014, and the results will be announced on Monday June 9, at a Watford Writers’ meeting, all entrants will be invited to the evening and the top ten stories will be read by the authors. A selection of 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.

  • Your entry should be no more than 500 words, excluding the title
  • Minimum 300 words
  • Give your entry a title , it should not be called ‘Peace’
  • Please submit 4 copies
  • Attach the Entry Form, do not put your name on the story and post to the address on application form
  • Or you can email submissions, marked Richard Harrington Challenge Comp to watfordwriters@gmail.com
  • If you would like your entry returned, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope
  • Deadline for submission is Friday 16 May 2014
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results

Art Challenge

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

Please bring your entry along to Watford Museum on 4th June 2014 between the hours of 11am until 2pm. All entries will be on display at the Museum from Saturday 5th to 28th June 2014. (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only). Judging will be by public vote throughout the exhibition, so even if you do not enter, please come along and make your vote count!


On Saturday 28th June 2014 at 2pm Richard Harrington M.P. will be presenting the trophies to the winners of both competitions at the Watford Museum.

This presentation will coincide with the Watford Live! themed Little Gallery Tea Room running throughout the day when several events and activities will be taking place.
Further details regarding the competition and information regarding writing in the local community can be found at: www.watfordwriters.co.uk and www.watfordareaartsforum.com


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