Watford Area Arts Forum Art & Literature Competition 2017 (The Harrington Trophy)


Watford Area Arts Forum and Watford Writers would like to invite you to express your interpretation on a theme of ‘Magic’ in art form or in writing.

The winner of the competitions will receive a £50 cash prize and The Harrington Trophy, 2nd prize is £30 and 3rd is £20.  There is also a category for ‘Students in Full Time Education – under 25’. The winners of the literature and art competitions will receive a trophy and a voucher.

On Saturday, June 24th, at 2.30 pm presentations will be made to the winners of both competitions in both categories at Watford Museum.  The prizes have been generously donated by Richard Harrington.

Art Challenge

Please submit your work with the theme ‘Magic’ and your interpretation of this, but please give your pictorial entry a title other than ‘Magic’. Do let your imagination run wild…the magic of nature and living etc.

Entries can be in any form; oils, watercolours, pen and ink, collages, photographs etc. Please bring your entry along to Watford Museum on Wednesday 14 June, between 11am and 4pm. All entries will be on display at the Museum (during normal opening hours) from June 15 until Saturday June 24. We are delighted that Ms Georgie Wheeler. Head of Art at Watford Girls’ Grammar School will be judging the anonymous entries.


Writing Challenge

Can you come up with 500 words, they could be in the style of a factual or fictional story that you are bursting to write, with a sprinkling of magic dust? You might put a modern twist on an old fashioned story or fable or maybe a magical love story, of course there could be a sinister side to magic as well…

The judges are Linda Spurr, BBC journalist and Creative Writing Tutor, Richard Harrington, Dorothy Thornhill, elected Mayor of Watford and Kelly Pells, Watford Observer Editorial Assistant and published writer.

The deadline for entry is Friday 26 May. The top ten entries will be displayed at various locations including Watford Museum. All entrants are invited to the presentation event on 24 June at Watford Museum when the winners will be announced.


Full details for submitting your entry and full rules are available by downloading the following documents: Entry Form and rules 2017 (literary) and/or  Entry Form and rules 2017 (Art).

Queries should be referred to watfordwriters@gmail.com (Literature) or ian@scleater.co.uk (Art).

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