Watford Area Arts Forum Art & Literature Competition 2019 (The Harrington Trophy)

The theme of the annual Watford Area Arts Forum competition this year is ‘Dreams’. We would like to invite you to express your interpretation on the theme in any art form or in writing. Dreams could cover many topics; nightmares, dreamcatchers, the meaning of a dream, foretelling of an event, aspirations or your own slant on the theme.

The winners of each of the competitions will receive The Harrington Trophy and a £50 cash prize, 2nd prize is £30 and 3rd is £20.

On Saturday, 20 July, at 2.30 pm presentations will be made to the winners of the competitions in both categories at Watford Museum. The prizes have been generously donated by Richard Harrington MP.

Art Challenge

Please submit your work with the theme ‘Dreams’ and your interpretation of this, but please give your entry a title other than ‘Dreams’.

Entries can be in any form; oils, water colours, pen and ink, collages, photographs etc.

Please bring your entry along to Watford Museum on Wednesday 3 July, between 11am and 4pm. All entries will be on display at the Museum (during normal opening hours) from 4 July until Saturday 20 July. You will have the option of putting your work up for sale, but they will remain in situ until the 20 July. We are delighted that Mario Lautier Vella, a local artist and the winner of last year’s trophy, has agreed to judge the entries this year.

Writing Challenge

Can you come up with 500 words on the theme of ‘Dreams’? This could be in the style of a factual or fictional story that you are bursting to write, or maybe a poem or a play?

We are delighted that the entries will be shortlisted by Mick Callanan, Delivery Director for the Orwell Youth Prize and an English Teacher for 30 years. The final judging panel will include Richard Harrington MP and Peter Taylor, Watford’s Elected Mayor and Oliver Phillips, former Watford Observer Journalist.

The deadline for entry is Monday 17 June. The entries will be then be displayed at Watford Museum from the 4 July, and the winners of the literary competition will be announced at a Watford Writers’ meeting on Monday 15 July at 7.30pm. All entrants are invited to the results night and also to the presentation event on Saturday 20 July at Watford Museum.

Please note the entries should have no less than 300 words and entitle your work something other than ‘dreams’.

Full details for submitting your entry and full rules are available by downloading the following documents: WAAF Art Rules 2019 | WAAF Art Entry Form 2019 | WAAF Literature Entry Form and Rules 2019

More details also available are available at: www.watfordwriters.co.uk

Queries should be referred to Watfordwriters@gmail.com (Literature) or lwjbutler@live.co.uk (Art)

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