Into The Woods

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We are looking for entries in both prose and poetry which are inspired by the woods and woodland. Feel free to interpret this in any way you wish, we only ask you to keep to the word limit of 2,500 words for prose, 500 words for flash fiction and 40 lines for poetry.


We are open for submissions from the 14th February and we close on the 14th March. We will not consider any entries out-with the submission window.

The Shortlist will be judged by acclaimed writer and poet Dilys Rose.

The six placed writers from the short-list will be given a place on Dilys’ writing workshop to be held on the Friday Afternoon of the Festival.

There will be a prize giving hosted by our Patron, Bernard MacLaverty on the Saturday Afternoon with the winners of the short story, flash fiction and poetry prize invited to read at our In the woods event at Lochend Community Woods on the Sunday morning.

The Six placed Shortlisted Writers will receive free tickets to all the Evening events at the festival.

The Long Listed Writers will feature in an anthology to be launched at the Festival. 



Last Year’s Anthology The Harbour, published by Appletree Writers, featured our winning entries and was very well received.  

The collection is still available to purchase from the Appletree Writers' shop, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the RNLI.

How to submit

Submit your entries in a word document attachment with your name only appearing in the body of your email to and then pay your £3 entry fee through our shop,, using the same email address. Only those submissions with an associated donation will be accepted.

The £3 per entry fee will be donated in its entirety to support CoastWord, Dunbar's Festival of Words.

The Rules

  • Each entry must-

For prose be no more than 2,500 words

For poetry be no more than 40 lines 

For flash fiction be no more than 500 words. 

  • Each entrant may send up to two entries with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author but by submitting, the entrant agrees that a winning entry may be published in our anthology and on our site and also, used in publicity.
  • The judge's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By submitting, entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them.
  • Any entry received before the 14th February and after the closing date of the 14th March will not be considered
  • Any entry received without a corresponding entry fee will not be considered