Our short story writing competition is back after the success of last year’s which produced some very high quality entries, despite lockdown and everything being ‘virtual’.  This is the twelfth year of the competition; originally started by our patrons, RC Bridgestock, international crime writing authors.

Chris Cane, Marketing & Events Manager said, ‘This is an exciting opportunity for budding Island writers to become published authors and win some great prizes by very talented people.  We are delighted this year to announce three new celebrity readers who have kindly agreed to donate their time to read the winning stories.’

Richard Cadell is a British illusionist, puppeteer and screenwriter, best known for being the in-vision presenter and the hand of puppet Sooty since succeeding Matthew Corbett in 1998.

He is a Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle and Past President of the British section of International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Richard Cadell

Robert Daws is an actor, crime writer and broadcaster. He is particularly well known for his work in television including leading roles in Jeeves and Wooster, John Sullivan’s Roger Roger and Rock and Chips, the British Comedy Award Winning, Outside Edge, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, Poldark, Sick Note, Father Brown, Agatha Raisin and eight series of The Royal.

He has recently played a leading role in the feature film, The Piper, opposite Elizabeth Hurley and Tara Fitzgerald.

This summer he will become a regular cast member of the BBC’s new murder mystery series, Sister Boniface.

Robert Daws

Amy Robbins is an English stage, film and TV actress best known for her role as Dr. Jill Weatherill in the British television series, The Royal. Before her role in The Royal she played Police Sergeant Rachel James in the BBC One hospital drama, Casualty. Amy has appeared in many TV series including EastEnders, Holby City, World’s End, Where the Heart Is, Happiness, My Hero, Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Slammer, Doctors, People Like Us, Holby City, Hollyoaks and Noah’s Ark.

Amy Robbins

Melvyn Hayes, best known for his role as Gunner Beaumont in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, together with 70’s children’s comedy, The Double Deckers. Melvyn also starred with Sir Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday and The Young Ones. This is Melvyn’s fourth year reading and supporting Sight for Wight.

Melvyn Hayes

The closing date for the competition is Friday 12th November. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on Monday 7th December and also invited to join the team at Vectis Radio to be interviewed on air as well as a podcast of their story. 

The Under 12’s category will have their story printed in the County Press and certificates for all winners; the other categories will have their stories published online. 

Entry forms are available from:

Waterstones, High Street, Newport

Sight for Wight, Millbrooke House, 137 Carisbrooke Road, Newport  PO30 1DD (SAT NAV via Castle Road PO30 1DT)

Dress for Less, 114 St James Street, Newport  PO30 5HB (opposite Man In The Moon)

You can download an entry form HERE

Good luck!