Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Writing competition champions a dying art
The team behind the successful Global Short Story Competition has launched a new free competition dedicated to championing the art of letter writing.
The competition, which asks entrants to write a letter of no more than 200 words that tells a story, is sponsored by artist Pam Bassington, who recently launched a campaign to save the letter as it battles to survive in an age of email and Twitter.
Pam, who lives in Darlington, County Durham, England, bases much of her work on the idea of letter writing and is a follower of the Mail Art project that has brought together an international community of artists and illustrators. Each artist sends one of the others a posted package but, unlike a traditional letter or parcel, it is intended to be received and admired for its own sake.
Pam, who is championing letter writing on her website www.pambassington.com, said: “The art of letter writing is dying out, which is a real shame because it is such a powerful medium. Receiving a letter is one of the great joys of life and, through my art, I am trying to persuade people to keep writing them. Sponsoring the competition is an ideal way of furthering that work. The letter has always played a key part in fiction.”
The challenge for the writers entering the competition is to produce a letter that is informative, entertaining, revealing and provides enough back story for the reader. Stories can be entered at the Group set up on the home page of www.globalwriters.net, the prize is £50 and the deadline is November 1, 2012.
* More about the Global Short Story Competition can be found at www.globalshortstories.net Pam‘s work can be viewed at www.pambassington.com