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Rules and Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
Anyone over the age of 16.

Do I have to live in Lytham to enter?
No, you do not have to live in Lytham to enter, but as the content of the anthology will be centred on writing about the town, it will help if you are familiar with the area.

What can I write?
You can submit poems, short stories, or pieces of life writing.

How many pieces can I submit?
You can enter a maximum of two poems, or one short story, or one piece of life writing.

How long do these pieces of writing need to be?
Poems should be no more than 60 lines. Short stories and life writing no more than 1500 words.

What should I write about?
We would like you to write about Lytham and/or the surrounding areas. This might involve writing about the town itself, the rural landscape, family life, streets and buildings, local myths and folklore. You might want to write about the past, present or future. Style and approach is entirely up to you, but we are looking for pieces that are lively and interesting to read.

Can I enter a piece of writing that has been published previously?

Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog, online forum or broadcast on radio, internet, podcast or television. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the Lytham Lives competition submission deadline.

How do I enter?

  • All work should be typed (not handwritten).
  • Please hand your completed entry / entries in to Lytham Library before 5:00 pm on Friday 31st May 2013.
  • A completed entry form must be attached to each submission and your name should be on each sheet of paper you hand in.
  • Alternatively, you can email your submission to Please send your entry in the body of the email not as an attachment. Any emails with attachments will be automatically deleted. Please put your name and the title of the work in the subject line. By sending submissions by email you are agreeing to abide by the submission rules and confirming that the work is entirely your own.
  • You can pick up a copy of the entry form Lytham Library or from the cafe at ParkView4U on Park View Road. You can also download a copy of the entry form here.

How will you decide what is published?
Essentially, we are looking for an interesting mix of ‘voices’, young and old, that express different experiences of living in and around the Lytham area. So we will select work that reflects that aim. Please rest assured that if your work is not chosen it doesn’t mean it wasn’t any good, although because of time restrictions we won’t be able to discuss why it wasn’t included. However, if the anthology is successful, then there may be an opportunity for us to include it in another edition.

Is there anything I can’t write about?
As this is a community anthology and will be read by a wide range of people, we will not accept anything that we deem to be offensive to that community. Any work that contains inappropriate language or we consider to be in any way libellous or prejudiced against race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or disability will be rejected.

I’ve never written anything before…I’m not sure where to start!
Why not come along to our free creative writing workshop. Also, one of the best ways to learn how to write is to read what others have done and find writers that strike a chord with you. Lytham Library has a good collection of poems and short stories, and we are sure the librarians will be happy to help you find something inspiring!

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Lytham Lives Anthology

Submission DeadlineMay 31, 2013
The competition is now closed.
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