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All Words for Forgiveness

Wed Jun 14 2017

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writing competition

Hi there authors, poets and playwrights. We want you to enter a writing competition on the theme of forgiveness to accompany The Judas Passion, a new piece of classical music by composer Sally Beamish and British poet, David Harsent.

If your entry is selected, it will be published in a special anthology, All Words for Forgiveness, at the UK Premiere of The Judas Passion. There’ll also be prizes for our favourite pieces: first prize of £150, second prize of £100, third prize of £50 and 3 runners up at £25 each. The competition is open to all pupils in school years 7–13 and their teachers.

Your writing can take any form, and you interpret the theme in any way you want. For example, you might want to think about:

What does it mean to forgive?
What does it mean to be forgiven?
Are some things unforgivable?
Is forgiving others good for you?

Send your entries to info@oae.co.uk by 15 July 2017.

Young people’s entries should be made by a supervising teacher and all entries should include the writer’s name, school year (if applicable) and contact details for the school and teacher.  There will also be a teachers prize of £150 for the outstanding entry from a member of teaching staff.


  • Hi there,

    Is there a word limit for this competition? As in, is there a minimum or a maximum?



    Hannah Notowitz Wed Jun 21 2017
  • Hi,
    Lots of students at my school are interested. Can you give any more guidance please about the word count or the form/genre you’d like?
    Lucy Hewitt.

    Lucy Hewitt Fri Jun 23 2017
  • Hi Hannah,

    There are no maximum or minimum word limits. The only thing to keep in mind would be that there may not be room in the anthology for very longer pieces. Of course, that doesn’t exclude them from the prize though.

    oae Thu Jun 29 2017