Museum seeks sci-fi writers

A NORTHUMBERLAND based museum is one look out for sci-fi writers of the future to take part in an ‘out of this world’ competition.

Woodhorn museum, in Ashington, has launched the INVASION! short story competition to find talented young writers.

The competition is open to young people up to the age of 19, and three lucky winners will see their work printed and displayed publicly at Woodhorn’s latest major sci-fi exhibition, with the winning stories also being read out by a professional actor at a special awards event on June 27.

Award-winning fantasy writer, Gavin Williams, will judge the competition, alongside ‘talent spotting’ writer and journalist Laura Fraine and young participants in Woodhorn’s Time Travel Northumberland project.

Competition finalists will have a unique opportunity to interact and learn from the judges at a ‘Booker Prize’ style event day at Woodhorn.

There are three age categories in the competition – nine years and under, ten to 13 years and 14 to 19 years. Stories should have a science fiction theme and be up to 500 words long. The deadline for entries is May 31.

There will be one winner and two runners up per category. Stories should be submitted by email to or sent as a hard copy in the post to: INVASION! Story Competition, Woodhorn, QEII Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF.