21 September, 2019.






The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Love Letters’ and they want you to pack them with romance, originality and creativity.

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The competition, is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entries should be in the form of a love letter and entrants are free to write about whatever they wish as long as the theme of love and the form of a letter are adhered to.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

The winner of the competition and runners up will be announced at a special ceremony at Hull Central Library on 2 November 2019 at 2 pm.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The competition, is open to anyone over 16 years of age.
  • All entries must be typed or neatly handwritten and with a maximum word-count of 1500.
  • Entries may contain more than one letter but max wordcount must be adhered to per submission.
  • This year, the competition is eco-friendly and entries must be submitted by email

Opportunity Cost


  • The winner of the competition will receive £100 and their entry will be published on the website and shared via various social media outlets.
  • The runner up will receive £50 and there will also be two commendations of £25.
  • Cash prizes are kindly donated by Informed Financial Planning and The James Reckitt Library Trust.

How to Apply

First Step: Email entries can be sent to with the subject: Val Wood Prize: Love Letters.

Second Step: Please submit as Word, Pages. If submitting in PDF Format please ensure that the entrants name is not on the document as entries are judged anonymously.

Third Step: Your name, address, telephone number and email address must be included with your entry on a separate piece of paper.


  • Entries from already commercially published writers will not be accepted.
  • Previous entrants/winners may enter the competition again using alternative entries.
  • Entries that have been submitted before will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Entries must be the original work of the competitor, in English, and must not have been published, broadcast or have won a competition prize. No alterations can be made to a story once it has been submitted.
  • Entrants can win only one prize. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Copyright remains with the author, but the organisers reserve the right to publish the winning entries online or in print for one year after 2/11/19.
  • The organisers reserve right to alter details of the competition if necessary.

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Know more about this opportunity:

Official Website

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This Scholarship Published by:
Amina Hamed / Egypt

Reviewed by “ Rahaf Elkhodary / Egypt and Samah Gacem/ Algeria
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team