A Soldier’s Letter Competition

August 19, 2014

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Win a Kindle Paperwhite and share your story online…

Trench Publishing are the publishers of the Mad Game books written by Chris Cherry, set in and around The Great War. We are currently collecting real-life stories from the families of those who fought in the War.

We are also on the look out for new writing talent.

The competition, running until the end of September is…

…to write the letter, the diary entry or poem you can see being written by the soldier in the picture below. There are no other writing rules, but this soldier…

  • Would have had no more than three sheets of paper (enough for about 3,000 words)

  • Would have had only a short time to write his notes

  • Would have had his letter or diary read and censored by a senior officer

You can use your imagination to create his family, friends and his comrades (one is asleep). Where is he? What is he doing? What has happened? He is a real soldier with a real story, but what might it be? It’s up to you!

The competition is open to all ages, the judges will select the best entries from various age groups to be put up on the website. There will be one overall winner.

The age groups will be…

Under 16 years old, 16 to 18 and 19 and over.

We will publish the best entries in October on this website, Facebook and Twitter. The single winning entry, drawn by our panel of judges, will receive a signed box-set of The Mad Game books in time for Christmas and a Kindle Paperwhite.
A soldier, writing. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

A soldier, writing. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum


How to Enter…

To enter all you have to do is send your entry by email to Submissions at Trench Publishing, putting SOLDIER in the subject line. Entries close at midnight on 30 September 2014. Please add your name and age or age category. The winner will be contacted by email after the closing date. The winner will be announced in early October.

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