Plymouth Writers Group have made a decision that regrettably, they will not be proceeding with their 2019 Short Story Competition details of which have already been promulgated. The competition which normally opens on 1st November of each year, is now “on hold” for the immediate future.

Alan Grant, Vice Chairman

Welcome to the website of the Plymouth Writers Group.

This site contains information about our group and provides you with useful links.

PWG meets on the first Saturday of the month with a core of formal members who agree to attend eight out of twelve monthly meetings a year.  We also have informal members who cannot attend regularly and come when they can.  All attendees pay a small fee on the day.street

PWG now hold it’s meetings in the University of Plymouth, and work in close collaboration, with the English & Creative Writing Department.
This has placed us in the mainstream of creative writing; members write short stories, books, poetry, and also scripts for radio and stage. 
Each month we agree a writing assignment and authors read their stories to the group at the following meeting.  However, some prefer to bring their own story or a short excerpt of their work in progress.  We are not tutor led but do actively support each other with critiques and constructive criticism, through listening and learning.

We are working towards both our next Anthology, and our next International Short Story Competition.  Details may be found on this website.

PWG a friendly group and if you are interested in attending a meeting as a guest please go to the Potential Members section on this website.  

Finally, PWG is not involved with politics or pressure groups, nor is it associated with them.

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      1. Hi Mary, I am Paddy, I am 40 originally from Dublin. I have my first book due out this week, Plymouth A war in words. It’s the history of Plymouth in poetry form. I also dabble in short stories and I would genuinely like to enhance my creativity and story telling, it is a passion of mine.


    1. Hi Patrick thanks. Have passed your enquiry onto the Chair of PWG (Lou Fletcher) and asked him to respond. Alan Grant


  1. Please I have a short story I will like to enter in the competition, but I reside in Nigeria. I don’t get the bank account you put up and the method of payment. Must I pay in pounds or naira equivalent? Can I pay through any of the Nigerian banks. Secondly, the email address is in upper case, is it OK like that?


    1. Hi, Sorry for the delay in replying, Christmas got in the way. Thanks for the interest in the competition, unfortunately we can only accept payment by the listed methods, and only in Pounds Sterling.
      The email address shouldn’t be case sensitive so is fine with any combination of upper / lower case letters.


  2. Dear Plymouth Writers Group
    I have 2 short stories that I would like to submit to your writing competition that I have seen advertised.
    Can you advise me on the maximum word count for the short stories.
    I have tried to get onto your website to find out more information but to no avail.
    Look forward to your reply
    Iain Hughes


    1. Thank you Cathy, we have a full membership currently, but keep an eye on the news section in case we get an opening. Or feel free to send a message to the contact page with a request of interest and I can pass it on to the chairman


    1. Hi Mary, Thanks for getting into contact about the group. I will pass your details onto the chair and you should be contacted about whether there is a space, or if there’s a waiting list. Matt


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  4. Matt, Thanks so much for this very professional portal to our group. I just love that creepy picture – where did you get it? Lou Fletcher.


    1. Lou — in answer to your query as to the origin of the ‘creepy picture’? It reminded me very much of the ones you drew in connection with your excellent story concerning ‘A Stolen Ruby’ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. Excellent website. Clearly talented creator, cover very atmospheric. Reminds me of that brilliant book “Short Stories for Longer Journeys”.


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