The Alpine Fellowship – an arts-focused charity – is offering a generous first prize of £10,000 for its annual writing competition along with a second prize of £3000 and a third prize of £2000.

I’m one of the trustees and can testify that the organisers put on a fascinating event for the winners, held at outstanding locations across Europe and featuring leading artists and academics. This year’s gathering is at Fjällnäs in Sweden.

The prize is a great chance for young writers – or writers of any vintage – to make their mark and to gain insights.

This year the focus of the competition is “identity” – that’s the theme that should inspire submissions. All styles of writing are accepted. There are also prizes for the visual arts and playwriting.

The board of trustees of the Fellowship says:

“The winner and both runners up will also receive mentoring from writers at the Alpine Fellowship 2019 Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held in the stunning landscape of Fjällnäs in Sweden.

Entries must not exceed 2500 words, are limited to one per person, and must not have been published or awarded any other prizes. Judging will be anonymous, so names must be left off submissions. 

The writing prize will be awarded alongside other prizes for visual art and play-writing, each with a first prize of £3000. These must also be on the theme of “Identity” and all mediums are accepted for the visual arts prize. 

Entrants must be over 18 years of age but the competitions are open to all nationalities.”

The competitions are free to enter and close at midnight (UK time) 10th of April 2019. Submissions can be made through The Alpine Fellowship website:

Good luck.