Three new talent competitions at village festival

Crowd at Deddington Festival
Crowd at Deddington Festival

Three new talent competitions have been launched for this year’s Deddington Festival, which will take place from June 12-22.

For the first time, the festival is launching a film competition for budding film directors in two age categories – under 12s and under 18s. Entries need to follow the theme of ‘scary’ with a maximum length of two minutes. The deadline is May 16.

This year the festival is also offering adults and children the chance to create some fiction or prose as it is holding one open writing competition and a junior one. The first competition is open to everyone with a £3 entry fee. There are two categories: Flash Fiction – a concise story of up to 1,000 words, on a subject of your choice – or a poem in any form of up to 100 words, on a subject of your choice. The deadline is April 14.

The junior writing competition is free and open to children and young people in Oxfordshire in the following age groups: Year 1-3, Year 4-6 and Year 7-11. Entrants should write a story of up to 300 words or a poem of up to 50 words, based on a theme “The door opened…” for the primary school age children.

Those of secondary school age can also use a theme of their own choice. The deadline is April 7.

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