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Just write 500 words of fiction, or non-fiction, or 20 lines of a poem which celebrates one of the lost words:

acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker, dandelion, fern, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, magpie, newt, otter, raven, starling, weasel, willow or wren.


The Competition Judges are authors and writers Alexander Gordon Smith, Antoinette Moses, Helen Smith and Jos Smith*


The Prizes (awarded for each age category  (11-14 and 15-18)

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A hamper of chocolates from our sponsor Gnaw Chocolate
  • An invitation to the award-giving at FLY on Wednesday 11 July
  • Signed copies of a selection of books by this year’s FLY authors. And a signed copy of The Lost Words, A Spell Book.
  • A chance for your writing to be published on the FLY web pages. 
  • Runners up will also be invited to the award ceremony and will receive signed books
  • Secret prize - watch this space!


To enter, please download a competition entry form opposite  

Closing Date: Monday 4 June 2018


Alexander Gordon Smith, known as Gordon, is the Patron of FLY and a best-selling author celebrated for his series Escape From Furnace, The Devil’s Engine and for many other novels including Fury. The Author of two creative writing handbooks, he actively encourages people of all ages to read and write, and runs creative writing talks and workshops across the world.

Jos Smith is a poet and lecturer in contemporary literature at UEA. A passionate and engaged environmentalist, he is the author of The New Nature Writing, Rethinking the Literature of Place. His first collection of poems Subterranea, published in 2016, explores humankind’s relationship with the earth it shares.

Helen Smith is a non-fiction writer and a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature at UEA.  Her much-praised book on Edward Garnett (“…this is an exceptional biography”, John Carey Sunday Times) was published last year.

Antoinette Moses is the Producer of FLY, teaches Creative Writing at UEA and has written plays, short stories as well as works non-fiction. Her best-selling novellas for students learning English have won multiple awards, and she is currently writing her first YA novel. She also breaks the rule this year that all competition judges must have the name Smith.