Published on September 5th, 2014 | by LTWF


The 1st Wilko Johnson Writing Award

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The Louder Than Words team, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and Rock’s Backpages, are delighted to announce the Wilko Johnson Writing Award for 2014

The award was launched last autumn as part of the inaugural Louder Than Words Festival, an event celebrating popular music writing in all forms. The first winner was Ryan Carse, 20, a Music Journalism student at the University of Chester.

All young writers (age 25 or under on 16th November 2014) are eligible and invited to enter our second competition.

Each contestant should submit a 350-word entry, responding to this title:

‘The charts are dead!’: Is the Top 40 still relevant in 2014?

As part of their prize, the winner receives a full Weekend Festival Pass (Fri 14th – Sun 16th Nov, 2014)

All short-listed entrants will receive free entry to the award event on Sunday, 16th November, 2014.

Winners will be presented their award at a dedicated award event on Sunday 16th November, 2014 at The Palace Hotel, Manchester.

All entries MUST be received by midnight on Friday 17th October, 2014 as a Word attachment to:


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PRIZES: The winning entry will:

  • receive a complete set of 100 titles in Bloomsbury’s acclaimed 33⅓ album series
  • be published on the prestigious rock journalism website Rock’s Backpages http://www.rocksbackpages.com/
  • receive a year’s subscription to Rock’s Backpages
  • receive a full weekend Festival Pass for Louder Than Words 2014

The winner and all short-listed entrants of the competition will be announced by Wednesday, 5th November 2014.

Acceptance of the prize and/or attendance at the Award event must be received in writing to jilladam@louderthanwordsfest.com by midnight Friday, 7th November 2014, after which the prize will be awarded to the next winner in line.

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1       By entering the Wilko Johnson Writing Competition (© Louder Than Words Ltd) you accept the following terms and conditions:
1.1     The competition is open to all members of the general public aged 25 or under on 16th November 2014.
1.2     Only one entry per person per Competition is allowed.
1.3     The submission must be the entrant’s own work.
1.4     Winners will be notified via email and will be required to respond within the time stated in the competition text.
1.5     The judge’s decision is final.
1.6     We reserve the right to request written proof of age of any winner.
1.7     We reserve the right to disqualify any entrant if we have reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.
1.8     Prizes are correct at the time of posting the competition details. Those supplied by third parties cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to change.
1.9     By entering the competition, entrants agree to take part in future publicity however we will not pass your details to third parties without your consent.
1.10   Louder Than Words does not accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition or as a result of accepting any prize.

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