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Welcome to the SCR blog page. This is where you can find out the inside track about everything (well almost!) that's going on at Stratford Community Radio. Presenters, producers and all the back room staff will keep you up to speed on all the latest developments at YOUR radio station, so remember to check back on a regular basis. Don't forget, if you've got something to say about the town in which you live, then contact us.


Happily Ever After Writing Competitons Terms and Conditions

Happily Ever After - Writing Competitions - Terms and Conditions
Please read these carefully before submitting your entry.

1. Entry is open to any writer who lives, works or studies in the Stratford-upon-Avon area. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not currently be submitted for publication or any other competition or award.
2. All entries must be accompanied by a cover-sheet detailing the name, address, telephone number and age of the entrant, along with the correct word count. Entrants under 16 must have permission to enter granted by a responsible adult, which might be a parent or teacher.
3. All entries must be typed and on A4 paper. Short stories must be double-spaced. Poems must be single-spaced with double-spacing between each verse, if applicable. Entries cannot be returned.
4. Entries must be posted to Stratford Community Radio, 50 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6QW to arrive before 5pm on the specified closing date. Alternatively entries may be emailed to, although we cannot be responsible for entries not received in time due to problems beyond our control.
5. Short stories must be a maximum of 2,000 words. Poems should be a maximum of 32 lines.
6. Entrants retain full copyright to their work.
7. Closing dates are detailed below. Entries received after these dates will not be considered.
8. Entries written for adult entertainment are accepted, however any entry containing language or references that listeners may consider offensive or inappropriate for afternoon transmission will not be considered.
9. Judges will select a First Place and Runner-up for each competition.
10. If other entries are received which the Judges feel deserve commendation, these entries may be selected to appear on the website at
11. Winners will be notified by the dates shown below by telephone on the number provided on the entry cover-sheet.
12. Winning entries and Runners-up will be published on and entry to this competition confirms agreement to such publication.
13. Writers of winning entries will be invited to the studio at 50 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, in order to read their winning entries live on the Happily Ever After Show. Writers may nominate a third party to read their winning entry on their behalf, if preferred.
14. The Judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
15. No cash prizes will be awarded.
16. No alternative prizes will be awarded, however if prize-winners are not able to attend the studio on nominated dates, an alternative date may be offered in certain circumstances.
17. These Terms and Conditions may be subject to change from time to time, so it is the Entrant’s responsibility to check before submitting their work.

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Happily Ever After Writing Competitions

Happily Ever After, the weekly literary show on Stratford Community Radio,
is seeking out writing talent in the area. We want to hear from aspiring writers,
whether their preference is poetry, short stories, drama, comedy or full-length novels.

To build on our early success, we are holding a series of WRITING COMPETITIONS!

Win the chance to read your work on the radio and have it published online

Christmas Song Words
Ho-ho-ho! Write new words to your favourite Christmas tune!
Closing date: 4th December 2009

Love Poetry
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, send us your love poem, happy or sad.
Closing date: 29th January 2010

Write your own fairytale or put a new spin on an old one. Will it end Happily Ever After?
Closing date: 9th April 2010

Will this be a ghost story, or is someone haunted by something else – a memory, a loss, a mistake?
Closing date: 18th June 2010

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions of entry before submitting your work.

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Happily Ever After…. Halloween Writing Competition

Last Friday Jacqui welcomed into the studio the winners of the Happily Ever After Halloween Writing Competition. She had decorated the room with pumpkins, ghosts, witches, bats, spiders and skeletons to set the scene, and the winners read their winning entries during the show.

Jacqui would like to thank her fellow Judges for their hard work and valuable contribution to the show. The panel consisted of Jacqui, alongside Adrian Styles, Stratford Community Radio’s Station Manager and musician; Annie Macmillan, storyteller and writer; Marion Morgan, musician and event organiser.

Special thanks also go to everyone who entered the competition. The standard was very high which made the judging even more difficult. Winning entries will appear of – the community website for the people of Stratford.

Halloween Writing Competition Winners:

Best Short Story (Over 16) Winner – Maureen Taylor
Best Poem (Over 16) Winner – Pat Williams
Best Short Story (Under 16) Winner – Amy Witton
Best Short Story (Over 16) Runner up – Tanya Lloyd
Best Poem (Over 16) Runner up – Maria Freeman
Best Poem (Over 16) Highly Commended– Wendy Freeman
No eligible entries were received for Best Poem (Under 16)

More writing competitions have been compiled and will be published here later this week.

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Anything Could Happen Now!!!

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse - I have taken over updating the blog!! Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am about as technical as a drawing pin - in fact probably less so! By the end of the day the whole blog could be wiped out, but I will do my best to keep the world up-to-date on what's happening at the nerve centre that we call Stratford Community Radio. Watch this space.... Jacqui

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