Caldecott Arts Festival Writing Competition

December 17, 2021

It’s New Year and a time for new beginnings – will your future-self persuade your present-self to make a fresh start?

Live your Dreams

We’ve all dreamed of following our hearts; of finding fulfilment through a new and different life, especially in the last two years. The Caldecott Festival, in Whitchurch, March 2022, celebrates a man who did just that. 

Chester-born Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) was a bank clerk in industrial Manchester. In 1871, he resigned to follow his passion, travelling to London with just his dreams and an armful of sketches. He went on to become a famous illustrator, often referred to as the father of picture books. 

Inspired by the spirit of Caldecott, our competition encourages you to imagine making that leap of faith. We want you to write a letter to yourself from the future, having made that all-important change. What does your new life look like? What have you achieved? How do you feel? Was following your dream all you hoped it would be? 

It’s New Year and a time for new beginnings – will your future-self persuade your present-self to make a fresh start?

Entries are open to anyone aged 18+ and should be no more than 500 words. Please send your entry as a double-spaced Word document, in Times New Roman font, size 12, to: becreative@caldecottfestival.org.uk. Our favourite entry will win a £50 Book Token.

The competition closes at midnight on Thursday 3rd February 2022.