Post Apocalypse


Canterbury's Liveliest Writing Group

Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2020

Post Apocalypse

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, we are looking for poems and short stories which respond to the themes of this novel. Write about an area, a society, a world before, during or after a nuclear disaster, a pandemic, a deluge or any other disaster.

You might narrow the scope to write about an individual’s personal disaster. The mood can be negative or positive. Your work might even reflect Hoban’s interest in the distortion of historical memory and of language. It’s not necessary to read the novel but we hope you do!

More information about the novel



First: The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200

Second: £100

Third: £50

Judged by Dorothy Lehane

Max word count: 60 lines


First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Professor Geralyn Pinto of £200

Second: £100

Third: £50

Judged by Sonia Overall

Max word count: 3500

Entry fees

£3 per poem £8 for three

£4 per short story £10 for three


August 31st 2020

Terms and conditions