The Katherine Swynford Society Short Story Competition and Biographical Article Competition

Entries are invited for stories relating to the late Medieval period and for entries for the Biographical Article Competition. The main characters may be a mixture of the following: ancestors, contemporaries or descendants of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and his three wives; Blanche of Lancaster, Constance of Castile and Katherine Swynford. Minor characters may include any members of John of Gaunt's entourage in the Duchy of Lancaster. The aim of the competitions is to promote and stimulate interest and research into the life of Katherine Swynford and the late Medieval period.


For the biographical articles, references and footnotes should be included. For the short story competition, the genre can be fiction or faction but must contain a good grounding of historical accuracy. The stories can be set wholly in the fourteenth century or in more recent times and contain flashbacks. It is up to you!


Prizes will be awarded to the best story and to the best article entered in each quarter. Both competitions are FREE to enter. The prize money is £75 for the winning story entry and £75 for the winning biographical article entry. Winning entries and any other commended entries will be published in the Society Journal - 'The Katherine Wheel'. Both competitions are open to members of the Society and also to non-members. We welcome entries from anyone who is interested in this period of history.


Entries must be submitted by email in Word or PDF format and should not exceed 2500 words, including any references or footnotes. Entries should be sent to Dr Joy.


The closing dates for entries are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.Please make sure you read the terms and conditions of the competition before submitting an entry. There are separate terms and conditions for each competition:

Short Story Competition Terms and Conditions; Biographical Article Competition Terms and Conditions.


Should you wish to see a sample of the Society Journal, ask Dr Joy to email a PDF copy of a back issue.


Young Student Writing Competition

     Do you love history? Enjoy writing? Aged 14-18? Why not enter our free writing competition?

Entries are invited from anyone aged between 14-18 for short stories and biographical articles relating to the late Medieval period.The genre can be biographical, fiction or faction but must contain a good grounding of historical accuracy.The stories can be set wholly in the fourteenth century or in more recent times and contain flashbacks. Let your imagination soar - it is up to you!


The main focus should be one of the following: ancestors, contemporaries or descendants of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and his three wives (Blanche of Lancaster, Constance of Castile and Katherine Swynford). Members of John of Gaunt’s entourage in the Duchy of Lancaster may also be used as a subject.


Biographical articles should include a list of references and footnotes where relevant.The aim of the competition is to promote and stimulate interest and research into the life of Katherine Swynford, John of Gaunt and the late Medieval period.Prizes will be awarded to the best entry submitted each quarter.


The competition is free to enter and the prize money is £25.00.  Winning entries and any other commended entries will be published in the society’s journal – ‘The Katherine Wheel’.


This competition is open to young people aged between 14-18 years. Having a story published can be a great way of enhancing your Curriculum Vitae and may assist your application for a place at university or, later, for a higher degree or for a permanent job.


Entries must be submitted by email in WORD or PDF format and should not exceed 2500 words, including any references or footnotes. Entries should be sent to Dr Joy at the email address given below.


The closing dates for entries are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.


Please read the Terms and Conditions of the competition before submitting an entry or you can request for a copy to be emailed to you.Should you wish to see a sample of the society journal, ask Dr Joy to send an email copy of a back issue.


Dr Joy:roger.joy34@outlook.com