Lost Words Dialect Writing Competition – Anthology

A recent writing competition that looked to celebrate the North East lost dialect, sponsored by the Northumbrian Words Project and supported by Arts Council England, had a fantastic response. There were two categories – an adults competition and a young writers competition (for 12-19 year olds). The adults competition was delivered in partnership with the Northumbrian Language Society and we worked with New Writing North to deliver the young writers competition. Entrants were asked to submit short stories up to 1000 words in length which used North East dialect words from our Word Bank of Lost Dialects. The Word Bank of Lost Dialects is a collection of over 2,400 words and phrases that were donated by visitors to our previous Lost Dialects exhibition.

Winners and shortlisted Stories

Short story winners: Adult’s category

1st Place – A Canny Day Oot by Paul Mein
2nd Place – Landfill by Sarah Lenthall
3rd Place – Echoes by Barbara Williams

Short story winners: Young Writer’s category (12-19 years)

1st Place – Spoken Like Home by Lily Tibbetts
2nd Place – Imagine by Jess Mews

Other shortlisted stories

Dare or Divnt by Pete Donald
Breaking the Mould by Geoff Soulsby
Wrap these words around you like a scarf to keep you warm by Tracey Sinclair
Keep Him Out the Clarts! by Julie Hedger
Day at the Sands by Maureen Reed
Sand Dancers by Mary Elliot
Geordie’s Reason by John O’ Neill
Church Doors by Lindsay Bray
Up a Height by Lorraine Weightman

Watch readings of the winning stories

Jamie Brown and Kylie Ann Ford have recorded readings of the top three adult entries and top two young writers entries.

Read the Lost Words Dialect Stories

You can read the winning and shortlisted stories in our Lost Words Dialect Stories digital anthology.


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