Anthology: Creative Writing Project

Entries to the Creative Writing Project are now closed. Thank you to everyone who has taken part and we look forward to reading your submissions.

From a puddle to the ocean – rivers to rockpools – cloud formations to a dewdrop - water is everywhere and it’s amazing. So we’ve chosen water as the theme for this year’s creative writing anthology.

This year we are keen to invite entries about nature in all seasons and all weathers. Use your imagination! Think about everything that relates to our Sussex seas and beaches, such as starfish, sea squirts, Mermaid's Purses, sea birds, fish, waders, kelp. Wildlife that lives on and around wetlands, lakes, rivers and ponds. Otters, Water Voles, ducks, dragonflies, swans, toads, frogs and newts. Clouds, reflections, dew drops, snow, mist, rain, storms.

Your work needs to be a maximum of 14 lines of poetry (in any format you prefer - haiku or sonnets are welcome), or 50-100 words of prose poetry, micro-fiction or flash fiction. All entries need to be previously unpublished, including on social media.

Local poet Janet Sutherland, alongside a Sussex Wildlife Trust panel will pick a selection to publish in our online anthology and the best submissions will be shared on Sussex Wildlife Trust's website and social media channels.


  • Submissions are welcome from all ages, adults and children. Please include your age if under 16 years old, on the form below.
  • One entry per person please
  • Your work must be original and previously unpublished
  • Copyright of all submissions will remain with the Author, but the Sussex Wildlife Trust would have permission to reproduce the submission, with credit to author, in print and online.

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2023