*Please note that the 2020 competition is now closed for entries. The winner will be announced in December.

Take part in the first ever Ovacome Creative Writing Competition for the chance to win some fantastic prizes! We are launching this competition to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and money for our ovarian cancer support services. 

First Prize: due to receiving an anonymous donation our top prize has now doubled to £500!

Runner up prize: TBA

The competition is open to anyone in the UK over the age of 18. You can enter a short story with a maximum word count of 2,000 words.

You can enter any time between 31 July 2020 and 31 October 2020 - the winner and runner up will be announced in December 2020.

The theme for the 2020 writing competition is 'Overcoming'. This theme can be interpreted in many different ways (for example: overcoming fear, isolation, prejudice, set-backs - the possibilities are endless!). Your story doesn't have to be about health or ovarian cancer. 

Creative writing promotes happiness and mental well-being, so this is a great opportunity to express yourself, whether you are an experienced writer or have never written a story before. We can't wait to read your inspiring and creative stories!

How to Enter

  1. Click here to read our competition terms & conditions.
  2. Register for the competition below by paying your £5 entry fee and entering your information.
  3. Click here to download your application form. This is where you will write your story and confirm your details. 
  4. Email your application form to [email protected]

OR you can submit your entry by post to Ovacome, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT. For postal entries, please enclose your £5 entry fee as a cheque made payable to Ovacome.

Please note: only entrants who have paid the £5 entry fee will be considered. 

We are delighted to announce our wonderful panel of judges...

Best-selling novelist, broadcaster, and Eats, Shoots & Leaves author Lynne Truss.

Crime writer, award-winning journalist and author of several non-fiction books, William Shaw.

Former BBC Travel Show presenter and writer Matthew Collins, who now teaches Shakespeare in schools and prisons.

Further prize and judging panel updates will be posted on this page.


Ovacome Trustee, Bob Leach will be assisting in the shortlisting process. He is a published author of a book about his grandson, who sadly died of a rare form of cancer.

If you have any questions about the Ovacome writing competition, please email [email protected]

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