Posara Prize: Moving towards the final judgement

£1000 competition for original creative writing about Italy

With more than 160 entries, each an original essay on ‘A Foreigner in Italy’, the Posara Prize, closed at the end of last month. “It’s an excellent response,” says Lois Breckon of The Watermill at Posara, sponsors of the £1,000 prize for creative writing about Italy. “We so grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to write a story for us and we have really enjoyed reading all the entries. We have had submissions from all over the world: The UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia and we have even had entries from India and Indonesia. And we’ve had all sorts of stories, from factual accounts of Italian life, to mystery thrillers and, of course, romance.”

Entrants were asked to submit an original article or short story of no more than 2,000 words, to capture the emotion of Italy, as seen through an outsider's eyes, capturing the qualities that make Italy irresistible, interesting, inspiring, exasperating or even frightening.

Lois commented, "Now comes the painstaking task of selecting the ten best entries for a shortlist ready for the final judgement."

Best selling authors will judge entries

The shortlist will be announced on the Watermill at Posara website (www.watermill.net) on 21 March. The ten final entries will be read and assessed by best-selling authors Jessica Hart, Sharon Kendrick and Anita Burgh. All have led creative writing courses at The Watermill at Posara. The winner will be revealed on 5 April 2011.

 About the Watermill at Posara
The Watermill at Posara has been a vibrant creative centre for both writing courses and painting workshops for the past two decades. The historic watermill stands beside the River Rosaro in the small village of Posara, near the medieval town of Fivizzano in the unspoilt Tuscan region of Lunigiana. Secluded and peaceful, set in a gentle valley with high mountains in the background, the watermill is an inspirational spot for painters and writers alike.

Painting holidays and creative writing courses at the watermill are run by a team of international tutors, each selected for their passionate involvement with their art and for their inspirational and sympathetic teaching. There are more details about the watermill, its location and amenities and about the painting holidays and creative writing courses on www.watermill.net/painting-holidays and www.watermill.net/writing-holidays.