Skip to main content

Creative Writing competition 2018

Writers often write about what they know, and to look for the universal in personal experiences. GPs bear witness to a greater raft of personal stories than many other professionals, and regularly come face to face with narratives of the most significant and universal themes. For a growing number of GPs, writing is a way of processing and maybe making sense of these experiences.

Putting a true or fictionalised account of these experiences out into the world allows others to benefit from them also. Last year we had some wonderful entries for our first Dorset GP Creative Writing Competition (see below), and we have decided to run the competition again – so we encourage you to pick up your pens, or open your laptops, and play with words.

We are looking for short stories or poems, in any style or genre (fantasy, romance, literary, science or children’s fiction). All we ask is that they reflect the experience of a GP (or trainee GP).


Short Story: Up to 3000 words. We are looking for stories which engage, surprise or touch us. This can include ‘Flash Fiction’ (ie. 50-100 words).

Poetry: Up to 42 lines. We are looking for poetry that is honest and reflects the world that you live and work in.


Deadline 1 June 2018

Winning entry: £100 prize

Please submit your entry as a word document to T&Cs apply- for a copy, email


Creative Writing competition 2017

We are delighted to announce the winner of our Creative Writing competition for 2017 is Dr Alison Gardiner.

Click here to read Alison’s short story: Dr David’s problem page in Bournemouth Daily News

Bournemouth Daily News


The panel of judges were extremely impressed with the quality of all the entries and the talent and creativity shown by local GPs.

Selected entries:

Calling by Dr Ramtohal

Firefighting by Dr Ramtohal

And the leaves fell by Dr Evans

Two Sides to Every Story by Dr Ling


Judging panel: Emma Scattergood, Dr Tom Masters and Dr Susie Tate

Emma Scattergood is a journalist, novelist, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, English and Communication. She is also Editorial Director of Fresher Publishing/The Fresher Writing Prize.

Dr Tom Masters is a poet, playwright and short story writer.  He teaches on Bournemouth University’s English and Communication degrees and has recently helped to develop the University’s new MA in Creative Writing and Publishing.

Dr Susie Tate is a local GP and published author (