Gearing Up 4 Gorillas' (G4G) is the only UK charity that focuses 100% on the conservation of the mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo, through providing funds and equipment to the rangers whose job it is to protect them.

Budden Writing Competition 2019

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) is keen to encourage and inspire amateur writers and poets in launching this competition to all ages, from anywhere in the UK.

The subject of your entry should be either:

Competition Rules:

Final judging will take place by Saturday 18th January, 2020. The winner will be informed on Saturday 18th January or as soon as possible thereafter; remaining entries will be informed by Monday 20th January, or as soon as possible after the winning entry has been successfully contacted.

One entry will be chosen as the winner. The author of the winning entry will receive a £500 cash prize.
‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ certificates will be awarded to remaining entries from the final round.

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) reserves the right to utilise entries:

Those authors/poets whose entries are called for submission agree, by taking part in this competition, that their submissions, any title given to it and their name, may be used in G4G publicity.

Submission of an entry into this competition automatically constitutes acceptance of all the competition rules. All authors/poets are able to publish, republish and repurpose entries in print and digital formats including but not limited to magazines, promotion materials, websites, databases and as part of downloadable digital products after the competition has closed.


  1. Four G4G trustees
  2. One invited judge from the writers network within Dorset or Wiltshire


Q. Can my entries have been submitted elsewhere?
A. Yes, providing they will be available for judging by G4G during the relevant dates.

Q. How many works can I enter?
A. There is no restriction on how many entries you can send.

Q. Can I enter for both the Budden Art Competition and the Budden Writing Competitions?
A. You may enter both competitions.

Q. Is there an entry fee?
A. There is no entry fee for either competition.

Q. If I don’t have a computer can I still enter?
A. We can only accept electronic entries for the competition. Your local library may have the facilities you need for entering your work, or perhaps a friend/colleague can assist you. Some local schools also provide internet access for residents in their area.


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