Following the success of the 2020 Sight for Wight Short Story Writing Competition, this month sees the launch of the 2021 event.

The annual writing competition was started some 12 years ago by Sight for Wight patrons and international crime writing authors, RC Bridgestock. The theme this year is ‘vision’.

Budding Island writers are being given the opportunity to become published authors with their stories recorded by celebrity readers. This year the celebrities include:

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Richard Cadell – British illusionist, Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle and famed for being the hand of puppet Sooty since succeeding Matthew Corbett in 1998.

Robert Daws – actor, famed for parts played in Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, Poldark and of course Dr Ormerod in all 8 series of The Royal. He has also recently played a leading role in the feature film The Piper opposite Elizabeth Hurley and Tara Fitzgerald.

Amy Robbins – English stage, film and TV actress played alongside Robert in her role as Dr Jill Weatherill in The Royal. Other roles included Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City, Where the Heart Is, Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe, Doctors, and Hollyoaks.

Melvyn Hayes – best known for his role as Gunner Beaumont in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, together with 70’s children’s comedy, The Double Deckers. Melvyn also starred with Sir Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday and The Young Ones. This is Melvyn’s 4th year reading and supporting Sight for Wight.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 12th November. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on Friday 10th December.

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Charity CEO Lisa Hollyhead says:

“As we do each year, the theme is deliberately broad to allow people to interpret it as they wish; some stories may be sight related, others may be paranormal or indeed your view of the future. The competition is not only run in order to provide vital funds for Sight for Wight but also to recognise the wide ranging writing talent here on our Island.”

Entry forms are available online at or by emailing [email protected]. You can also obtain an entry from from Waterstones, Newport; Sight for Wight, 137 Carisbrooke Road, Newport or Dress for Less, 114 St James Street, Newport.

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