This is the theme for the 2020 Waterloo Festival Writing Competition.  

We are publishing selected submissions as an e-book for the Waterloo Festival, available from Amazon.  Do have a look at what we have done so far:

2018’s  publication: To Be ... To Become

2019’s publication:  Transforming Being

Waterloo Festival is an annual celebration of emerging arts, music and ideas, hosted in and around St John’s Waterloo in the heart of London. We aim to bring together communities, create new artistic connections and provide fresh inspiration for all. 

St John’s Waterloo, known for its activism and diversity, is currently fundraising for a major redevelopment. It is home to Southbank Sinfonia and the life-changing Bridge to Employment courses.


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What we’re looking for:

  • Prose or monologue.
  • 1000 maximum word limit
  • The topic is Transforming Communities Please interpret this freely. It can be serious, sad, happy, hysterical... you choose and make our day!

 How to submit:

  • Submissions must be in English, no longer than 1000 words and previously unpublished.
  • Email submissions only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In the subject line, please put Waterloo Festival, your name and title of the story or monologue
  • Send the submission as a .doc or .docx attachment. It should be double-spaced. Please do not put an extra double-space between paragraphs but do indent new paragraphs.
  • Use a regular font e.g. Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point
  • In the header of the submission include the name by which you would like to be known and the title of the text.
  • In the footer please include your legal name and full contact details, including your preferred email address and telephone number. Please use the header and footer function to create headers and footers.
  • Please add a third person bio at the end of your text – between 50 and 70 words and include a URL if you wish.
  • Submissions will be accepted between 7 December 2019 and 17:00 on 29 February 2020. Any entries received after this or not complying with the format requested will not be eligible. Multiple submissions are accepted but we will not publish more than one story per entrant.
  • Successful submissions will be announced on the Waterloo Festival site in the first week of May.

All three e-books from years 2018, 2019 and 2020. will also be produced in one volume as a paperback to be released on 5 December 2020.