Sturminster Newton Literary Festival

It is with heavy hearts that we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s festival. It is the only and right thing to do in the light of continued concern and uncertainty about the spread of the coronavirus. We are grateful for all the tremendous help and encouragement we have received from our authors, speakers, entertainers, sponsors, local businesses, stallholders, volunteers and supporters. We are committed to the future success of the festival and will carry much of our planning over to next year’s festival, which will take place from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June 2021.



Photography Competition 2020


Sturminster Newton Literary Festival is delighted to announce its first photography competition.

Send us a photo of a scene in and around Sturminster Newton that could illustrate the work of William Barnes or Thomas Hardy.  We’re after scenes that inspired their writing, including those that bring out the best in Sturminster Newton, such as the Mill, River Stour, thatched buildings, Town Bridge, Colber Bridge, as well as the immediate area.

Winning photographs will be published in a calendar sponsored by Rutters Solicitors that will be available in late 2020 and show off Sturminster Newton in a creative new light. The calendar design will include a quotation from the writing of either William Barnes or Thomas Hardy alongside each photograph used.



Terms and conditions

By submitting an entry to this competition, entrants agree to our terms and conditions.

The competition is open to everyone except those directly involved in the competition or judging, including their families.

Entrants under 18 years of age must have the permission of their parent/guardian to enter.

The closing date is midnight on Sunday 20th September 2020. Submissions received after this date are not eligible. Please note that sending is not proof of receipt.

By submitting images, each entrant confirms they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their own original work and that they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image.

By entering the competition, entrants grant Sturminster Newton Literary Festival licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose to further its aims and objectives.

An entry must be a minimum of 3MB file and have been taken between 01/01/2018 and the closing date.

A maximum of five entries can be submitted by an entrant.

Entries must be emailed to  Include your name, address, age (if under 18), ‘phone number, plus date and title of each photo.

We will keep entrants’ details on our database solely to enable us to use their images and send information about the Sturminster Newton Literary Festival Photography Competition.

A prize will be awarded to the overall winner of the competition.

Judging will be carried out by representatives of the Literary Festival Committee, Rutters Solicitors and Wessex Photo.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging and organisation.