A Soldier’s Letter Project

Take part in the project and you could be part of the story…

Trench Publishing are the publishers of the Mad Game books written by Chris Cherry, set in and around The Great War. We are currently collecting real-life stories from the families of those who fought in the War and on the look out for new writing talent.

This project links the voices of the young people from the Great War with voices from young people of today. We have a wealth of letters, poems and diaries from the time, but how would they look if they were written today?

A Soldier's Letter

The Soldier’s Letter project is collecting and publishing letters and poems written today, as if we were present in the Great War. How do our young people today actually visualise the Great War?

To be part of the project you are asked…to write the letter, the diary entry or poem you can see being written by the soldier in the picture below. There are no other writing rules, but this soldier…

  • Would have had no more than three sheets of paper (enough for about 3,000 words)

  • Would have had only a short time to write his notes

  • Would have had his letter or diary read and censored by a senior officer

You can use your imagination to create his entire family, friends and his comrades (one is asleep). Where is he? What is he doing? What has happened? He is a real soldier with a real story, but what might it be? It’s up to you! You can make it up and tell his story.

The competition is open to all ages, the judges will select the best entries from various age groups to be put up on the website and included in the anthology. There will be one overall winner.

The age groups are…

  • Under 16 years old
  • 16 to 18
  • 19 and over.
We will publish some of the best entries in October on this website, The Mad Game books site, Facebook and Twitter. The winning selections will form part of the published anthology.  An overall best entry, chosen by our panel of editors and judges, will receive a signed box-set of The Mad Game books in time for Christmas and a Kindle Paperwhite.
A soldier, writing. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
This soldier is writing – What is his story? Photograph courtesy of The Imperial War Museum (c) IWM


Some extracts from entries HERE

How to Enter…

To enter all you have to do is send your entry by email to Submissions at Trench Publishing, putting SOLDIER in the subject line. Entries close at midnight on 30 September 2014. Please add your name and age or age category. The winner will be contacted by email after the closing date. The winner will be announced in early October.

Download A Soldier’s Letter PDF Brief  – A Soldier’s Letter Project

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