Local writer Greg Mosse is one of the judges in the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s historical fiction short story competition – along with our own Suzie Wilde.

He joined this week’s P pod to speak with Claire Vennis about his career and the competition.

Greg Mosse: writer, tutor, judge and all-round nice guy

A great encourager of writers, Greg has delivered successful writing workshops for Guardian Masterclasses, Edinburgh Book Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Chichester Festival Theatre and many others.

This is an extended version of the interview carried in this week’s P pod.


There are two categories:

  • Historical fiction short stories, which relate to an aspect of the collection (houses or artefacts) of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and are set between the years 900AD and 1930.
  • Or historical fiction short stories, which are simply set anywhere in that same time period.

This competition is for adults, although there is a separate under-18s’ competition too. Here the categories are:

  • An illustrated story – or picture book – of up to 100 words, aimed predominantly at children in year two or below; or
  • A story of between 400 and 600 words, which you may or may not choose to illustrate.

Entries must be original stories written by the entrant (though a little help with spelling is considered acceptable). The closing date is 5pm on Friday, 4 September, 2020.

For more information and entry forms, visit the museum’s website.