This year is marked with commemorations of 100th anniversaries: the end of the First World War, the formation of the Royal Air Force and the 1918 Representation of the People Act, giving women the right to vote.

Watford Area Arts Forum, Watford Writers and Watford & Bushey Arts Society would like to invite you to express your interpretation on a theme of ‘100’ in art form or in writing.

You can use one of the themes listed or any other reflection of 100 years ago or the number 100.

The winner of the competitions will receive a £50 cash prize and The Harrington Trophy, second prize is £30 and third is £20.

On July 28, at 2.30pm, presentations will be made to the winners of the competitions in both categories at Watford Museum by Peter Taylor, elected Mayor of Watford.

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Challenge Submit your work with the theme ‘100’ and your interpretation of this, but give your pictorial entry a title other than ‘100’.

Entries can be in any form - oils, watercolours, pen and ink, collages, photographs etc.

Bring your entry along to Watford Museum on July 4, between 11am and 4pm. All entries will be on display at the museum from July 5 until 28. You will have the option of putting your work up for sale, but they will remain in situ until July 28. Sheelagh Frew Crane, an artist from the area, has agreed to judge the anonymous entries.

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Writing Challenge

Can you come up with 500 words on the theme of ‘100’, they could be in the style of a factual or fictional story that you are bursting to write, or maybe a poem? You might put a modern twist on an old fashioned story or fable, suffragettes, the widows of the First World War, or 100 years since Stonehenge Entries will be shortlisted by Jan Moran Neil MSt (Cantab) B.Ed. Hons. Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge, performed playwright, published writer, experienced tutor, freelance editor and publisher, actress and director. The final judging panel will include Richard Harrington and Peter Taylor.

The deadline for entry is Monday. The top ten entries will be displayed at Watford Museum, and the winners of the literary competition will be announced at a Watford Writers’ meeting on July 9 at 7.30pm. All entrants are invited to the results night and also to the presentation event on July 28 at Watford Museum.

Please note the entries should have no less than 300 words.

Full details for submitting your entry and rules are available at: or

Queries should be referred to (Literature) or