‘Time to Talk’: Mental Wellbeing Competition

Enter our latest competition for the chance to win a two hours of mentoring on your writing practice with our founder and Creative Writing tutor, Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde!

Enter the competition

Closing Date: 11:59PM 16th March 2018

The Student Wordsmith invites you to take part in our first competition of 2018 to support the conversation and Time to Change‘s ‘Time to Talk’ Day this Thursday 1st February 2018.

Despite the hard work of many wonderful and worthwhile campaigns and charities, people who have been given a mental health diagnosis often still experience feelings of loneliness or shame in relation to their wellbeing.

Time to Change‘s ‘Time to Talk’ day is a chance for everyone to openly talk about mental health and wellbeing in order to raise awareness and begin to change lives, and The Student Wordsmith wanted to mark the significance of today with this first competition to encourage you to get involved.

It doesn’t matter who or where we are, it is time to talk and to listen. Tell your story, write it down and join our conversation about mental health today by entering this new competition.*

*25% of all submission entry costs will go to Time to Change charity, Mind.


Mark your calendars, send us your submission and

‘Explore an element of Mental Health and / or Wellbeing through Writing’ 

for a chance to win two hours of mentoring with our founder and Creative Writing tutor, Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde!

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 2nd March 2018.

To be eligible, your poem, short story or non-fiction / essay piece should follow the word count outlined below:

Word Counts
Poems: approx. 600 words (x2 A4 pages)
Short stories: 1500 words max.
Non-fiction/essays: 1500 words max.


To submit your entry, simply follow the link to this competition in our online shop and place your order / make your entry fee payment by BACS, Paypal or debit/credit card.

Following this, you will receive an order number (#****) and you should include both this number and 'Time to Talk Competition' in the Subject Line of your email submission to us.

Please note: Submissions emailed to us without this order number will not be accepted or considered - the order number is required as your proof of payment.

Send your submission to sophie@thestudentwordsmith.com as an email attachment (Word doc. or PDF) with the subject line as above in order to be in with a chance to win this mentoring opportunity.

All submissions should be submitted anonymously. Leave your name off your submission document, but include your name, contact telephone number and email address in the body of your email.


Questions about this competition can be emailed to sophie@thestudentwordsmith.com.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and starting our conversation with you!