The Peter Wheeler Short Story Competition

Date: Sunday, 20th May

Venue: The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Ticket Price: FREE

Peter Wheeler worked extensively in both radio and television for many years. He was a newscaster, reporter and presenter for Granada TV, as well as reading both radio and television news for the BBC. His experience was extremely varied, ranging from being chairman of ‘Call My Bluff’ to presenting a BBC Radio 4 sports programme as well as fronting and producing many documentaries. His voice has been heard on a wide range of programmes including ‘Crown Court’, ‘World in Action’, ‘What The Papers Say’ and numerous Radio 4 plays and short stories. As well as hosting a seven year run of BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast news and current affairs programme, Peter was also a founder member of the consortium that launched Signal Radio. He was passionate about encouraging people of all ages to write. The competition is named in his memory. Peter died suddenly on May 18th 2010.


The stories can be on any subject and the competition is split into three categories:

11 years and under: up to 500 words

12 – 18 years: up to 1,000 words

Over 18: up to 1500 words

The writers of the two best stories from each category will be invited to hear their stories read to an audience at The Barbour Institute as part of the Sandstone Ridge Festival in Tattenhall on Sunday, 20th May, 2018 between 11.30am – 12.30pm. Writers may read their stories if they wish to, or nominate someone to read for them.


Adult Category: £75 for the winner and £20 for the runner up.

12 -18 Category: £20 book tokens for 12-18 with £10 book tokens for the runner up.

11 years and under: £20 book tokens for 12-18 with £10 book tokens for the runner up.

Please send the entries for 11 Years and under and 12 – 18 Years, typed or clearly hand-written, with your name and address on a separate sheet to Sheila Powell, Peter Wheeler Short Story Competition, Firdale, Wrexham Road, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 7HF

For Over 18, please email competition entries as a word document to or post to John Oakden, Peter Wheeler Short Story Competition, High Ash, Tushingham, Malpas, SY13 4QL

Competition entries should include the following:

Name, Contact details and Category

Closing Date Monday 30th April 2018


Sheila Powell (11 Years and under and 12 – 18 Years)

Sheila Powell began writing while living in California in the sixties. On her return to the UK she continued to write while teaching English and bringing up a family. She has won several prizes including runner-up prize in the Cheshire Prize for Literature and winner and runner up in The Malpas Arts & Literary Festival and has read out a winning story at the Barbican. In 2016 ‘The Bridge Makers’ was published under the pseudonym of Sheila Tyrer Hughes and a second book is due out soon.

John Oakden (Over 18)

John’s career began in the theatre at Liverpool Playhouse. He went on to act or write for many of the Northern Repertory theatres before moving into television. A short and (as he insists) highly unsuccessful acting career was followed by a long and highly successful writing one! His stage play, ‘Tom’ was performed (together with Willy Russell’s ‘Joe’) for Her Majesty the Queen in her Silver Jubilee year. His first film, “Heather Anne”, won him the Best Writer New to Television Award and his drama/doc, “Breath of Fresh Air” won Silver at the New York International Festival. However, he is best known for his work as a script writer on some of the UK’s most popular TV series, including Angels, Emmerdale, Eastenders and Brookside. John volunteers for the Brightlife charity and is Chair of Whitchurch Rugby Club.