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Ben Porter won a stay at Arvon’s new retreat, The Clockhouse at The Hurst, Shropshire, in our competition for writing on the theme ‘retreat’. Read Ben’s striking winning entry here, and his account of a glorious retreat at The Clockhouse, opposite.

Retreat Competition



Even the dogs drew little carts loaded with meagre possessions. The mothers carried their babies wrapped in bundles of cloth. One of our blokes marched with an old fella on his back until the CO stopped him. So we made him a stretcher from two broom handles and a bit of tarp. It was ten miles before anyone noticed he was dead.

The refugees were slowing us down something rotten. Orders came to leave them and rendezvous with C–company, two hundred miles away, and liberate a certain town that had fallen to the enemy. It was tough leaving the kiddies in particular. We gave them our biscuits, but they were in worse shape than us, and we didn’t hold much hope.

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WIN!! More than £500,000 of writing prizes in your free Competition Supplement, with information about hundreds of writing competitions for you to enter in 2017 Find out how you can apply the winning formula to your writing: • How to win writing competitions • Short story structure made simple • Reach 'The End' of your novel Also in this issue, read our star interview with bestselling 'Me Before You' author Jojo Moyes on writing romance the modern way, and find out if crowdfunding might be the smart new way to publish your book. • Writers News is 20 packed pages of news you can use, including 30 paying markets and 51 opportunities to get your writing into print. asasaasasasass

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