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Dr Olive Lamming Memorial Literary 1 June 2006

The Olive Lamming is an annual literary competition organised by the department. It is held in memory of the late Dr Olive Lamming who, in addition to being wife of the late Mr R L Lamming, a former consultant Surgeon at Noble's Hospital was also an active member of the Isle of Man Literary Society.

The competition dates back to 1972 when the then President of the Isle of Man Literary Society, Mr R G Morton, donated a sum of money to establish a foundation to enable a literary competition to be held in perpetuity. The then Board of Education was asked to run the event and has done so ever since.

Mr Morton's original donation received a welcome boost in April 1997 when the Isle of Man Arts Council's Literature and Film panel donated a further £2,500.

The Competition is divided into three sections:
A FICTIONAL STORY - maximum number of words - 2,500
1st Prize : £75.00 2nd Prize : £38.00 3rd Prize : £27.00
B FACTUAL ARTICLE - maximum number of words - 3,000
1st Prize : £75.00 2nd Prize : £38.00 3rd Prize : £27.00
1st Prize : £42.50 2nd Prize : £21.50 3rd Prize : £16.00

There are no restrictions on form or subject matter, but entrants may submit only one entry in each of the classes. Work must be original, unaided and previously unpublished. There are no age limits and there is no special class for children.

Entries should be typed, if possible, or clearly written (in black ink please) on A4 paper (210 mm x 297 mm) using one side of the paper only. Do NOT write your name and address on the manuscript itself. Any manuscript so marked cannot be accepted. Send the manuscript(s) together with the completed entry form attached and an entry fee of £2.50 per submitted manuscript to -

The envelope containing the manuscript(s) should be clearly marked “Dr Olive Lamming Memorial Literary Competition”. All cheques and postal orders should be made payable to “Department of Education Endowment Fund”. Payment may also be made in cash.

Manuscripts will be accepted up to and including FRIDAY, 28 JULY 2006 and will be returned later, after judging. Prize winners will be notified by post and a list of prize winners will also be sent to all other entrants.

The decision of the Judges is final.

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