Art students in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall are being invited to submit artwork inspired by the East Devon coast for a competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

Unpathed waters, undreamed shores – words immortalised by Shakespeare in A Winter’s Tale – is the theme of the competition, recording the coastal location of the Festival and encouraging creativity and imagination. The winning entry will be exhibited permanently at the Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital Health and Wellbeing Hub.

The competition, which is also offering a £500 prize for the winning entry, is open to anyone aged 16 to 25 currently studying art or fine art at a school, college or university in Devon, Dorset or Cornwall, or who has graduated in the last three years from establishments in Devon, Dorset or Cornwall.

Annie Ashworth, Festival Artistic Director said: “The aim of Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has always been to inspire and encourage creativity, not only through literature, but through creative arts.

“As we’ll be marking our tenth birthday in 2018, we want to celebrate the stunning coastal location of our annual festival which has been a huge draw for festival-goers from around the world and inspired so many leading authors, artists and creatives.”

Amongst the judges will be Angela Yarwood, Curator at Brook Gallery in Budleigh Salterton and landscape artist, Alan Cotton. The winning artwork will be displayed in Budleigh Salterton and inspire a piece of writing by a leading South West author.

Deadline for entries is January 8th, 2018 and should be a maximum size of A0 and minimum A2. All entries should be emailed to birthday@budlitfest.org.uk. Entries must directly or indirectly reflect the theme of Unpathed waters, undreamed shores.

Entrants are advised to visit the website for full terms and conditions before entering.

The 2018 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival will take place on 19th-23rd September, with plans now well underway to bring a host of award-winning and acclaimed authors, broadcasters and artists to the seaside town, as well as workshops, activities and events for children.