Our stunning coastline is providing a flash of inspiration for creative across our city.

Read on to find out more about this cool competition coming to the city… 


Budding wordsmiths with a passion for our coastline are being invited to enter a competition that celebrates the our beautiful seaside this winter.

Sea Sunderland, organised by the University of Sunderland, will promote the Seaburn area by producing seven recorded flash fictions that will be showcased in December.

Six of the flashes will be from artists selected during the submissions process and one will be from the specially commissioned lead artist – Jessica Andrews, the author of award-winning novel ‘Saltwater’, who was also born in Sunderland.

A film of the seven flash fictions will be shown next month (December), collated from the selected submissions.

Six of the films will be drawn from submissions posted to Twitter with the hashtag #SeaSunderland.

All films will be 2 minutes recording time (max) – there is no word minimum or maximum.


Dr Sarah Dobbs, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Sea Sunderland coordinator, explained:
























“My hope is we encourage people in this strange time to create and reflect and have space to share their sea stories.

“Whether they identify as a writer or not, we very much wish to hear a unique and regional voice, hopefully sparking or continuing a journey in writing.”

She added: “We are also delighted proud that Jessica Andrews is our lead writer for the Sea Sunderland flash fiction project and will be writing an original piece of flash.

“Jessica says as a working-class woman, she never felt ‘she deserved to speak’.

Her Portico Prize Novel ‘Saltwater’ gives a voice to the working class and wild spaces the author has occupied in the poetic bodily language with which she writes.”



The judges have asked for entrants to be inventive when it comes to the location of recording films, but the sea and the Seaburn area should feature in the recording.

Writers interested in being one of the six selected authors can post a video recording of their flash, including the hashtag #SeaSunderland and @seasunderland between 16th November to 30th November.

Sea Sunderland is yet another example of how culture is shaping and inspiring our city.

The university of Sunderland is partner of Sunderland Culture, an organisation created to bring together Sunderland’s most important cultural assets and activities and realise the ambition of a city brimming with creative potential.



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