Sunderland’s Foundation of Light’s writing competition to honour much-loved author
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Following the recent publication of former SAFC chairman Sir Bob Murray’s autobiography, I’d Do It All Again, the foundation is celebrating the life and talent of Lance Hardy, who began writing the book before sadly passing away in 2021.
The special writing competition aims to give novice sports writers a platform to showcase their talents in Lance’s memory.
Lance worked on Match of the Day and was a BBC sports editor, producer and author of eight sports books including Stokoe, Sunderland and ‘73.
Lijana Sutich, Lance’s partner, said: “The way in which the Foundation of Light is honouring Lance, coupled with this special opportunity for Sunderland fans, would have held a very special place in his heart as Lance was both a devoted Sunderland fan and writer.”
Competition entries can be influenced by one of three topics, My First Match, Football and Mining Heritage or more generally under the title Inspired by Sport, with cash prizes up for grabs across three different age categories.
The competition is open to all ages and entries. The judging panel consists of Henry Winter, chief football writer for The Times, SAFC historian Rob Mason, Toby Trotman, commercial director of Vision Sports Publishing and David Luxton, literary agent.
The competition is open to three age groups: up to 11, 12-15 and 16 and over.
Each contributor can choose one of the following topics: My First Match, Football and Mining Heritage or Inspired by Sport. Participants only have to write about one of these topics but can choose to enter one or more categories.
Word limits are: up to 11 years, up to 500 words; 12 to 15, 500 to 1,000 words; 16 and over, up to 1,500 words.
The closing date is November 24. Prizes range from £75 to £300 and are sponsored by Sir Bob Murray. For more details visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk.