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The annual Hastings Book Festival Competition 2024

7 July 2024

Hastings Book Festival

Hastings Book Festival is thrilled to announce that entries for their annual Hastings Book Festival Competitions are now open!

Main Prize (all prizes will be announced during the Hastings Book Festival in September 2024)

  • For their main prize, entry is open to all, including non-UK based writers. There is no geographical restriction on entrants.
  • Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years old at time of entry.
  • The FICTION and POETRY contests will each be awarded a cash prize of £250 for first place, £100 for second place and £50 for third place, respectively.
  • An overall Long List and Short List will also be announced ahead of our annual festival, exact date TBC.

You may submit on any theme. Submissions must be written in English. For Fiction the maximum is 2500 words per story. For Poetry the maximum number of lines is 40 per poem. Please adhere to these limits. Entries exceeding the word limit will not be judged.

Stories and poems which have previously been published, or been awarded a prize, are ineligible for this contest. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. If a piece you have submitted gets published or wins an award elsewhere, please email comps@hastingsbookfest.org to let us know. Include “Withdrawal” in the subject line.

Only entries submitted through the Hastings Book Festival website will be eligible. Please use their dedicated entry forms to enter.

Every entry must be accompanied by an entry fee. The standard entry fee is £8.25. A multi-entry discount applies if you wish to submit two (2) or three (3) pieces in the same contest at the same time. In this case, the fees will be £15 for two (2) entries and £21 for three (3). The maximum number of entries you can make in a single transaction is three, however you are welcome to submit more than this by filling in another entry form and going through the process again.

Closing date for entries is on 7th July 2024.

For any questions send an email to comps@hastingsbookfest.org.

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7 July 2024
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Hastings Book Festival
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