Creative writing competition: Dateline Hastings


22 June 2021
The competition from Hastings Literary Festival is for writing that responds to newsworthy events

Up to twelve winning writers will be invited to an all-day workshop in Hastings on 23 September to work with editors to complete their pieces, which will be published in a special Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 anthology 48 hours later. Three finalists will also be awarded £100 each. Each winner will receive two copies of the anthology.

Entries can be a mixture of fiction and life writing, in either poetry or prose. To enter prose (fiction and creative non-fiction), send works in progress between 250 and 1,000 words and a 200-word synopsis of the final piece, which should be no longer than 2,000 words. To enter poetry, send 25-40 lines of the proposed poem, and a 200-word synopsis. The maximum line length for the final version is 40 lines.

The entry fee is £10.

The closing date is 31 July.

For full details see the website.

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