Creative writing prizes: Hastings Book Festival 2024 Competitions


01 April 2024
Win first prizes of £250 in the poetry and short story categories

The Hastings Book Festival Competitions are for short stories up to 2,500 words and poems up to 40 lines. The short story judge is VG Lee and the poetry judge is Jessica Mookherjee.

Winners in each category will receive £250, and runners up get £100 and £50. In each category there is also a Sussex Prize for local writers, which is sponsored by New Writing South.

All entries should be original and unpublished.

The fee is £8.25 per entry, with discounts for multiple entries.

The closing date is 17 July.

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