York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live thank you – Jericho Writers
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thank you for your entry to Friday Night Live

Your Friday Night Live submission has been received.

Best of luck!

Friday Night Live at the York Festival of Writing 2022

Your entry for Friday Night Live 2022 has been received.

Thank you for your submission

By sending your work in to Friday Night Live, you’re giving yourself a great chance of getting noticed by industry experts. This competition has led to six-figure publishing deals in the past. Yours could be next!

Dates for your diary

Monday August 1 – Finalists contacted

Friday 2 September 2022 Live Final at the York Festival of Writing



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Frequently asked


When is Friday Night Live?

It is at the York Festival of Writing at 20.30. It follows a buffet dinner and drinks reception. 


How many people will make the shortlist?

Eight entries will be chosen. They will read their work on stage in front of the live audience. 


Why aren’t you doing heats this year?

Good question! This is to keep the playing field as level as possible. The York Festival of Writing’s Friday Night Live competition only has one ‘heat’, and that’s the final. It will be the same for the Summer Festival of Writing. 


Why can’t I enter both Friday Night Live competitions?

We’ve worked really hard to give equal opportunities to people who can’t attend the in-person York Festival of Writing. The Summer Festival of Writing is free to all members, and therefore all members are able to enter. 


Will agents be in attendance?

Yes. three agents will join the panel and comment on the finalists’ work, although they don’t choose the winner! Remember that a lot of agents will be in the audience, so it’s a great chance to get your work heard by industry experts. 


How is the competition judged?

It is judged by the audience! The biggest applause decides the winner. 


I am terrified of public speaking, help!

A member of the Jericho Writers team can read your work on your behalf. Alternatively, you can submit to our online Summer Festival of Writing Friday Night Live, which uses pre-recorded videos rather than live readings. 


Where do I go for more information on accessibility?

We’d love to hear from any writer who is concerned about accessing the York Festival of Writing and will always do our best to help where we can. Contact our team on [email protected].  


I can’t see the answer to my question here. Who do I contact?

Our team is made up of writers and readers who are passionate about the written word. If you have a question, pop it over to us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.  

Please note that we’re a small team and currently experiencing a high number of calls and emails. We promise we’ll get back to you as soon as we possibly can.