Delegates should submit the first 500 words of their book in any genre no later than 20th August 2019. We’ll select a shortlist of around 8-10 authors in advance of the Festival, who will be invited to read their extract LIVE on stage on the Friday night of the Festival to an audience of hundreds of fellow writers, and a panel of expert judges. Please ensure you plan to be at the Festival on the Friday evening before you enter.
Our expert judges give feedback on the extract to the writer and the audience live on stage, so everyone can learn from the critique.
Sound scary? Don’t worry. This event is the highlight of the Festival for a reason. Both the audience and the judges support every author who reads, and champions their favourite extract. The winner is chosen by the audience amidst a real party atmosphere celebrating the work of brilliant emerging writers. That means you!