Competitions – Jericho Writers

Competitions at The Festival of Writing

Walk away from your Festival with a prize money can’t buy…

Festival of Writing 2018

Every year, writers walk away from the Festival of Writing with offers of representation. And – funnily enough – our competition winners make up a HUGE proportion of these!

Every delegate gets free entry to every competition we run over the weekend – although we do ask that those entering the Friday Night Live competition ensure they plan to be there on the Friday evening, as you’ll be required to read out your work. This is your chance to have your work recognised in front of a captive audience of hundreds of peers, literary agents, bestselling authors and other industry professionals.

Friday night live

Festival of Writing - Friday Night Live

Every year, the winners of this extra-special event go home with valuable feedback and potential literary agent leads. In 2014, Joanna Cannon left with seven offers from literary agents, and went on to be published to critical acclaim. Could this be your year?

What’s involved?

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!

How to submit

Send us the opening 500 words of your manuscript to: info@jerichowriters.com.

Please ensure that the subject of your email reads ‘Friday Night Live Competition Entry’, and you include your name, the title of your book and your contact details in the body of the email. Please do not put your name on the entry itself. This should be attached to the email as a Word document.

Shortlisted authors will be contacted before the Festival to ensure you have adequate time to prepare!

Closing date: 20 August 2019

Best opening chapter competition

Festival of Writing - Best opening chapter competition

Submit the opening chapter of your novel in any genre to win a bottle of wine, and the attention of all the literary agents attending and judging.

We read all submissions and a shortlist of eight are forwarded to the literary agent judge. The winner is announced on stage on the Saturday night of the Festival after the Gala Dinner and will be asked to read an extract from their chapter to the audience.

How to submit

Send us the first chapter of your manuscript to: info@jerichowriters.com.

Please ensure that the subject of your email reads ‘Best Opening Chapter Competition Entry’, and you include your name, the title of your book and your contact details in the body of the email. Please do not put your name on the entry itself. This should be attached to the email as a Word document.

Shortlisted authors will be contacted before the Festival. Only the winner of this competition will be asked to read an extract from their entry on stage.

Closing date: 20 August 2019

Pitch perfect competition

Festival of Writing - Pitch perfect

Does your elevator pitch have what it takes to win? Submit your fifty-word pitch to our literary agent judge for the chance to win their attention, and a bottle of wine.

All entries are submitted ahead of time and a shortlist of twelve are forwarded to the judge. The winner is announced on the Saturday night of the Festival after the Gala Dinner and will be asked to read their pitch out on stage to the audience.

Find out more about what makes a brilliant elevator pitch.

How to submit

Send us a 50-word elevator pitch for your book to: info@jerichowriters.com.

Please ensure that the subject of your email reads ‘Pitch Perfect Competition Entry’, and you include your name, the title of your book and your contact details in the body of the email. Please do not put your name on the entry itself. This should be attached to the email as a Word document. Your pitch should be for a manuscript you have written or are currently writing, and be no more than 50 words (not including the title)

Shortlisted authors will be contacted before the Festival. Only the winner of this competition will be asked to read their pitch entry on stage.

Closing date: 20 August 2019

Please note that only writers who have bought a ticket to the Festival of Writing are eligible to enter these competitions. Ticket-holders may enter all the competitions if they wish, but can only make one entry per competition. So don’t be shy – get your entry in before the closing date. It might just change your life.