The Richard Booth Prize for Non-Fiction – Judge Announced and Hay Festival is here!

The Richard Booth Prize for Non-Fiction is an annual competition name after one of Hay-on-Wye’s most notable residents, Richard Booth, ‘King of Hay’. Richard was always a great supporter of books, Hay-on-Wye and local writers.

Sadly, Richard passed away in 2019, but his name lives on everywhere in Hay, including this writing prize which he so graciously sponsored during his lifetime.

This year we are delighted to confirm that the judge for our Non-Fiction Competition is Roland White.

Roland White
© The Times and The Sunday Times

Roland White spent 25 years at the Sunday Times as variously a feature writer, columnist, reviewer, editor, and leader writer. He was briefly Jeremy Clarkson’s commissioning editor, and most recently the editor of the Atticus diary column. 

He has also been deputy editor of Punch, editor of Ski and Board magazine, royal correspondent of Germany’s Stern magazine for reasons he still doesn’t quite understand, and was Poet-in-Residence at Chat magazine before being replaced by a psychic dog. Which he didn’t see coming at all. 

Without further delay, here are the competition details :

Our Non-Fiction competition is sponsored by The Hay Writers’ Circle.

Prizes for first, second and third places.

This is an open competition meaning

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 6th July.

Results will be announced in late July.

Word count for this competition is 600 words minimum and 1250 words maximum. The theme is entirely open.

Please use Arial Font 12, double spaced.

Your name must NOT appear on your entry. Please put your name, title and contact details on the booking form only.

Please put your title at the beginning of the entry. Please number your pages and secure them together if you are submitting a hard copy.

Each applicant may submit a maximum of two entries.

The results are final and correspondence will not be entered into over the results. All applicants shall be informed of the results.

The winning pieces shall be published on our website with the author’s permission. Publication may prevent eligibility for future competitions. All rights remain with the author.

If paying by BACS payment please make sure your payment is received, with your name on the reference, before the 6th July. Cheques will be accepted on the 6th July but must clear to validate the entry.

The entry form can be downloaded here –

In other exciting news, it’s HAY FESTIVAL time! A glorious 12 days of discussion, books and more awaits anyone willing to log into this extraordinary literary festival.

Of course, this year it is once again the digital version, but that doesn’t stop everyone immersing themselves in sparkling discussion and fascinating conversation.

CLICK HERE to browse the program and enjoy!

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The Hay Writers : a highly active & forward thinking writing group based in Hay-on-Wye, the world famous 'Town of Books'. ✍️ In 2019 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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