Announcement – Richard Booth Prize For Non Fiction 2022


Submissions are now invited for our annual Non Fiction Competition, The Richard Booth Prize 2022, named after one of Hay-on-Wye’s most notable residents and it’s self proclaimed ‘King of Hay’. Richard was always a great supporter of books, Hay-on-Wye and of course, 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 honoured to confirm that the judge for our Non Fiction Competition is Gilly Smith, an award-winning food writer and podcaster who’s been writing and making radio, television and podcasts since the early ’90s.

Gilly written lots of books, mainly about the influence of culture of food in its various forms, as well as articles for the national press and academic journals, largely about food, philosophy and ethical travel. Her book, Taste and the TV Chef won the 2020 Gourmand Award for best UK food writing and the International Impact Award 2021.

She’s also the producer and presenter of a number of podcasts including:

Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith , the delicious podcast ,

Leon’s How to Eat to Save the Planet 


The first prize of £100 has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor, with additional cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd placed pieces.

Without further delay, here are the Non Fiction Competition details :

This is an open competition meaning – ANYONE CAN ENTER

The closing date for entries is Thursday 30th June 2022. Any entries received after this date will not be considered. The results will be announced at the end of August. 

We would like original, unpublished work.

Word count for this competition is 500 words minimum and 1250 words maximum. The theme is entirely open.

Please use ONLY Arial Font 12pt, 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 the title at the beginning of your entry. Please number your pages and secure them together if you are submitting a hard copy. 

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

At our discretion, the winning entry will be published on the Hay Writers Circle website. Publication may prevent eligibility for future competitions. All rights remain with the author.  

The entry form and full competition details can be downloaded here –


Don’t forget our Hay Festival event, number 212, takes place at 2.30pm on Wednesday 1st June in the Summerhouse. It’s a FREE but ticketed event, so please click on the following link to secure your ticket.


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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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