The Frances Copping Memorial Prize for Fiction 2022 – Judge Announced.

We are kicking off our new writing year with some exciting news!

Submissions are now invited for our annual Fiction Competition, The Frances Copping Memorial Prize 2022, named in fond remembrance of our Lifetime President who sadly passed away in 2020.

The competition is open to everyone, members of Hay Writers’ Circle and non-members too. Pieces of 500-1500 words on any fiction theme are accepted. Closing date for entries is Tuesday 10th January 2023. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place.

This year we are delighted to announce that our judge is Alan Bilton. 

Alan teaches Creative Writing, Literature and Film at Swansea University. He is the author of three novels, The Sleepwalkers’ Ball (2009), The Known and Unknown Sea (2014) and The End of The Yellow House (2020), as well as a collection of short stories, Anywhere Out of the World (2016), and books on silent film, American fiction, and the 1920s. He was a jury member for the Dylan Thomas International Prize in 2022, and has appeared at the Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham Literary Festivals. 

Please follow the guidelines listed on our COMPETITIONS page if you would like to enter.
You can contact if you have any questions or queries. 

Click of the following highlighted link to download the entry form :

hay-writers-circle-fiction-comp-1.docx- Download

Good Luck!


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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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