***Submissions are now closed***

The Frances Copping Prize
for Fiction Competition 2022.

We are delighted to announce details of our 2022 Fiction Competition.

Our annual Hay Writers’ Circle fiction competition is officially open for entries! Anyone can enter this competition.  

Our judge this year 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 below 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 :


  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog, social media, or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc.) in any other competition. 
  • If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the date of prize giving. Entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform us immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.
  • Entries submitted posthumously are not eligible.
  • Word count for this competition is 500 words minimum and 1,500 words maximum. The theme is entirely open. Title is not included in the word count. 
  • We disqualify entries if they are named or over the word limit. If you forget to add the title or word count your entry will NOT be disqualified.
  • The closing date for entries is Tuesday 10th January 2023. Any entries received after this date will not be considered. 


  • Please use a good-sized text (12pt preferred), clear typeface (e.g., Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, or Comic Sans), and double spacing, as a courtesy to our judge. 
  • All entries are judged anonymously. Your name or any contact details must NOT appear on your entry. Please put your name, title, and contact details on the booking form only. Please do not include your name in the file name.
  • Please put the title and word count at the beginning of your entry. Please number your pages and secure them together if you are submitting a hard copy. 
  • We would prefer entries via email but will also accept hard copies. 
  • Via email: Send your entry to – as a word document attachment with a completed copy of the form overleaf attached. Please write ‘competition entry’ in the subject box. 
  • Via post: Send your printed entry to – The HWC Competition Secretary, 3 Crug View, Silver Street, Llanfaes, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8BL, with a completed copy of the form overleaf attached. 


  • Entry fee is £5 for a single entry, £10 for a maximum of two entries. (For members of Hay Writers’ Circle, entry is free).
  • Please pay by BACS payment and ensure that your payment is received, with your name on the reference, before the 10th of January. Cheques will not be accepted. 
  • The first prize is £25 with cash prizes for second and third place. 
  • BACS payment can be made to: Hay and District Writers’ Circle, Natwest Bank, Sort code 53-50-31, Account no 52557499. Please put your name as the reference.


  • The results will be announced in mid-March. 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 with the winner’s consent. Publication may prevent eligibility for other competitions. All rights remain with the author. 


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