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The Frances Copping Memorial Prize for Fiction 2021 – Judge and Sponsor 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 2021, named in fond remembrance of our Lifetime President who sadly passed away in … Continue reading

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New Books! And A Non-Fiction Competition Reminder.

With our minds still fizzing from another wonderful Hay Festival it seems extremely timely to announce not one, but two exciting new publications from members of the Hay Writers. Building on the success of her first book, The Doors of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Poems by our 2021 Prize Winners – Ojo Taiye, Stewart Roberts and Ange Grunsell

We are delighted to showcase some of the work by our 2021 Poetry Competition winners. Ange Grunsell secured Third Prize with a poem inspired by time spent olive picking in Palestine with the Zaytoun, a Community Interest Company and social … Continue reading

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Nigerian Poet, Ojo Taiye, Wins 2021 Hay Writers Circle Poetry Competition.

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2021 Annual Poetry Competition as judged by the wonderful Melanie Prince (ably assisted by Chris Prince), of The Poetry Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye. This year we had a deluge of entries and we … Continue reading

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More Exciting Poetry News!

We are thrilled to congratulate our recent judge for the 2020 Frances Copping Memorial Prize for Fiction, Kandace Siobhan Walker, who was named winner of The White Review Poet’s Prize 2020/21. Her wining poetry portfolio was judged by Jay Bernard, … Continue reading

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Hay Writer, Marianne Rosen, talks to BBC Radio Shropshire

With the imminent release of her new book, The Doors of Riverdell, Hay Writers’ Circle member, Marianne Rosen talked to BBC Radio Shropshire’s DJ Jim Hawkins about life, Ludlow and The Riverdell Saga, her debut series. Click on the link … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Frances Copping – Founder of Hay Writers Circle.

It is with no small measure of delight that we celebrate the life and works of Hay Writers’ Circle founder, Frances Copping, (1934-2020) Frances founded the then, Hay and District Writers’ Circle, in 1979.  She was our greatest supporter, mentor and latterly, … Continue reading

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2020 Fiction Prize – Kandace Walker Announced as Judge.

The 2020 Frances Copping Memorial Prize for Fiction Submissions are now invited. This is an annual fiction competition, open to members and non-members of HayWriters’ Circle. Pieces of 600-1500 words on any fiction theme are accepted. Prizes are awarded for first, … Continue reading

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Ch-Ch-Changes

Four Incredible Years September arrives and marks a change of season. Gone are those long, languid but brilliant days of summer and into the foreground the harvest comes, bringing darkening evenings and that first hint of frost. This year September … Continue reading

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