We are thrilled to announce the second ChipLitFest Short Story Competition. Sponsored by pennyshorts.com, this year the competition will be judged by Martyn Waites, award winning author of 18 novels who also writes under the name Tania Carver. The competition is open to all amateur and professional writers over the age of 16 from across the world. Closing date: 20 Feb 2017. First prize: £500. Full details available here. We look forward to hearing from you.
For ChipLitFest 2017, tickets will go on sale to Festival Friends on 27 Feb. This year, we will be introducing a new Friends scheme so keep a look out here and on our newsletters. Advance details about the programme are revealed to those of you on our mailing list. So, we encourage you to get on the list as soon as possible (sign up at the bottom of the page). And if you become a Friend, we will then send you a code in the new year that you will be able to use at the Theatre Box Office. Sales to the general public will be from 6 March.
The fifth Chipping Norton Literary Festival ran from 21 – 24 April 2016. The amazing range of events dotted all around Chipping Norton included young people's poetry competition (winners featured in this photo), creative writing workshops, big names from the world of literary fiction, children's illustrators, food and drink demonstrations, crime writers, natural history events, debut novelists and storytelling sessions for very young children.
At ChipLitFest we operate a profit share scheme that means all participating authors are entitled to an equal share of our operating profit. Recently, there has been a growing call for authors to be fairly remunerated for their work at literary festivals, after all - no authors, no festival - and we strongly believe that all our authors are entitled to fair payment for the work they do. We are a small, young literary festival and our profits are not substantial but by creating an environment where the authors feel truly valued we will benefit and enlarge our audiences and, in turn, increase the profit we have to share. Read more about the scheme here.
Directors: Martin Neild, Clare Mackintosh, Lizzie Pickering, Helen Dance, Penny Chapman, Jo Howard, Liz Sich
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