Chipping Norton Literary Festival runs from 23 - 26 April 2020. Details about the forthcoming authors and events will start appearing in the new year and tickets for the full lineup will go on sale to Festival Friends from 2 March and on general sale from 9 March. We are active throughout the year as well: author visits to schools; children's poetry competition; writing workshops; and our annual short story competition.
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Our fifth annual short story competition is now open.
Judge: Sarah Franklin
Entry fee: £5 for stories up to 2,500 words. £8 for stories up to 5,000 words
Deadline: 12 Midnight GMT, Saturday 8 February 2020
First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £100
Third Prize: £50
2019 winners: here
Haven't They Grown, the new standalone thriller from Sophie Hannah - queen of psychological crime - is published on 23 Jan and Sophie will be in Chipping Norton to launch this rivetingly original tale.
Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then, they haven't changed at all. Why haven't they grown?
Sophie's best-selling crime fiction is published in 51 countries. She is also the author of the Poirot continuation mysteries. And a best-selling poet. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to meet her.
Haven't They Grown, 19:45 Thurs 23 January 2020 at Chipping Norton Theatre, tickets and more information here.
ChipLitFest 2019 ran from 25 to 28 April.
We had an amazing lineup of extraordinary authors and our best ever ticket sales. Over 5,000 readers and writers participated in the Festival at events in schools, workshops for the next generation of authors, free lectures, panel events with new and established writers; and some of the biggest names in broadcasting, current affairs and comedy. All against the backdrop of our wonderful town and the support from scores of volunteers, sponsors and Festival friends. Thank you!
The Festival in Numbers:
1 non-fiction writing day
1 short story comp
34 author visits to schools
1 published book of children’s stories
1 children’s poetry comp
57 Festival weekend events inc 15 for kids
over 5,000 participants
26 sold out events
Directors: Martin Neild (chair), Penny Chapman, Helen Dance, Cathy Horlick, Jo Howard, Liz Sich
Registered Charity: 1152866