Short story writing is a special art form, and rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Do you want practical advice on how to craft a successful short story, get it published and make money from your writing? Join us for an entire day dedicated to short fiction with workshops led by Christopher Fielden and Nicholas Royle. Included in the cost is a delicious hot lunch provided by the splendid ladies of the Over Norton WI, plus tea and coffee breaks with cake. Profits to be split between the pennyshorts.com Author's Pot and the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. Full details available here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
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.
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.
A review and author interview by Pheebs, our Junior Reporter
Directors: Martin Neild, Clare Mackintosh, Lizzie Pickering, Helen Dance, Penny Chapman, Jo Howard, Liz Sich
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