Laurie Lee Prize for Writing – Open for Entries!

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Stroud Book Festival is delighted to announce that The Laurie Lee Prize for Writing 2024 is now open for entries.

Free to enter, and open to unpublished Gloucestershire writers across a range of genres, the Laurie Lee Prize for Writing was created in 2022 to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee (1914-1997). It was established under the umbrella of Stroud Book Festival with the blessing of Laurie Lee’s family, and his literary estate. The 2023 winners were Deborah Cox and Sophia Bursey.

Two prizes will be awarded. The first to a writer aged 21 or over who will receive prize money of £1000. The second will go to a writer aged between 16-20 years (1st place: £500, 2nd place: £300, 3rd place: £200).

The closing dates for entries for both awards is Wednesday 31st July, with the shortlists for each prize announced in September. The 2024 winners will be announced at a celebratory Laurie Lee Prize event at Stroud Book Festival in November 2024.

Submitted writing – whether fiction, non-fiction or poetry – must be on a nature or conservation theme. The Prize is open to writers currently resident in Gloucestershire, and to those who were born in the county.

The 2024 judges are Katie Fforde (chair), Jessy Lee (Laurie Lee’s daughter), Norah Perkins (Laurie Lee’s literary agent), and Gloucestershire writers, Jamila Gavin, Adam Horovitz, and Jane Bailey.

Summing up what the judges are looking for in the winning entries, Jessy Lee says: “Laurie Lee wrote about the landscape around him and his emotional landscape, and both were intrinsically linked for him. I would love to see writing that is perhaps influenced by, but not like his – your original experience is what I’d love to read about, expressed in your own words and in your own way”.

The Laurie Lee Prize for Writing is open for entries between Tuesday laurie flyer 24 final lo res2nd April and Wednesday 31st July.

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