Literature Festival

Leicester Writes is the first and only festival dedicated to showcasing regional and diverse literary talent. We’re thrilled to announce the Leicester Writes Festival is back for its fourth year. Join us for dates across June to hone your writing and hear from new and emerging writers from the region’s writing scene. On June 12th during our …

Writers Meet Up

Writers Meet Up is a relaxed and informal meetup for writers living in and around Leicestershire. We’re a friendly group who are always happy to offer advice and inspiration. We welcome newbies. The format: Buy a drink, introduce yourself and see where the conversation leads… When: first Tuesday of each month.Where: *new venue* LCB depot …

Leicester Book Prize

Update: The Leicester Book Prize will return in 2020. PRIZE STATEMENT “As well as literary and aesthetic quality, we will reward texts which represent or embody the values which we see as characteristic of the city: diversity, individuality, multiculturalism, democracy and an ever-surprising eccentricity. For that reason, the prize will aim to treat texts which are independently …

2018 Results

2018 Results

We’re delighted to announce this year’s winning stories for the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018. The winning stories were chosen by our fantastic judging panel, which includes writers Rebecca Burns, Jon McGregor and last year’s winner, CG Menon. The winning stories in this year’s competition are: 1st prize: ‘How Do We Die?’ by Selma Carvalho …

Shortlist

Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s shortlist for the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize. The shortlist was chosen from 20 longlisted stories by our fantastic panel of judges which includes writers Rebecca Burns, Jon McGregor and last year’s winner, CG Menon. Stories on this year’s shortlist include (in alphabetical order): Get Along Without You Now by …

Longlist

Longlist

We’re delighted to announce this year’s longlist of 20 stories for The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018. The longlist was chosen from 185 submissions received. Stories on this year’s longlist include (in alphabetical order): A Birthday Gift by Reshma Ruia A motionless stuffed bear by Judy Birkbeck Black and Blue by Alison Woodhouse Catapult …

2017 Results

2017 Results

We’re happy to announce this year’s winning stories for the inaugural Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2017. The winning stories were chosen by our esteemed judging panel, which includes writers Rebecca Burns, Divya Ghelani, Nina Stibbe, and Grace Haddon as well as bookseller, Debbie James. The winning stories in this year’s competition are: 1st prize: Aunty by …

Shortlist

Shortlist

We’re delighted to announce this year’s shortlist for the inaugural Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2017. The shortlist was chosen from 20 long-listed stories by our esteemed judging panel, which includes writers Rebecca Burns, Divya Ghelani, Nina Stibbe, and Grace Haddon as well as bookseller, Debbie James. Stories on this year’s shortlist include (in alphabetical order): …

Longlist

Longlist

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s longlist of 20 stories for The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2017. The longlist was chosen from 102 submissions received during our inaugural campaign. Stories on this year’s longlist include (in alphabetical order): A Peculiar Circle by Matthew Rhodes An Evening Out by Asha Krishna Aunty by C. G. Menon …