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 March 4, 2023

Stroud Book Festival hosts 2023 Laurie Lee Prize for Writing

The prize has been created by Gloucestershire novelist Katie Fforde in association with Stroud Book Festival and with the blessing of Laurie Lee’s family to acknowledge and honour the work of Laurie Lee (1914–97). A resident of Slad, Laurie Lee was a poet and the author of Cider with Rosie and other autobiographical works. His works stand as a testament to the beauty of the valleys around Stroud and the creativity they continue to inspire.

The judges will present two prizes:

£1,000 to the author of the winning entry
£500 / £300 / £200 to the winner and runners-up in a young person’s category (16–20 years)

The competition is open to anyone who has not previously published a full-length work, and who currently lives full time in Gloucestershire or was born there. To enter, you must submit up to 2,500 words maximum of fiction or non-fiction, or up to 125 lines of poetry, on a nature or conservation theme (urban or rural). This can be:  More information here

  • An essay
  • A short story
  • An extract from a memoir
  • A piece of travel writing
  • Poetry (maximum 125 lines across up to five poems
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