The Hillingdon Literary Festival is a free weekend of author sessions, debates, masterclasses, signings and festival fun. HiLF is open and accessible to everyone in the wider community, with a mission of championing the current literary environment and celebrating the diverse voices of our brilliant Borough.

Now in its third year, HiLF returns to the Antonin Artaud Theatre on Friday 6th October with a debate about “Political Narratives: Fake News and Narrative Truth” and will continue on Saturday with events with Tessa Hadley, a foray in to satire with Jonathan Coe, and a discussion of his new novel, Phone, by Will Self.

Prepare to be dazzled on Sunday 8th with events on inspirational travel and landscape writing, new multimedia platforms for the future of fiction, and discover the next top writer, in our community creative writing competition!


  Free Entry
£250 Cash Prize

Open to all writers over 18 with a local affiliation to (studying, living or working in) the London Borough of Hillingdon, individuals may submit two anonymized entries per person: the first, a short story of up to 5000 words or two poems of up to 60 lines; the second up to three poems of no more than 90 lines total, or another story of up to 1000 words.

Deadline: Monday 28th August 2017

Winners announced at HiLF will feature in a published anthology of prize-winning writing; the selected best submissions will be made freely available. A longlist will be announced on the first evening of HiLF, a shortlist the next day (all guaranteed publication) and the overall winner declared on the final day, during a celebratory event hosted by the brilliant Benjamin Zephaniah.

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