Apply for 2020
Thank you for your interest in the Bristol Festival of Literature – an annual celebration of the creative word in Bristol. It is organised by a community and voluntary group of writers, readers, publishers and editors, offering the unique grassroots feel that Bristol is renowned for.
2020 will be our tenth anniversary. The festival will run from 15-25 October.
What we do
We unlock the power of imaginative writing to generate understanding across barriers, lift personal and collective creativity and provide therapeutic benefit. We aim to help Bristol’s profile on the wider UK map by reflecting the city's distinctive warmth, independent spirit, innovation and unheard voices mainly through fiction, with some poetry and local non-fiction.
To do this, we deliver a programme of innovative events celebrating the creative word, held each October in venues citywide, many of them unexpected. We curate and host original performances by well-known and emerging writers, avoiding the ‘lecture’ format, and uniquely, we outreach to all our communities, especially new audiences, inspiring active reading and creative writing through reading groups and writing masterclasses for all levels. We also showcase existing literature initiatives, signposting new audiences to follow them at other times of the year.
We have three Festival strands:
“Inspire!” - Bring top-flight writers to the city, from the UK and beyond, to form strong connections between Bristol and the very best national and international writing.
“Grassroots!” - Actively involve different communities, showcasing the city’s best established and emerging writing, from groups and individuals.
“Get Writing!” - Train audiences in better writing, from beginner to expert, through masterclasses and industry insights, including launching new publications.
What we are looking for in your event proposal
We seek event organisers, contributors, performers and mentors to inspire, engage and equip Bristol’s various communities – in line with the above. We aim to ensure that Literature isn’t seen as overly high-brow, unconnected and remote, instead that it is relevant, accessible and innovative. Our aim is to delight and inspire, to stimulate audiences to read, write and see the world with fresh eyes. We prioritise fiction, with some poetry. We prefer a strong Bristol link so please ensure you make your event about Bristol, Bristol writers or Bristol communities.
Please email your complete proposal, along with a high-resolution image which can be used for promotional purposes, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for taking the time to complete this information.
Entries for applications close on 31 March, and decisions are made by 30 May.
See highlights from our 2018 programme
Bristol Festival of Literature is a programme of events and performances celebrating creative writing. We aim to inspire audiences with the very best local, UK and international authors, engage communities through events in unusual places and equip writers at all levels with masterclasses, showcases and routes to publishing. We love irrepressible creativity and dissenting voices.
Thank you for your interest in being part of the Bristol Festival of Literature!