Novel Slam 2022 – our tenth anniversary!

Could you be the winner of this year’s Novel Slam?

Novel Slam – 10th anniversary celebration

Tickets: £3.00 for audience members and £5 to enter the novel slam.

Friday 14th October 7.00pm-11pm, at Sheffield Plate, Orchard Square, Sheffield.

It’s the 10th anniversary of Novel Slam, the legendary Sheffield event in which aspiring novelists pitch their novels to a supportive audience and trusty judges: Bryony Doran, Daniel Blythe, Stacey Sampson, Gavin Extence and Daisy Watt (Harper North).

Ten years ago, we had the idea of novelists competing in a competition like a poetry slam – emerging novelists don’t often get the chance to perform their work and air it in front of an audience. Over the years, we’ve discovered that although entering the slam (as I have on several occasions) is daunting but worth it for the expert feedback, discovering new stories and talented writers and the chance to meet and chat to other writers and make connections. Make your one minute pitch really exciting – think of the “blurb” on the back of your book and really sell it to the audience. If you get through to the second round, it’s a great opportunity to share the hard work and inspiration you put into your writing, and you’ll be reading a scene from your novel to some of the region’s top literary talent. As an audience member, you’ll listen to a wonderful smorgasbord of stories and get to vote for your favourites.

To enter:

Bring a 1 minute pitch and a 3 minute extract to compete for Novel Slam Champion 2022. You could win feedback from Harper North, coaching, manuscript assessment and cash prizes. if you’d like to enter, select an Entrant’s ticket by following this link.

If you’re not ready to take part, just come and support Sheffield’s literary scene and join the party as past and present winners and participants gather together for this annual event. Select ‘Party’ for your ticket.

If you would prefer to watch our novel slammers performing their work from the comfort of your own home, we’ll also be live-streaming the event. Bag yourself a livestream-only ticket for £2 and we’ll send you a magic link by email when the day comes. 

For more information see the Sheffield Novelists website: or email

Organised by Sheffield Novelists in association with Off the Shelf

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