Brighton Festival’s Storytelling Army competition: Everyday Epic are delighted to be launching their sponsorship of the Storytelling Army, a unique commission for this year’s Brighton Festival (6th to 28th May), by hosting a 4,000-word adult short story writing competition to celebrate the rich tradition of storytelling.

Brighton Festival is working with Nabokov theatre company and Guest Director Kate Tempest to assemble and mobilise the Storytelling Army: a dynamic collective of people from all walks of life – including those who are homeless and vulnerably housed – who will perform in unexpected locations throughout Brighton over the last weekend of this year’s Festival.

‘Since time began, we as a species have passed down our teachings from generation to generation through the medium of storytelling. From the campfire to the soapbox, from dusty books to the internet, storytelling is how we evolve, it is essential to our existence and vital to the fabric of our communities”, Nigel Lee, CEO

The competition is open to Sussex residents and you must be 18 or over to enter. The theme of the writing submission must be the ‘Everyday Epic’. Each one of us has a story to tell: extraordinary moments amongst the ordinary, the little victories against the odds.

Four lucky competition winners will be announced during the last week of the festival. The winning stories will be combined into an anthology, alongside stories from the Storytelling Army, and published as a paperback book. UK based marketing and PR partner Authoright will also be supporting the book with a publicity campaign once it is published; ensuring the Everyday Epic stories reach as many readers as possible after the competition ends.

“Everyone has a story to tell. has amassed our own storytelling army of over a million authors in 226 countries. To get on the ground and be part of real-life storytelling in Brighton and to publish a selection of those winning stories is a fantastic opportunity for Lulu to further its heartfelt cause, freedom of expression and the right to share. The whole initiative speaks to our own ethos, share your story, without profit censorship, without manipulation from profiteers, without judgment”. Nigel Lee, CEO

 About Brighton Festival

The largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England, Brighton Festival is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May. Since 2009 Brighton Festival has attracted inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme including visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), musician Brian Eno (2010), poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013), and pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson (2016). This year’s Guest Director is the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright, and novelist Kate Tempest.

The competition is officially open on 31 March 2017. Details on how to enter will be posted on this blog together with, entry terms and conditions, profiles of the judges and extracts of some of the shortlisted stories.

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