The deadline for all submissions is June 3.

If you miss the deadline, don’t worry - please send any information and ideas to and we may still have time to consider them for late additions or for the 2022 Festival.

Performer expenses are paid and will be discussed individually with successful applicants.

Read on to learn more about the three programmes your submissions will be considered for.

Local Voices

At the Festival we are always looking to include Gloucestershire voices in all elements of the Festival programme. We want to showcase unpublished writers as well as those who have been writing and creating for years. For any aspiring writers and performers out there, the Cheltenham stage could be the perfect place to debut your work.

There are opportunities to be part of panel events, contributing to discussion and delving into ideas in fiction, non-fiction writing, community, poetry and much more. We may showcase local writing through short form pop up readings in our cosy festival cafes or we may invite you to be part of a Local Voices open mic night. This could be a reading, poetry, spoken word, music, storytelling, the list goes on. A great place to have a drink and a laugh, testing out your work on Cheltenham audiences, friends and family. If you’re from Gloucestershire and have a story to tell we want to hear from you!




Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl returns! Like a younger, rebel sister to our main Festival, Lit Crawl is a riotous night of ideas and creativity that celebrates the edgier side of bookish programming and sees every nook and cranny of all manner of Cheltenham venues – bars, record stores, cafes, tattoo parlours and barbershops – packed with literary revellers until late into the night.

Charging into its 6th year in Cheltenham, the crawl was created in San Francisco in 2004 and now in Boston, Brooklyn, Portland, Chicago, New Zealand and beyond, Lit Crawl blends a bar crawl with bookish content held in some surprising spots around town. Thousands of Festival-goers join us in record stores, barbershops, graveyards and all manner of cafés, bookshops and bars to sample everything from flash fiction to ghost stories, music to comedy, pop-up readings to spoken word.







VOICEBOX is an exciting new programme that creates a destination for young people to spend free time and share ideas. A visually striking, Instagrammable space at the heart of the Literature Festival village, VOICEBOX is home to free, pop-up events with the best young talent across fiction, the arts, politics, lifestyle and beyond, exploring everything from spoken word to mental health and activism. Through free, short-form and drop-in content, VOICEBOX offers a snapshot of the writers and creatives appearing in the ticketed Festival programme, as well as amplifying new voices talking about the global ideas and issues that are important to young people right now.

A unifying theme across the VOICEBOX programme, Hear My Voice represents the ethos of the project: a place for young people to share, talk about and debate ideas, trends and topics that are important to them, as well as hear from, work with and be inspired by some of the best emerging and established writers and artists out there today. Through VOICEBOX, we want to showcase the brave, fresh, original voices who are changing the conversation. If that’s you, please get in touch!