A century of world-changing literature...

1922 centenary books

Joyce's Ulysses, Woolf's Jacob's Room, Eliot's The Waste Land, Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned, Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit... 1922 has been called the annus mirabilis (“miracle year”) of literary modernism and was a turning point in English literature that spawned a flood of influential works still in heavy circulation today.

To mark this centenary, we're taking a fresh look at the past 100 years of literature, drawing up a list of the 100 most influential books - all genres, fiction or non-fiction, old or new, are welcome - and we'd like your help!

Anyone can submit - readers, writers, teachers, and publishers from all around the world. And everyone who nominates a book will be entered into a prize draw to win a bundle of the selected titles.

Our selections will be revealed on the eve of Hay Festival in Wales this spring (26 May–5 June), where they'll be shared and celebrated.

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  • 1. Information on how to enter forms part of these conditions of entry. Participation in this promotion constitutes acceptance of these conditions of entry.
  • 2. Entry is open to residents of Great Britain and Northern Ireland only. Directors, management and employees (and the immediate families of directors, management and employees) of the Promoter or their agencies or companies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter.
  • 3. Entrants can submit as many suggestions on the form above, but will all be limited to one entry in the competition.
  • 4. The promotion will start at 00:01 on Tuesday 15 February 2022 and will close at 23:59 on Sunday 1 May 2022 (the “Promotion Period”).
  • 5. The prize is a set of 100 books (subject to availability) taken from the selected #HayFestival100 to be announced on the eve of Hay Festival 2022.
  • 6. Winners must have access to a personal email account on the internet.
  • 7. Hay Festival accepts no responsibility for late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, corrupted or misdirected entries, network failure or delay.
  • 8. The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable to any prize winner and their guest for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with this promotion or accepting or using any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (including personal injury, death and fraud) in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law.
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  • 10. The prize(s) is/are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash or any other form of compensation. In the event for any reason the prize winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter, then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and neither cash nor any other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of that element of the prize. If for any reason a prize is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute another prize for it, in its sole discretion, of equal or higher value.
  • 11. If for any reason any aspect of this promotion is not capable of running as planned the Promoter may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion, or invalidate any affected entries (this includes, without limitation, by reason of infection by computer virus, network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion).
  • 12. If any of the winning entries are deemed not to comply with these conditions of entry, the entry will be discarded and a new winner of the prize will be determined by the Promoter.
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  • 15. This Promotion shall be governed by English law.