FIRST DRAFTS COMPETITION
Myriad invites entries for its First Drafts Competition (formerly the Writer’s Retreat Competition) for new writers. Now in its sixth year, the competition recognises promising work-in-progress across all forms of prose fiction, be it a short story or the first few chapters of a novel. It is open to all writers who have not yet published or self-published a collection of stories or a novel. The closing date for entries is Monday 2 February 2015; the shortlist will be announced in April 2015 and the winner announced at an event in May 2015.
Myriad’s First Drafts Competition is at the heart of our mission to discover and nurture bold and exciting new writers. The prize is a week-long writing retreat in the luxurious surroundings of West Dean College near Chichester, as well as detailed editorial feedback from industry experts. This year, in addition, the winner will benefit from six months’ mentoring from a Myriad author.
The 2015 judges are bestselling author Lizzie Enfield (author of Living With It), creative writing tutor Greg Mosse, literary agent Hellie Ogden, TV producer Tom Winchester and Myriad Senior Fiction Editor Vicky Blunden. Candida Lacey, Myriad Publisher and MD, says: ‘This is a brilliant opportunity for aspiring authors to get their work noticed by publishers and agents. There are very few competitions for a work-in-progress and this has a track record for spotting talent and launching writing careers. We’re looking for new work that is arresting, original and full of character. And each shortlisted writer will be offered feedback from the judges.’
The competition has a proven track record in launching writers who have gone on to enjoy creative and commercial success. Myriad has published several brought to its attention through the competition in previous years, including past winner Lisa Cutts, crime writer and author of Never Forget (optioned by a major TV company) and Remember, Remember; Nina de la Mer, author of the acclaimed novels 4 a.m. and Layla; and Hannah Vincent, whose debut, Alarm Girl, came out in August 2014.
Other past successes also 2010 winner Kirsty Logan, who used her retreat to write a short story that she later expanded to become her novel, The Gracekeepers (Harvill Secker), Juliet West, whose novel, Before the Fall (Pan), was shortlisted in 2013, and 2013 winner Al Brookes, whose novel The Gift of Looking Closely was Self-published Book of the Month in the Guardian (August 2014).
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