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Monday, 10 November 2014

Writing – novel competition - £1,000 prize

Literary agency Conville & Walsh are running a competition called Word of Mouth Prize.

In their own words, “At Conville & Walsh we are passionate about discovering new talent and launching debut authors, as well as nurturing the careers of the writers we represent. We’re very proud to be considered one of the most approachable and dynamic agencies in London, a reputation for which we’ve worked hard.

“As an agency we always want writers to feel as though they can get their work right under the noses of our agents, which is why we are very excited to announce the inaugural Conville & Walsh Word of Mouth Prize.

“The key to what the judges are seeking lies in the prize’s name: novels which linger long in the mind and which readers find themselves recommending to others. That’s an almost undefinable and seemingly magical quality which we nonetheless all recognise – a quality which gives rise to that immediate instinct to email or phone a friend, and say ‘You must, must read…’

“We’re looking for fiction that is brilliantly written but still accessible, has depth but isn’t dense and is innovative but identifiable-with. We’d love to find novels with that must-read quality, which would be perfect for book club discussions. These are the kind of books that people just can’t stop talking about, that can become a word of mouth phenomenon, and which Conville & Walsh are known for representing.

“Great examples of this kind of fiction represented by Conville & Walsh include: THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M L Stedman, THE SHOCK OF THE FALL by Nathan Filer and BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S J Watson.

"The prize is open to both unpublished and previously published authors, but the work submitted must be unpublished by a publishing house (i.e. self-published work, or work from which an extract has been published in a literary magazine is fine)."

DEADLINE: 31 January 2015.


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