Novel Writing Contest

Somebody once said that writing short stories is like practicing your tennis strokes, whereas writing a novel is playing the real game.  Since 2014, students on the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Gloucestershire have had the chance to play the real game.  In association with literary agent Becky Thomas, of the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency, we launched the U of G Novel Writing Contest.  Becky represents, among others, Viv Albertine, Suzanne Harrington, and Kate Tempest – poet, novelist, and winner of the Ted Hughes prize for poetry, who recently signed a major book deal with Bloomsbury.  In regards to what Becky’s personal taste, and what she looks for in a work, she has this to say:

I’ve a particular interest in literary and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir, YA, and popular culture writing on subjects such as music, art, sport, film and food. I was also part of the team that ran the Literary Tent at Camp Bestival for four years and love seeing authors engaging with their readers directly.

The inaugural contest was a barnstorming success, and since then the contest has grown in popularity.  If you’re interested in checking out the details of previous years, including the finalists and those who made the shortlist, take a look at our Past Winners page.  Or, if you’re an aspiring author, and keen to take part (and happen to be enrolled on at least one of our Creative Writing modules here at UoG) then you might want to check out the submissions page for this year’s contest.  Good luck and hope to see you in the slushpile!