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The 2018 First Novel Prize

I’m really honoured to have been asked to judge the 2018 First Novel Prize next year alongside literary agent and author Sam Copeland. Sam and I will be reading manuscripts next summer and entries open in February 2018, so if you are an unpublished or self published writer (i.e. you own the rights to your book) of adult fiction, then please do consider submitting!

Full details are on the website, but your manuscript must be over 50,000 words in length and sadly YA, children’s, and non-fiction are not eligible for entry – but it can be of any genre of adult fiction!

This is a really great opportunity for writers, as there is a prize involved (£1000 for the winner) and the selected entries are likely to receive publishing interest according to the organisers. Last year’s winner received three offers from literary agents within 24 hours of winning, and she eventually chose Sophie Lambert to represent her. The runner-up was signed by literary agent Andrew Lownie a few weeks ago.

I am so excited to hunt for exciting new voices, so if this could be you or someone you know, please do spread the word! If you have any questions, pop them in the comments below.

For more info on me and Sam, you can follow us both on Twitter.
Sam: @stubbleagent
Me: @Phoebe_A_Morgan
My book: The Doll House
Sam’s book: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Good luck!

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