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UoG Novel Contest Deadline Looming!

29 May

bookThe academic year here at UoG for 2016-17 is almost over, and students on Team UoG have been working hard.  You’ve met all your assessment deadlines, produced over 10,000 words of work (or twice that if you’re a third year, and had a dissertation to submit), and were no doubt looking forward to your summer break and a well-earned respite.  Except there’s one more thing.  The UoG Novel Writing Contest is still open for submissions – but only for another 48 hours!  That’s right, folks.  We’ve already got some stellar entries in our judge’s inbox, but we’d love to see more.  So it’s time to polish off that opus (or at least a 3,000-word extract) and send that to us along with a short synopsis.  Full details are available on the contest guidelines page.  The deadline is midnight on May 31st: good luck, and we look forward to reading your work!


2017 UoG Novel Writing Contest Officially Open to Submissions

3 Feb

Row of Old Books

That’s right, folks: Team UoG is back after the long winter’s break, and there are going to be a myriad of writing opportunities coming your way as we move into Semester 2.  These include reading and showcasing events, submissions calls and chances to get published (including in the next UoG New Writing Anthology) and, firstly, the 2017 UoG Novel Writing Contest, which is back, and again run in conjunction with agent Becky Thomas from the London-based literary agency, Johnson & Alcock.  The contest is now officially open to submissions, but don’t rush: you have four months to polish that opus into shape, as the deadline isn’t until May 31st, well after your final assessments are due.  So those taking HM5105, our novel writing class, will perhaps want to take the time to develop your extract in workshops before sending it to our judges.  Others might want to revisit that project in the bottom drawer.  Either way, we look forward to seeing what you come up with, and just so you’re clear on the guidelines up front, take a look at our official contest page, or check out the past winners for inspiration.

Anthology Launch & 2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced!

16 Dec

On Tuesday the course celebrated the launch of this year’s paperback anthology of student work, Reflections: New Writing 5.  Attendees were treated to readings from contributors on campus, which was followed by an after-party at Tailor’s bar in town.  Excitingly, at the event the winners for this year’s UoG Novel Writing Contest were also announced.  3rd prize went to Mark Webber for his Mafioso crime novel, Mamma; 2nd prize went to Pamela Keevil for her drama-mystery, Mayflies; and the overall winner was Senja Andrejevic for her thriller, All The Things We Knew.  Each winner received a cash prize and professional critique from literary agent Becky Thomas, of Johnson and Alcock.  Thanks to all who came out to support such a great night, as well as all those who submitted work to the anthology and the novel writing contest.  Have a good break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Shortlist Announced!

21 Nov


That’s right, folks.  The long wait is over: our in-house judges have read through this year’s manuscript submissions to the UoG Novel Writing Contest and have whittled it down to a shortlist of six.  Submissions were anonymous, and these six will be sent on to our external judge, literary agent Becky Thomas, of the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency in London.  This year’s shortlist includes a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students.  We’ll have our fingers crossed for everybody, and hope to announce the finalists and overall winner at this year’s anthology launch (more on this shortly!).

For now, in alphabetical order by author (followed by year of study at time of submission)  here is the The 2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Shortlist:

  • All The Things We Knew by Senja Andrejevic (MA)
  • The Enlightenment Effect by Loz Apperly (2nd year)
  • Half-Life by Heather Cripps (3rd year)
  • Winter and Spain by Sam James (2nd year)
  • Mayflies by Pamela Keevil (MA)
  • Mama by Mark Webber (MA)


Submission Window for UoG Novel Contest 2016 Officially Closes!

4 Aug

Photo by Markus Spiske

Phew – it’s been quite a ride, folks.  As ever at UoG our students left things till the last minute, and submissions for our 2016 Novel Writing Contest were coming in right up until midnight on the deadline (July 31st) and, in some cases, beyond.  We’ve officially now closed up shop (as you might deduce by the somewhat ominous, Poe-esque photo) and the judges will be going through the slushpile this month, with the goal of announcing the shortlist near the start of the autumn semester.  The top entries will be forwarded to our judge, Becky Thomas at Johnson & Alcock, who will select our first, second, and third prize entries.  We look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with this year!

UoG 2016 Novel Writing Contest Deadline Extended!

1 Jul

Have you been soaking up the summer sun, and are having a hard time getting motivated to submit your opus?  Have you been watching the European Cup (dare we mention the Iceland game) and generally slacking off a bit?  Don’t worry: the UoG Novel Contest Judges have taken that into account, and we’ve decided to extend the deadline to the end of July: at midnight on the 31st.  So you have a few more weeks to get scribbling, and submit an extract (3,000 words) and punchy synopsis.  Our in-house judges will select the shortlisted entries, which are then sent on to literary agent Becky Thomas (of Johnson & Alcock), who decides the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  For full submission details check out our contest page.  Good luck and see you in the slush pile!


2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Officially Opens to Submissions!

1 May

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With all this poetry fun going on, what with the forthcoming Cheltenham Poetry Festival and various other events, we figured our prose writers might be feeling a bit left out.  Well, fear not: it’s that time of year again.  Our annual UoG Novel Writing Contest is now open to submissions.  Run in association with Becky Thomas of the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency, the contest has become a highlight of the UoG calendar and represents an ideal opportunity to make an industry contact and kickstart your writing career.  Any student studying with us (BA, MA, or PhD) is welcome to submit, and the shortlist of six will be selected by our in-house judges.  These are then forwarded to Becky, who picks her three finalists, each of which receives a cash prize and Becky’s professional critique.  So what are you waiting for?  Check out our guidelines page and main contest page.  And don’t worry: you have two full months to get your chapter (3,000 words) and synopsis (1,000 words) into shape, as the contest is open to submissions until July 1st.

Novel Writing Contest Shortlist!

9 Jul

Row of Old Books

It has been a tense and dramatic wait since May 9, when our inaugural UoG Novel Writing Contest closed its doors to submissions.  The filter judges have now had time to consider the submissions, and we are ready to announce the shortlist of six entrants.  Cue the drum-roll please…and the shortlist (in alphabetical order by novel title) is:

‘Churchill’ by Sleiman El Hajj
‘The Good Housewife’s Frontal Lobotomy’ by Jane Durston
‘The Making of Robin Mountjoy’ by Sue Pearce
‘Matlock’ by Duncan Dicks
‘Things We Should Have Done’ by Hayley Barnes
‘Vid[dot]mov’ by Emmy Summers

Congratulations to our shortlisted entrants, and thank you to all for submitting.  These six pieces will now be forwarded to literary agent Becky Thomas, at the Fox Mason Agency.  Becky and her team will read them and choose the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners.  Since we like a bit of drama, we’ll be announcing the results at a ceremony in the autumn – one that could potentially coincide with the launch of the latest UoG writing anthology, Carnival.  Watch this space!