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Writing in the Sand about the Long & the Short of it … Well, the Long anyway … The Exeter Novel Prize Long-list …


Well, I’m back after my Christmas and New Year travels – a fab family Christmas back home, New Year fireworks in Dubai, paddling in the Dead Sea, then much walking round the ancient city of Petra, from which my poor tootsies have just about recovered – as I hope, has the poor horse who had to carry me back!

Here’s hoping you’ve all enjoyed a good start to 2014.
The fifteen writers below certainly have, as they’re the long-listees of the Exeter Novel Prize which was the subject of my first blog post some months back.
So I’d like to say a belated ‘Well done and congratulations!’ to

Sonya Weiss   – 67 Ways to Kill Your Sister,

Heather Reed – A Puff of Madness,

Cathryn & Linsey Davies – Bleeding Empire,

Anne Summerfield – Brighton Revels,

Sarah Palmer – I Wish, I Wish,

Elizabeth Ballagher – Line of Memory,

Jonathan Taylor  – Mellissa,

Daniel Knibb  – New Faces,

Gillian Barr – Pier Terrace,

Su Bristow – Sealskin,

Jean Burnett – Servant of Darkness,

Joan Brennan – The Bean Farm,

Susan Luddem – The Bearded Ladybird,

Barbara Hudson – Timed Out,

Catherine Hamblen –  Trusted,

The shortlist will be announced next month. Good luck to you all …


April Hardy, writing in the sand about …

The Exeter Novel Prize.

Back in May, I was in London for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s summer party. Checking in to the New Cavendish Club is, for me, part and parcel of the whole event. I love bumping into other RNA members before the party and checking out each others’ shoes!

This year, I found myself gate-crashing the Devon chapter’s afternoon tea – not on purpose – honest! There I met Margaret James, Sophie Duffy and Cathie Hartigan of Exeter Writers and co-founders of CreativeWritingMatters.

We got chatting about the New Writers’ Scheme, of which I’m a member, and writing competitions. That was how I got to hear about the Exeter Novel Prize.

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L-R April Hardy, Sarah Tranter, Sarah Newson, Anne Bennett, Sophie King, Cathie Hartigan, Margaret James, Sophie Duffy, Linda Mitchelmore, a lady I can’t recognise, Mandy James. Seated Gilli Allan

Most writing competitions have restrictions. Many are only open to either published or unpublished writers. Then there is the writer’s age, sex and, of course the genre. But Margaret, Sophie and Cathie wanted to create a competition which would be an opportunity for as many novelists as possible.
So, with the exception of children’s books, the ENP is open to all genres.
Entries of up to 10,000 words, including a synopsis of not more than 500 words can be emailed from anywhere – very handy if you live halfway round the world! Details of how to enter can be found at http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

But you’ll need to get a move on …
The competition, which will be judged by Broo Doherty of Wade and Doherty Literary Agency, Wapping, closes midnight, 31st October.
Good luck!

Oh, and if you know who the lady I couldn’t recognise in the photo is, please let me know, so I can add her name!

And with November being National Novel Writing Month, the next post or two will feature the trials and tribulations of Challenge NaNoWriMo. Write a novel in 30 days? Why not – there’s nothing in the rules about it being perfect!