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Friday, February 19, 2016

Exeter Novel Prize - the Short List

At last, the short list...

After a very lengthy reading and judging process, the finalists in the Exeter Novel Prize 2015 can be revealed. Congratulations to you all and congratulations also to the people on the long list. We had literally hundreds of entries from all over the world. So, for your novel to be in the final few is an outstanding achievement of which you should be very proud indeed.

The Exeter Novel Prize 2015 Short List

A Place in Tumaini - Lucy Welch 

Heroine - Lucy Ayrton 

Orphaned Leaves - Christopher Holt  

Scotch on the Rocks - Lizzy Lamb 

Strangers on a Bridge - Louise Mangos 

The Fastest Girl in Red Hook - Mark Dlugash 

The finalists, who come from all four corners of the UK as well as from New York and from Switzerland, will each be presented with an engraved glass trophy. The winner will receive £500 and the runners-up will all receive £75. The members of the CreativeWritingMatters team are looking forward to the awards event on 12 March 2016 in (where else) Exeter, and we are hoping all the finalists will be able to attend in order to collect their awards and have a glass of something sparkling with us!

The London literary agent Broo Doherty will present the awards and tell us what made one particular entry stand out as the winner. We hope the third winner of this award will follow in the footsteps of the first two, Su Bristow and Clare Harvey, who are now both under contract to mainstream commercial publishers. 

The awards event is public, so anyone who would like to come is very welcome. There are full details on the CreativeWritingMatters website at www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

We're looking forward to a great day!