Sunday, 4 May 2014

Having a go at this

This year, for the first time, the Bridport Prize organisers are awarding a prize to a novelist - and a first time novelist to boot. I am one of those! I reckon.

I've been building (slowly, yes) a picture, a world, a person - maybe that's not the right order - but it's been building for a while and I'm going to build it faster and enter it into the Bridport Prize for a novel on or before May 31st.

What's really great about this prize is that it's a supported one so it includes mentoring and guidance from The Literacy Consultancy, as well as possible representation from agents A M Heath. It can be awarded to  to a completed or an uncompleted novel. The dates and time frame for the longlist and shortlist are given, so you know what's expected and when.

And if I don't get listed I will have built a bit faster. The guidelines are here.

I have to have 5000 words ready to submit on May 31st. If I'm longlisted a further 10,000 will be required by the end of July. I almost have those 5000 words ready, and plenty notes for the next few thousand. The plan is to just keep writing, which is an ok plan I think.

I know this character, I know some of the things she'll do. Mostly I like writing her, so with focus I reckon I can do this.

Will do updates! 


Nik Perring said...

Good luck!

Dan Purdue said...

All the best with this, Tree. I'm sure you'll benefit from the added incentive to get the words down.

I was quite tempted myself, but I don't think my SF thriller is exactly Bridport material. I hope they repeat the competition next year as by then I plan to be well and truly stuck into something more 'literary'.

Rachel Fenton said...

Very best of luck, Teresa! I hope you win and get a super publishing deal and a bestseller!

Teresa Stenson said...

Thank you Nik, Dan and Rachel.

Dan, you should give it a go anyway. I don't know if mine's literary really, I just like it. Seems wrong to think in 'literary' and 'other'. A good story is a good story. And I bet yours is!