We are delighted to announce The Fresher Writing Prize 2017 is now open.
There are various categories to enter, from the Short Story to Poetry and Creative Non-fiction to the First 500 words of a novel. Prizes are all designed to help boost your career as a writer, and so include personal advice and feedback from a literary agent, an editorial director from a major publishing company and an independent publisher.
The difficult decision as to who should win each category will be made by our judges, all influential figures from the publishing world, including Francesca Main from Picador, literary agent Madeleine Milburn, author Jeremy Page and publishing consultant Ed Peppitt.
The final shortlist will see their entries published in the Fresher Writing Volume 3 anthology, and will be special guests at the book’s launch and Fresher Writing Awards, held at Bournemouth University on the 18th May.
To keep the process simple, you can enter online, just click on the link below. It costs £6 per entry and the closing date is January 5th 2017.
Please make sure you have read our terms and conditions.
We look forward to seeing your entries!
You can enter as many categories as you wish, and as many times as you wish, but every entry costs £6. See Enter the competition for more details.
Entry is free for staff and students of Bournemouth University who should email their entries from their university account to firstname.lastname@example.org stating which category they are entering in the email subject box.
As our mission is to encourage new writers, we will not accept entries that have already been published or performed elsewhere.
Short Story: Up to 3000 words maximum on any theme or subject, and in any style, including genre fiction eg Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Children’s etc. We are looking for real storytellers, who create great characters to tell us something fresh, and surprise or touch us.
Creative Non-fiction: Up to 3000 words, on any theme or subject, from memoir to personal essay, to immersion reportage. We are looking for work that blends style with substance and tells us something new about the world.
Poetry: Up to 42 lines, on any theme or subject. We are looking for poetry that is honest and unexpected, reflecting the world that we live in.
Flash Fiction: Under 500 words, on any theme. We are looking for writing that explores and utilises the many possibilities of the flash fiction format to tell their story. Every word needs to count. Let us see a well-crafted story that’s full of life and leaps off the page!
First 500 words of a novel: In addition to providing your 500 words please submit a short synopsis of your novel. Entrants are also requested to have the full manuscript available from 31st January 2017 in case they wish to see more.
What you can win
The prizes for The Fresher Writing Prize 2017 have been specially selected to help new writers get their foot onto the ladder and launch their writing careers.
Short Story: Feedback and advice on a sample of your work (short story or novel) from Francesca Main, Editorial director at Picador.
First 500 words of a novel: A one to one with literary agent Madeleine Milburn on how to best present yourself to an agent and gain representation. The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency was formed in 2012 and has quickly become one of the top literary agencies in the UK.
Creative Non-fiction: A one to one with publishing expert Ed Peppitt of Balloon Publishing and Getpublished.tv on how you can take your book to market independently. Ed Peppitt is a former Publishing Director at Letts Educational and a consultant to many leading publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, Oxford University Press and Harper Collins.
Poetry and Flash Fiction: A professionally produced pod-cast of your work. A wonderful way of promoting your writing, the narration of your work can be shared via your website, or just with family and friends. You will be invited to Bournemouth University radio studios to record your readings (or someone else can read your work on your behalf, if you prefer).
£25 Book vouchers.
Francesca is an Editorial director at Picador, where her authors include Jessie Burton, Naomi Wood, Mark Watson and Lottie Moggach. In 2015 she won Editor of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards. Francesca has also worked in the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster and Penguin and has been a tutor for the Arvon Foundation and Singapore Writers Festival, among others. She grew up in Dorset and now lives in London.
Madeleine Milburn represents a wide range of bestselling authors writing literary and popular fiction including crime and thrillers, psychological suspense, women’s fiction, comedy, romance, high-concept, children’s, Young Adult and crossover fiction. The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency was formed in 2012 and has quickly become one of the top literary agencies in the UK.
Ed Peppitt of Balloonview Publishing and Getpublished.tv is a former Publishing Director at Letts Educational and a consultant to many leading publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, Oxford University Press and Harper Collins.
Jeremy Page grew up on the North Norfolk coast. His first novel, SALT, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book prize and the Jelf First Novel Award. His second novel, THE WAKE, won a prize at the East Anglian Book Awards, and has been shortlisted for the New Angle Prize. His is also a scriptwriter and script editor for various UK film and TV companies, a journalist, and has taught Creative Writing at UEA as well as tutoring and mentoring for various universities and at the London Film School. He lives in London and is married with three children.
Myriam San Marco
Myriam San Marco is a poet and creative writing facilitator and was appointed the Bournemouth Poet Laureate this year. Myriam has delivered writing workshops for Creative Kidz, Jericho Arts and grassroots writers groups for many years. She founded ‘Wordmakers and Silence Breakers’ recently , a collection of wandering wordsmiths, vagabonds verbalisers and rhyming rebels to work as workshop facilitators, bards, fools and ninja poets in all settings. Her words have been published in Boscombe Revolution, The Interpreter’s House, Message in a Bottle, Oddity Magazine, Curly Mind and I am not a silent poet. This is her website.
James Cole is a Bournemouth-based storyteller and for the past six years he has led workshops and held community-based residencies, hoping to foster a love for reading and writing. He has a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southampton where he has since taught on various modules. Following a year as Writer in Residence, he is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Arts University Bournemouth. His debut novel has been shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2016.
A senior lecturer on BA English and BA Communication & Media at Bournemouth University, Emma is also the Editorial Director of Fresher Publishing. A former journalist, writing for national women’s magazines, she is also the author of many books, including several works of non-fiction and one novel. She has an MA in Critical and Creative Writing from Winchester University and, as well as teaching creative writing at Bournemouth University, Emma enjoys leading residential writing workshops in Dorset.
Dr Brad Gyori
A Senior Lecturer of Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University, Brad holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University and, as a television writer-producer, he has worked for such networks as MTV, VH1, FX, E! and HBO online. For ten years, he was the head writer of the Emmy award winning Talk Soup. He has been nominated for five Emmys. In 2014, his play Desolation Angels was presented as a staged reading by Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre.