10th April: We are delighted to now announce the five successful applicants for the ‘Pitch the Agent event’, together with the four reserves (who will have their novels discussed in the event of one of the successful applicants being unable to attend). The names, in alphabetical surname order, are… drum-roll please…
- Angela Caiger (Witney, Oxon) – ‘Defy and Die’ (crime): Three years after his girlfriend is murdered, Dan Wright, a part-time private detective, heads to Mykonos to reconcile his differences with his father, Graham, only to find him killed.
- Debrah Martin (Wantage, Oxon) – ‘Falling Awake‘ (literary with touches of dark fantasy): A red-headed woman lies death-like in an asylum, clutching a strange old book.
- Louise Morrish (Alton, Hampshire) – ‘Flesh and Blood‘ (historical (WW1)): 1917: Disguised as a soldier, a brave young woman must fight for survival in the trenches and tunnels of Flanders, in a desperate search for her missing brother.
- Rosie Orr (Oxford) – ‘Starting Over’ (contemporary women’s fiction): Young bride Alice Walsingham’s left with the mother-in-law when Hugo Walsingham leaves with the gay neighbour, Titus.
- Caroline Wills-Wright (Chipping Norton, Oxon) – ‘Where Two Rivers Meet‘ (Y.A.): In a ravaged and bleak future, not too far from now, young Mella survives, somehow.
and the four reserves are:
- Peter Allen (Chipping Norton, Oxon) – Love’s Divine Fire (historical): “A historical, romantic novel of love, passion and murder set in a violent period of 15th century Florence, revealing the secrets of some of the greatest paintings of the Renaissance.”
- Doc Andersen-Bloomfield (Chipping Norton, Oxon) – Straight-Edge (Y.A.) After their mother’s death, how does teenager Rodney and his brother Greg cope with what life and hormones throw at them.
- Katie Carr (Stratford upon Avon) – A Cuckoo Crying (saga): Set in Warwickshire between 1925 and 1941, ‘A Cuckoo Crying’ is one volume in a planned series of five, following the Lambert and Fletcher families from the Edwardian era to the late 20th century and spanning three countries during a period of enormous upheaval.
- Barbara Weeks (Carmarthen, Wales) – The Book of Mercies (historical): Hannah Allen is a radical bookseller who writes of her contrary nature in her Book of Mercies, a diary of sorts; at first a source of comfort but is later used against her when she is drawn into a rebellion against the Restoration.
If you submitted and your name is not listed above (or on the longlist below), please don’t be too disheartened. We had even more entries than last year and the standard was incredibly high. Jane and I had a tough job deciding who to pick… fun though it was.
6th April: We are delighted to announce the longlist for the ‘Pitch the Agent event’. The names, in alphabetical order, are listed below. From this list, we shall be selecting – to be announced this week – five ‘winners’ and two reserves (in case any of the winners are absent on the day), each receiving free entry to the event:
- Peter Allen (Chipping Norton, Oxon)
- Doc Andersen-Bloomfield (Chipping Norton, Oxon)
- John Barker (Bristol)
- Angela Caiger (Witney, Oxon)
- Katie Carr (Stratford upon Avon)
- Heather K. Crawford (Cardiff)
- Debrah Martin (Wantage, Oxon)
- Emma McArthur (Charlbury, Oxon)
- Louise Morrish (Alton, Hampshire)
- Rosie Orr (Oxford)
- Roz Ryska-Onions (Havant, Hampshire)
- Helen Shay (Harrogate, Yorkshire)
- Rose Stevens (Oxford)
- Ursula Warnecke (Witney, Oxon)
- Barbara Weeks (Carmarthen, Wales)
- Caroline Wills-Wright (Chipping Norton, Oxon)
The Chip Lit Agent Pitch event is back!
Seeking a way around the slush pile? Brave enough to have your manuscript critiqued in front of an audience? Whether you’re ready to throw your hat in the ring, or just want to pick up tips for your own writing, this event is one for aspiring authors everywhere.
Literary agent Carole Blake (pictured right) teams up with author of Wannabe a Writer?’s Jane Wenham-Jones for this interactive ‘reality show’ event. Submit the first 1,000 words of your novel in the form below by 20th March 2015 (entries over the 1,000 words excluding title will be disqualified) together with a strict 250-word maximum third-person biography (as if someone else is describing you) and strict 250-word maximum synopsis of your novel including the ending.
Submission confirms agreement with, and acceptance of, the terms and conditions listed below.
Advice Carole gave to successful entrants in previous years includes…
- not having unrealistic (or too many!) coincidences in your plot where it helps solve a problem (e.g. your character has no money but then wins the lottery); and
- do make sure that your synopsis includes your ending!
We’ll invite five shortlisted writers to pitch their work to Carole. The audience will listen as Carole critiques each piece, before opening it up for audience question and answers. Based on the new TV show Wannabe a Writer, this promises to be the Dragons’ Den of the literary world. Join in, if you dare.
Terms and conditions:
- Successful applicants must be able to attend the ‘Pitch the Agent’ event at Chipping Norton Literary Festival at 10am to 11am on Saturday 25th April, and must be comfortable with a public critique of their work.
- Applicants will receive free entry into this event (only), but will be responsible for all travel and accommodation (if applicable) costs associated with attending the ‘Pitch the Agent’ event as well as entry other events they may wish to attend.
- There will be no further editorial support available after the event.
- There is no cash alternative and free entry applies to this ‘Pitch the Agent’ event only.
- This competition is open to ‘wannabe’ writers. You must therefore not have had the novel(s) you are submitting, or previous novels, professionally / traditionally published (self-published is acceptable).
Click on the following link for the TV Show Application Form (ongoing).