Chip Lit Fest novel critique event – 2014

*** Results announced! ***

Thank you everyone for entering. We had an overwhelming response and the standard of entries was so high, it took longer than expected to go through all the submissions.

We’re delighted to announce the five participants of this event will be (in alphabetical order):

  • Michelle Barber
  • Eve Carpenter Smith
  • Mike Kilbane
  • Jo Scott
  • Lyndsey Shir-McDermott-Pour

with the following reserves:

  • Helen Datson
  • Catherine Evans
  • Tony Tibbenham

Congratulations to those eight authors but if you entered and aren’t listed above, take heart, the standard overall was really high. We hope to see you there (click here for the event details).


Carole Blake (photo by Jack Ladenburg)

** Entry closed midnight (UK time) 28th Feb **

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? Jane Wenham-Jones for this interactive ‘reality show’ event.  Submit the first 1,000 words of your novel in the form below by the end of February 2014 (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.

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.

JaneChipping Norton Literary Festival is a four-day celebration of books, reading and writing, with a host of author talks, signings, discussions and workshops. This year’s speakers include crime writers Nicci French, Tania Carver and Mark Billingham; columnists Tim Dowling, Lucy Mangan and India Knight; and novelists Kate Mosse, Joanna Trollope, and Rachel Joyce; as well as Jonathan Aitken, Alan Johnson, Kate Adie, and economist Tim Harford. Kids will love meeting Charlie and Lola’s Lauren Child, with the chance to see Winne the Witch illustrator Korky Paul in action! The Playbus will be in town, along with a special ‘Meercat Mayhem’ hunt organised by Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Tickets on sale now: 01608 642350. Visit for the full programme or click here for the event itself.

Terms and conditions:

  • Successful applicants must be able to attend the ‘Pitch the Agent’ event at Chipping Norton Literary Festival at 1.30pm to 2.30 pm on Sunday 27th 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).

The form has been removed as the deadline was the end of February 2014.

Click on the following link for the TV Show Application Form (ongoing).

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