Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Edge Hill Prize short list announced

The short list for the Edge Hill Prize was announced today. The five finalists are:

John Burnside, Something Like Happy (Jonathan Cape)
Jaki McCarrick, The Scattering (Seren Books)
Bernie McGill, Sleepwalkers (Wittrick Press)
David Rose, Posthumous Stories (Salt)
Rachel Trezise, Cosmic Latte (Parthian)

Five outstanding and varied collections from writers I hugely admire. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 3rd July.

For more information about the Edge Hill Prize and the finalists see here.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The WoMentoring Project

Women writers take note. The WoMentoring Project is an amazing initiative set up by author Kerry Hudson, connecting brilliant women within the literary industry; editors, agents and writers across all genres, with aspiring women writers through mentoring.

The application process is really straightforward and there are so many incredible people who are offering their time, talents and guidance for free. You choose who you would love to have as a mentor, send a sample of writing and a short statement about why you would benefit from free mentoring and they forward the applications to the mentors to select from. Brilliant.

I will be applying for this. To receive mentoring from an experienced writer is gold dust - too good an opportunity to miss!