“She has never believed herself fit to be loved by any person. But now she has a new life, of which this is the first moment, and even after many years have passed she will still think: Yes, that was it, the beginning of my life” Sally Rooney’s novel ‘Normal People’ won the Costa…Details
BPA client, Damhnait Monaghan is shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Beth Underdown, our author judge and lecturer in creative writing at Manchester University gives writers some tips to get their entries noticed. What will you be looking for in the competition line up? Somebody who really wants to tell me a story. If it’s a story unlike any I’ve read before, even better. Any advice…Details
We spoke to Nelle Andrews about what she’s looking for in this year’s BPA first novel award and this is what she had to say… When reading submissions, what is it that makes you want to read on? Strong narrative hook; good writing; plausible characterisation; clever opening What do you look for in that first…Details
What’s ‘Up Lit’? It’s the trend that everyone in the literary world has been talking about after it took 2018 by storm. There has been a surge in demand to read novels such as the award-winning ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ and other ‘up lit’ titles such as ‘Three Things About Elsie’ by Joanna Cannon.…Details
After six months of reading through hundreds of entries in all genres from around the world, our judges Literary Agent of the Year Madeleine Milburn and author of The Maid’s Room Fiona Mitchell, have picked their winners. WINNER Jules Lampshire My Poor Deluded Girl – Commercial Fiction After a stranger dies falling from a bridge…Details
Nine writers joined Sara and Emma for our Autumn retreat. We returned to beautiful Asthall Manor, childhood home of the Mitford sisters, where the sun shone and it felt more like summer than Autumn. We were wonderfully looked after by our cook Fiona Cullinane. Writers worked on their novels during the week with one on…Details
At this year’s Winchester Writer’s Festival we ran a one day workshop to a group of 25 writers on the tricky subject of Structure! It’s a character’s desires, fears and actions that shape story. We looked at how the protagonist’s character arc can give structure to a novel. We discussed what a central narrative is,…Details