Annetta Berry Wins The First Novel Prize 2017 with 'The Binding Frame'
At the end of six exciting months of discovering brilliant new talent, the judges in The First Novel Prize 2017, Transworld/PRH Commissioning Editor Darcy Nicholson, Wade & Co. Literary Agent Robin Wade and DGA Literary Consultant Lorena Goldsmith, chose to award the First Prize and £1,000 to Annetta Berry (pictured) for ‘The Binding Frame’, ‘a remarkably assured historical novel’, the Second Prize and £250 to Carolyn Kirby for ‘Half of You’, ‘a rare combination of driving plot as well as deep emotion’, and Third Prize and £100 to Mark Brandi for ‘Frankie’, a testament to the power of good writing. Read full statements on www.firstnovel.co.uk
As organisers, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to The First Novel Prize 2017. Thank you to all the wonderful new writers who entered the Prize and to the Judges for their hard work. Entries in the First Novel Prize 2018 will be opening in February 2018.
10% Off and a Free Book with Every Manuscript Assessment in July
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This Year We Support Smart Works
Community involvement has always been of great importance to our team.
This year, we take great pride in supporting the wonderful Smart Works. Our choice reflects our commitment to making a positive change to individual lives.
Smart Works is a UK charity providing high-quality business wear, styling advice and interview training to women in need looking to get back into employment. They give women the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools they require to succeed at interview and start a new chapter of their life.
At the core of the charity’s service is a dressing and interview appointment at one of the Smart Works centres across the UK. During her visit, each woman receives an interview outfit (theirs to keep) tailored to their taste and style by volunteer stylists. This is followed by dedicated one-to-one interview training with an experienced volunteer recruitment, HR or coaching professional.
This short intervention has a significant impact as clients start believing in their own ability to succeed, with over one in two of the women supported going on to get the job.
‘We believe in independent women and the thought that our small contribution can help change a woman’s life for the better brings a special kind of joy,’ DGA founder, Lorena Goldsmith, said.
‘A huge thank you to the team at Daniel Goldsmith Associates for your generous donation. With your support we can provide more women with our interview preparation service,’ Smart Works Communication Officer, Samantha Jones, said.
Find out more about their amazing work at Smart Works.
Win a Manuscript Assessment Worth £430 with Mslexia Magazine
If you have no other plans for Monday the 23rd of January 2017, you can take part in Mslexia Magazine’s open event for writers, Mslexia Max Monday. Pop in on their website to meet top authors, editors and literary agents and win some fantastic prizes, including a manuscript assessment worth £430 from us. For more details and to register for free, please visit the Max Monday page.
E. J. Pepper wins First Novel Prize with 'mesmerising and original novel'
The judges of the First Novel Prize writing competition have chosen the First, Second and Third Winners. The three prizes of £1,000, £250 and £100 respectively have been awarded to three original new writers, E.J. Pepper for ‘The Colours of the Dance’, Yaara Lahav Gregory for ‘Night Swimming in the Jordan’ and Clarissa Goenawan for ‘Rainbirds’. Read the judges’ and winners’ statements here.
The First Novel Prize 2016 Shortlist
We are delighted to announce the Shortlist for the First Novel Prize in its inaugural year. After a summer of reading, the three judges, Simon & Schuster editor Carla Josephson, literary agent Robin Wade and literary consultant Lorena Goldsmith have selected ten extraordinary new voices on the shortlist for the First, Second and Third Prizes, due to be announced by the end of September. Read the Shortlist and the judges’ full statements.
First Novel Prize 2016
Entries for the new First Novel Prize 2016 are now welcome.
In its inaugural year, the First Novel Prize is open to previously unpublished and independently published novelists. It aims to discover a powerful new voice in fiction writing and a brilliant debut. Judged by leading literary agent Robin Wade, Simon & Schuster fiction editor Carla Josephson and literary consultant Lorena Goldsmith, the new competition is an opportunity for new writers to expose their work to publishing professionals and win one of the three attractive prizes: £1000 for the First Winner, £250 for the Second Winner and £100 for the Third Winner. The entry fee is £25.
Enter at www.firstnovel.co.uk
New Address for Submissions
All postal submissions should now be sent to our London office at Daniel Goldsmith Associates, Oneustonsq, 40 Melton St, London, NW1 2FD. However, if you have recently submitted your manuscript to our old address, Dallam Court, Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7LT, please don’t worry; the address will still be valid until March 2016, so we will safely receive your manuscript.
New Service: Scriptwriting
We are delighted to announce a new addition to our range of editorial services: scriptwriting assessment. Writers for the screen, TV or stage can have their scripts assessed by two industry experts, Sam Snape and Simon Weitzman. Sam and Simon have produced for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, HBO, ABC, Miramax, Mercury Bay Pictures, Buena Vista International, Deutsches National Theater, Weimar, Tricycle and Brix theatre in London.
‘We want to offer a writer-centric service, with a strong market focus. Through our appraisals, our aim is to bring the writer closer to an option or a sale,’ Simon Weitzman said.