A novel-writing competition is being launched today on “This Morning”. It’s open to unpublished authors, who can send in the first 30,000 words and a one-page synopsis from a novel or novel-in-progress. Judges will be author Marian Keyes, actress and TV Book Club panellist Caroline Quentin, and Jonny Geller, joint Chief Executive of Curtis Brown.
The winner will be announced live on This Morning and receive representation from a Curtis Brown agent and a free place on one of Curtis Brown Creative’s six-month novel-writing courses. Two runners-up will be offered meetings with a Curtis Brown agent.
Marian Keyes said: “I remember well the fear and trepidation of sending my first novel to an agent and publisher. I can’t wait to read the novels that come in to the competition – I hope it’ll be like delving in a treasure chest.”
Entrants must be 18 or over, living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, and writing a novel in English. The novel should be unpublished and the novelist unrepresented. Any genre but aimed at adults rather than children. The closing date is 14th November, and the winner and runners-up are expected to be announced on air on 27th November.
Also during November, This Morning will celebrate book month and much-loved authors by broadcasting a new series called ‘MY FAVOURITE BOOK.’ Celebrities will talk about their favourites from a location connected to it. First up is Emilia Fox in Cornwall to celebrate author Daphne Du Maurier and her best selling book Rebecca.