There’s a band of dragons heading for Chudleigh Literary Festival next month and we’re looking for heroes and heroines who are ready to face up to them. But not just any old heroes and heroines. We need writers, novelists in fact. And it doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie, working on your first novel; or a seasoned regular on the publishing scene, you are all eligible to take part.
You’ve probably seen ‘Dragons’ Den’ on BBC2. Well this is Chudleigh’s own version, with a few differences.
Firstly, our dragons are friendlier than those on TV. We have prize-winning novelist and Exeter Novel Prize judge, Sophie Duffy; author and publisher, Tarja Moles; and founder of Devon Book Club, Ian Hobbs. All writerly people keen to pick a winner.
Secondly, the contenders will be pitching their unpublished novel or work in progress, rather than their idea for a new business. The manuscript doesn’t even have to be completely finished. You need a first page and a short blurb for the submission stage. Then, if you are one of the five shortlisted writers, you need to be able to make a five-minute pitch. How you do that, and what you include, is completely up to you.
Thirdly, our prize is a little different from the shed-loads of money on offer in the original Dragons’ Den. We’re offering an assessment of your synopsis and first three thousand words by Sophie Duffy. Plus all short-listed writers will get immediate feedback on their pitch from the judges in front of a friendly, supportive audience of their peers.
So what have you got to lose? This is a chance to try out your ideas in a safe, risk-free environment, with the chance of a great prize at the end of it. Initial submissions need to be in by 16th June, so you have just two weeks to get those first pages polished and the blurb written.
Full details of this exciting new venture from Chudleigh Writers’ Circle can be found by clicking here. And do check out the rest of the activities on 11th July. This is our eighth Literary Festival and we think it’s going to be the best yet.