On Wednesday 10th July, Chudleigh will be invaded by Dragons, although we’re not sure whether Daenerys Targaryen will be accompanying them on this occasion, and there will certainly be no White Walkers on the Play Park. (And unless you are a Game of Thrones fan, that last comment will be meaningless!).
Back by popular demand after its successful first appearance in 2018, we will be running Face the Chudleigh Dragons as part of the Chudleigh Literary Festival again this year. It will be the chance for authors to pitch their latest novels to a panel of industry experts in front of a live, but very supportive audience. And the prize for the winning pitch? A manuscript assessment by those wonderful people at Creative Writing Matters, the folks behind the Exeter Novel Prize.
Two of our dragons will be familiar to anyone who was there last year. Sophie Duffy is a prize-winning novelist who also runs workshops for Creative Writing Matters and appraises manuscripts for emergent novelists. She offers a mentoring scheme for writers who want to change course or who need a push in the right direction. Several of her clients have gone on to secure publishing deals.
Also returning to practice his fire-breathing will be Ian Hobbs, an avid reader and founder of Devon Book Club, a network of over 3000 book lovers from across the county (and beyond) who get together on Twitter, Facebook and/or Goodreads to discuss all things book-related. Ian regularly reviews books for the network and facilitates events to bring readers and writers together.
The third dragon, and new recruit this year, is multilingual fiction and children’s books writer, Loreley Amiti, who used her experience in journalism and marketing to found her own publishing label; Littwitz Press. Loreley’s books have been translated into various languages and reached #1 in Italy as well as the top 3 in the German Amazon bestseller charts.
You can read more about all our dragons here. The competition is now open and you have until 16th June to get your entries in. There is no fee to take part. Download entry details here. And get details about the whole Chudleigh Literary Festival here.