There’s just over a week left to get your submission in for this year’s Face The Chudleigh Dragons event. That’s a week to write a 100-200 word blurb and to polish the first page of your masterpiece. It’s a free competition, and there’s a great prize awaiting the best pitch, so what have you got to lose?
Face The Chudleigh Dragons takes place during the annual one-day Chudleigh Literary Festival. This year it will be on Wednesday 10th July. It is an opportunity to pitch your latest novel to a team of industry experts in front of a friendly audience of fellow writers, all willing you on to succeed. And if you have a whole drawer full of novels, you can enter up to three, although no entrant will be offered more than one pitching slot.
Think of it as the opportunity to practice that elevator speech you know you are going to need at some point in the future.
Think of it as the source of some constructive, supportive feedback.
Think of it as the chance of winning a professional manuscript appraisal.
Or think of it as a fun afternoon among your peers.
Our Chudleigh Dragons, who are much cuddlier than the name suggests, are three people who approach the literary world from different aspects.
Sophie Duffy, who returns for a second year, is a prize-winning novelist and one of the founders/judges of the Exeter Novel Prize. She is also the one who carries out the manuscript appraisal for the winner, wearing her Creative Writing Matters hat.
Another returning Dragon is Ian Hobbs. He is not a writer; he’s much more important than that! He’s a reader! And he is also the founder of Devon Book Club, a mainly online community of more than 3,000 readers who meet to discuss all things literary via Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter (plus occasionally get together in real life for bookish chat, tea and cake!)
New to the panel this year is author and publisher, Loreley Amiti. As founder of Littwitz Press, she is providing yet another business model for authors wishing to bring their books to the reading public.
Entries for this novel, fun and free competition close at 23.59 BST on Sunday 16th June. Members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle will be entering, but the competition is also open to any writer from across the south west region. Previous entrants can re-enter, providing their novel remains unpublished. The finalists, who will be presenting their pitches on 10th July, will be announced on Saturday 30th June. Download full details by clicking here and let’s see all those entries rolling in.