The LitFest Blog
Budding writers can often feel disconsolate at the lack of opportunities out there and that’s why the Festival initiated the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition, with the aim to give you all a chance to get published.
We’ve had two great years with the competition and two of our winners, Annabel Kantaria and Rachel Hamilton, have earned book deals. In fact, Rachel Hamilton’s book is already a massive success (if you haven’t read it yet, please do, it’s hilarious and charming!). We’ve got high hopes for 2014’s winner Michele Martin, who is working on her manuscript and is close to being published very soon.
We’re very lucky to have Luigi Bonomi, one of UK’s top literary agents and all-round tireless worker, judging the competition. It’s a hard task we’ve set him; the manuscripts we receive are amazing, with intriguing stories, luscious writing styles and descriptions to draw one in. But, we know that Luigi’s keen eye and years of experience will choose the ones that stand out from the rest.
It’s the third year for the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition and you have no idea how exciting it is that the competition has had such success. It’s one of the only competitions of its kind in this country and a lot of hope follows every entry. That’s why we’re giving everyone plenty of time to work on their manuscripts now, so you have time to revise and make changes before you send in the final product. And who knows, perhaps it will be you standing on that stage on March 5, 2015, being presented with a certificate by Luigi Bonomi and Montegrappa Middle East’s MD Charles Nahhas.
When you’re ready, just send your manuscript to http://www.emirateslitfest.com/First-Fiction-2015. Good luck!