At the end of last month I entered my debut novel to a fiction writing competition aimed at unpublished female writers in the UK, The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2021.
This contest which is in its eleventh year, is famous for helping undiscovered female writers launch their literary careers. I heard about it a few years ago and wanted to send in a submission but it was never the right time. This year however, it is! I have created a work of fiction in one of my favourite areas to read, the psychological thriller / domestic noir genre. I’m still working on the manuscript, but the first 50 pages are done and this is what made up my entry.
Here is the Instagram I shared when it was submitted!
I’m enjoying the twists and turns I am discovering as I create and I love a good writing challenge so I am particularly enjoying figuring out how to get my characters or the plot from A to B, really thinking in non obvious dimensions to come up with a plan, then tweaking what I have to make it work. These hurdles and pitfalls won’t be obvious in the finished book but for me, it’s fun to see where I thought I was going to end up Vs where I did end up!
I’ll reveal more about the book and how I fare in the competition as it unfolds, but please come find me at Instagram where I love to share photos of whatever is going on for me that day!