The Harry Bowling Prize is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t had a novel published. Previous winners have gone on to contracts with agents and publishers. Here’s the info:
Announcing the 2012 Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing!
We are inviting writers who have not yet had a novel published for adults to submit a synopsis and first chapter of a novel with an urban setting for the 2012 prize. The winner will be announced in March 2012.
The prize was originally launched in 2000 in memory of Harry Bowling, who was and remains a bestselling author of Cockney sagas. Harry’s novels were all published by Headline who sponsor the prize, and who have recently reissued all his novels.
The first prize is £1,000 and the runner-up prize is £100.
The judges will be impressed by writers who are genuine storytellers, and who entertain them with drama, romance and great characters, just as Harry Bowling did. Although all Harry’s novels were set in London, entrants are free to choose any urban setting for their novels.
The deadline for entries is 30th September 2011. The rules and entry form, more information about the prize, and comments from past winners are on www.harrybowlingprize.co.uk