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COSTA Book winner to Bluemoose Books

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017 by Clancy Mason in Competitions & Prizes, Latest Libraries News

COSTA Book winner to Bluemoose Books


There is an opportunity for 5 new writers to be published alongside award winning writers: Andrew Michael Hurley, Carys Bray, Paul Kingsnorth, Peter Kalu and Kirsty Logan in a short story collection.

Bluemoose Books are looking for stories from new writers and new voices for an anthology of short fiction set on the North West Coast edited by the award winning writer Jenn Ashworth.

From the bright lights of Blackpool to the eerie calm of Morecambe bay, from the port of Whitehaven down to the dunes of Formby, we want your stories. We're interested in the untold tales: the seasonal workers, the overlooked natural world, the off-peak and under-written. We're interested in tales from the edge: edge of the country, edge of society, and perhaps even the edge of a life.

The story must be previously unpublished, set on the North West coast of England, and be no longer than 6k words. The writer doesn't have to be born, live or work in the area to write about it and we're looking for surprising perspectives and diverse voices.

(For the purposes of this collection, 'new writer' means they haven’t previously published a book-length work of fiction, poetry or creative non - fiction before).

To submit: the writer needs to send their work as a word doc email attachment to - Including their name and contact details, and a short bio.

Deadline: September 15th 2017 - entries submitted after this date will not be read.

Contact: Kevin Duffy -


01422 842731

The Novella Award 2016

Posted Wednesday 10 February 2016 by Clancy Mason in Competitions & Prizes

Manchester Metropolitan University is pleased to announce the opening of the third annual Novella Awards.

In partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University, Sandstone Press, Time to Read and NAWE the novella award is open to any writer of novellas in the English language and aged over 16.

This year’s competition will be judged by Lucy English author of Selfish People and Children of Light and will be open for submissions on the 1st of February 2016 and closes 29th April. This year’s prize includes £1000 and publication by Sandstone Press.

The Novella is an important literary form and its popularity is on the rise. “the novella is the perfect form for this decade of our reading history” with an emphasis on speed and constant multitasking in our lives the novella is the perfect allowing a brief pause in an otherwise hectic schedule.

Last year’s winner Nina Allen author of The Harlequin received high praise a review The Independent described it as “beautifully written”. She has recently been listed on the Barnes & Noble “42 Sci-Fi/ fantasy books we can’t wait to read in 2016” for her new novel The Race.

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Costa Novel Award 2015 Shortlist Announced

Posted Wednesday 18 November 2015 by Clancy Mason in Competitions & Prizes

Costa have announced their Costa Novel Award 2015 shortlist which contains a wonderful selections of books including work by some North West authors.Costa Novel Award 2015

Micheal Andrew Hurley, Tasha Kavanagh, Sara Baume and Andrew McMillan all have connections to the North West. The Award has five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.

The Category winners will be announced on 4th January 2016 and the overall winner announced on 26th January 2016.

More details of all the shortlisted authors can be found here:

Time To Read wish all the authors the very best of luck.

Not the Booker- more

Posted Tuesday 4 August 2015 by Jane Mathieson in Competitions & Prizes

Not the Booker prize

Further to the Not the Booker prize, just under 1,000 people voted and this is the shortlist of 6 titles.

80 votes - Kirstin Innes – Fishnet (Freight Books)

74 votes - Kat Gordon – The Artificial Anatomy of Parks (Legend Press)

70 votes - Oliver Langmead – Dark Star (Unsung Stories)

63 votes - Paul McVeigh – The Good Son (Salt)

61 votes - Tasha Kavanagh – Things We Have in Common (Canongate)

58 votes - Melanie Finn - Shame (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Neither of my choices made it through this year. In case you are wondering I voted for Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud which I believe has been seriously overlooked by all this year's awards. And in a spirit of solidarity with  "northern" publisher and friend to Time To Read, Bluemoose Books, The Secret to Not Drowning by Colette Snowden which I am  reading currently. 

I have already read one of the shortlisted titles   and didn’t consider it a prize-winner. I won’t say which. But of course I am now intrigued. Was my judgement wrong? Or am I just not in tune with the sorts of books that make it through to this prize? Dare I say it ? Could I be too old?

If you want to shadow and take part in this process you now have until 5th October to read the 6 titles listed above. There will then be an opportunity to vote for your favourite. If you want to keep up with this process follow the Guardian’s Book pages

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