The Fresher Writing Prize is on the lookout for new talent


Fresher Publishing has opened its third Fresher Writing Prize to emerging writers of short stories, novels, poetry and creative non-fiction – this year with a new Flash Fiction category.

The prize was developed at Bournemouth University to support new writing talent and it enables unpublished writers to have their work put in front of publishing industry names. This includes Picador’s Editorial Director, Francesca Main and literary agent, Madeleine Milburn, who are both on the executive board of Fresher Publishing and judge the prize each year.

Editorial director Emma Scattergood, said: “It is so exciting to see the Fresher Writing Prize gaining momentum and getting bigger each year, with shortlisted writers from previous years already getting published and gaining industry recognition. Last year’s winner of the Creative Non-fiction prize, Bradley Wester, now has interest from film makers for his story, and our specially commended First 500 Words writer, Felicia Yapp, has won a significant publishing deal for her novel. I can’t wait to read this year’s entries.”

14741636_1232749930079378_1482774870_n-2The Prizes

The prizes are all designed to help writers launch their careers so, for example, the short story winner will win personal feedback on their writing from editor Francesca Main; the writer of the best novel opening will win a one to one with literary agent Madeleine Milburn and the best poet will win a professionally produced podcast of their poems. There will also be a special student prize for best short story which will be half a day of learning about writing and publishing with Silvertail Books’ publisher Humfrey Hunter, including feedback on their work.

All shortlisted writers will be published in the Fresher Writing anthology volume three, which will be available on Amazon in print and for Kindle.

The closing date isn’t until the 5th of January, 2017 – so get writing! To find out more and to enter the competition, click here.