We've been shopping! And I must say, what an Aladdin's cave is a trophy shop. Margaret and I were quite overcome by the twinkling of crystal and shiny silver. So much so, that we thought it would be nice for all those on the short list for the Exeter Novel Prize to have something as a memento.
I know it's 2015 now but the competition was only open for entries during 2014. We aren't alone in appearing to be a year behind. The Costa Prize is awarded at the end of January in the year following, and if they can do it, so can we. Our judge, literary agent Broo Doherty is taking her choice very seriously and we are very excited about the short list. It will be posted HERE on 1st February.
While we were in the shop, we ordered the trophies for the Exeter Story Prize. Go HERE for all the information about that. Trisha Ashley has chosen the very impressive iceberg for her award for a humorous story. The other trophy is for the winner of the whole competition. They look so attractive I'm tempted to put them both on my mantelpiece until the award ceremony. I promise I won't. On second thoughts, I suspect they might make me feel envious of everyone who can enter.
It's been a disgracefully long time since I've written a blog but I haven't been shirking. The long list for the Exeter Novel Prize is up and all the one page reports sent out. Hence the fireworks. Thank you so much for the appreciative emails. It's always hard reading criticism and trust me, it's very difficult writing it too.
So now that our reading and report writing is over, we're turning our attention to organising the award ceremony. It will be on Saturday 28th March in the beautiful St Stephen's Church in Exeter High St, where we were last year. I do hope that those shortlisted will be able to attend. It will be an afternoon event so that there will be time to travel. Exeter Writers who have so generously donated the first prize again will be there and it's hoped much networking amongst writerly folk will take place over tea, wine and cake etc following the announcement.
Margaret and I are working hard on our new text book which will be a companion workbook to The Creative Writing Student's Handbook concentrating on the different types of short fiction. We haven't got a publication date yet, but we will let you know when we have. It should be this year and hopefully earlier rather than later.
Next time I blog, I will include a pic of the new trophies we've just ordered for the Exeter Story Prize and the Trisha Ashley Awards. They are very smart indeed. Entries are coming in now. You can write a story of up to ten thousand words and if it's humorous we'll send to to Trisha and you might be in with a chance of winning her award.