New Writing Award Finalists

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The Shortlist for The Big Issue in the North’s first New Writers Award has been announced.

A total of 111 people submitted their short stories to the panel made up of The Big Issue in the North’s editor Kevin Gopal, Manchester author David Gaffney, and Valley Press editor Jamie McGarry, who whittled the entries down to 10.

“We were delighted at the number and quality of the submissions we received and we’ve enjoyed reading and judging them – although it was a difficult task,” said Gopal. “It’s a fantastic response considering this is the first time we’ve run the New Writers Award.”

An event to announce the overall finalist will be held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 12 October, as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. The Big Issue in the North is media partner to the festival.

The ten shortlisted works will be published in an anthology produced by Valley Press, available to buy at the final event.

As well as providing emerging writers with a publishing opportunity and a first place prize of £1,000, the competition raised funds for The Big Issue in the North Trust, the charity arm of the magazine.

The award received sponsorship from Creative Industries Trafford and Waterside Arts Centre and has been run in conjunction with workshops across the North West, promoting the breaking down of barriers through creative projects with vendors.

New Writers Award Finalists

Raef Boylan – Nights Out

Ralph Bullivant – The Taste of Burnt Mackerel

Max Dunbar – The Shot

Rory Gleeson – Dart Times

Anthony Howcraft – Killer

David Martin – Relic

Duncan Ross – Stillness

Fee Simpson – Derek and his Clown

Rebecca Swirsky – On the Origin of Species

Barney Walsh – Somebody Else’s Lie

You can book tickets to the announcement of the award here.

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