2017 First Chapter Competition Shortlist

Drum roll! After multiple re-reads by myself and Louise Walters we now have a shortlist of 10 stories that are with judge, Laura Williams, literary agent with Peters, Fraser and Dunlop.

Thanks again to everyone that entered and well done to all the longlisted writers – and congratulations to everyone on our shortlist!

The 2017 First Chapter Competition Shortlist


  • A Minute’s Grace by Laura Tisdall
  • Bouzouki Nights by Emily Kerr
  • Click. Bang. by Dave Wakely
  • Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso
  • Naked Gardening for the Over-Fifties by Catherine Edmunds
  • Soliciting in the City by Isabel Powles
  • The Moonscape by Eirill Falck
  • The Uprising by Ahize Mbaeliachi
  • The Virgins of Salem by Fiona Mackintosh
  • The Weight of Stones by Ruby Speechley


Final results will be posted soon…good luck everyone!


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