2017 First Chapter Comp Longlists

Many thanks to all of the 133 writers who entered the 2017 First Chapter Competition – we enjoyed reading all of them. There are 29 on the longlist and of these 10 will go through to the shortlist and have their chapters read by the judge, literary agent Laura Williams at PFD. The shortlist will be published on 12th July 2017.

At this stage we are still reading the stories anonymously so just titles are shown now. If your story is listed here please do not announce on social media what it is called in case we see it!

Longlisted First Chapters

(in alphabetical order)
  • A Bundle of Bones
  • A Minute’s Grace
  • Bouzouki Nights
  • Bye Bye Baby
  • Click. Bang.
  • Don’t Tell Meg
  • Fallible Justice
  • Fly Girl
  • Haunted Pages
  • Hide in Plain Sight
  • Inhabited
  • Naked Gardening for the Over¬†Fifties
  • Nasty, Brutal and Short
  • Obligations of Love
  • Of Vows and Bonds
  • Ornithophobia
  • Possession
  • Remembering the Future
  • Soliciting in the City
  • The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly
  • The Hungry Ghost
  • The Moonscape
  • The Poacher’s Code
  • The Rebel
  • The Uprising
  • The Virgins of Salem
  • The Weight of Stones
  • Thieves in Antwerp

Well done to all the writers on this list and good luck for the next round!

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