Opening Lines Contest Winners

Congratulations again to all of the writers who were shortlisted and longlisted in the Opening Lines contest. We enjoyed reading the beginnings of all of these novels.

It’s been a hard choice indeed to pick the 5 winners from the shortlist and all of the shortlisted novels have got so much to recommend them. Our winners are the ones that connected us to a narrator, lingered in the mind the most and set up questions that just had to be answered. So well done to our five winning writers!

The Winners

  • Blue Is Not A Colour by Laura McNeil
  • Lifesaver by Natalie McMath
  • Scott/Shackleton by Rod Cookson
  • Split Fortune by Sharon Boyle
  • The Embrace by Stephen Gallagher

All five writers win a full manuscript review from Retreat West founder, Amanda Saint.