Anglia Ruskin creative writers secure four nominations for book prize

Published: 26 June 2009 at 14:37

Students feature prominently in national competition to find the best novel writers

Four students of Anglia Ruskin University’s Creative Writing Master of Arts (MA) degree have been shortlisted among a group of ten students - from universities across the UK - for a national book writing prize with a publishing deal as first prize.

The competition, organised by Hookline Books, is aimed at new writers, especially those who have committed time and money to studying creative writing at university.  Novel writing is highly subjective and, instead of the publishers deciding which novel should reach publication from a one-page synopsis, the judging procedure is handed over to book club members.

Leigh Chambers, Howard Baker, Jan Hurst and Penny Hancock, all from Anglia Ruskin University have had their work selected for the next stage of the competition.  Other students from the shortlist are representing Bath Spa University, Hull University, Sheffield-Hallam University, City University and Brunel University.

Commenting on her selection, Jan Hurst commented:

“Taking the MA course gave me the confidence to enter the Hookline competition and the support I needed to write my first novel.”

From the first page judging, the book clubs choose their favourite read and the writer is then asked to submit their complete novel. The completed manuscripts are distributed to book clubs and rated on four criteria: plot, character development, writing style, and reader satisfaction.

Dr Colette Paul, Senior Lecturer, MA Creative Writing, said:

“The Hookline Novel Competition is judged by bookclubs around the country. It is the only competition to unite serious new writers with serious consuming readers and for this reason alone it is the perfect test-bed for this new creative writing talent.”

The 2009 competition is ongoing.  The winner will be announced in early November. Last year’s winner was The China Bird by Bryony Doran.

For further information about the MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, visit our course page.