Caroline Ambrose, founder of the Bath Novel Award, will talk us through the judging process for the prize. What are her readers looking for in the submissions? What is it that assures your entry of a place on the shortlist? Does genre matter? Are first sentences really that important? Is first person a no-no? And what happens when you win?
Caroline Ambrose is the founder and organiser of The Bath Novel Award and The Bath Children’s Novel Award, two annual international prizes for emerging novelists.
After gaining a BA Hons in English and Social Psychology at the University of Birmingham, she worked for Anita Roddick at The Body Shop International where she worked her way from the shop floor to Business Development Manager. She now lives in Bath with her husband and daughters working full time on the awards and providing artist liaison for Bath Festival’s headline literary events. She is also a campaigner for public libraries and was instrumental in stopping the closure of Bath’s city library in 2017 and again in 2019.
She oversees every stage and aspect of the novel awards, from receiving entries to working with readers, judges and helping shortlistees find literary agent representation.
This Novel Nights author talk and Q&A is supported by the Arts Council. We will feature three readers work. Do submit to get a chance to read your work in our Writers’ showcase at this event.