The Book Edit, set up by developmental editor and Novel Studio course director, Emily Pedder, has launched the Book Edit Writers’ Prize. The competition runs until 22nd October 2021.

Aiming to support talented writers, who might not otherwise have access to the industry, The Book Edit’s Writers’ Prize is a writing competition for unpublished, UK-based novelists from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in British publishing.

Eight winners will have the chance to read their work at a live Zoom showcase event in front of industry professionals and The Book Edit’s contacts. After the event, an anthology of the readings will be published on The Book Edit’s website.

Winners will have the opportunity to rehearse and train for the showcase event, and all entrants will receive advice on other options including mentoring, courses and editing. The competition is free to enter, and the prize is funded entirely by The Book Edit.

The Book Edit’s clients have included Deepa Anappara, Hannah Begbie and Rebecca Ley and many have gone on to be published by the UK’s major publishers. Emily says, “I set up The Book Edit to help writers of fiction and non-fiction move their work towards publication. The Writers’ Prize is intended to support talented writers looking to make that all-important first connection to the industry.”

Deepa Anappara says “Emily’s feedback was always excellent and exacting…her constructive, generous suggestions prompted me to work harder… The Book Edit’s Writers’ Prize is a great opportunity for new writers.”

The training and event hosting will be provided by Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone who has been involved in reading events for over 15 years and who currently runs City Writes and hosts The Novel Studio Showcase at City, University of London. Rebekah says “I’m delighted to be involved in The Writers’ Prize, helping to share undiscovered talent with the industry.”

For full competition details, judges, deadlines and rules, visit The Book Edit’s website.