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Pulp Idol - Firsts

Since 2010 Writing on the Wall has been publishing the first chapters of the finalists in its annual Pulp Idol competition.  All finalists get their first chapter published in a book of ‘Firsts’. Pulp Idol – Firsts is produced in hard copy and also made available in Kindle. It is circulated to agents and publishers and eac
h writer is given a few copies for themselves and their friends and families.

Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 is the seventh collection of first chapters. Get your copy here

Launched in 2007, Pulp Idol, a competition for debut novelists, has been the Launchpad for several new novelists, including James Rice, Deborah Morgan, John Donoghue and Clare Coombes. 

Pulp Idol – Firsts, judged by Laura Williams from PFD Literary Agents, is an anthology of the first chapters of the finalists and winners. It is distrib
uted to agents and publishers across the UK.
 
‘The writing in this book has been hammered into shape before live audiences, judges and editors. I don't know if I would ever have the courage to do that myself. The winners and runners-up included in this book deserve our applause. The standard is phenomenal and I have no doubt that we will see some of them published again in the future.’ Laura Williams from PFD Literary Agents.

‘It isn't just that WOWFest gives an equal platform to every writer, regardless of who they are or where they are from, and it isn't just that have done it superbly for years now. What makes it special is that the writers they give a voice to use it so well, and keep getting better, year on year. For me, there is no better writing competition in the country.’ - Tony Schumacher, The Darkest Hour, The British Lion.
 
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2016 is the sixth collection of first chapters. 

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Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists, which focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard. We provide a platform 
for up-and-coming writers, helping with exposure to new audiences and providing contacts with key publishers and agents. 

‘The Pulp Idol competition is a unique award. These finalists really had some guts to lay themselves open to this experience – and then to being critiqued by us! It truly was a celebration of the spoken word, in so many forms. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the shortlisted authors for sharing their fabulous work with us. I can’t wait to read - and hear - what they all write next!’ Laura Longrigg, MBA Literary Agents.

‘The standard of work this year is excellent. It's an honour to be involved in such an exciting competition, filled with local talent. Give it a couple of years and I’m sure a lot of these authors will be gracing our bookshelves.’ James Rice, Author - Alice and the Fly 
 
‘I loved judging the prize; the quality of submissions was exceptionally high with a colourful variety of work.’ Hellie Ogden, Literary Agent, Janklow and Nesbit

 
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2015 is the fifth collection of first chapters. 
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Earlier this year we received the news that Pulp Idol 2010 winner James Rice has signed a two-book deal and will have his debut novel, Alice and the Fly, published by Hodder and Stoughton in January 2015. James is a talented writer who has produced an incredible debut novel. We offer him our congratulations and wish him well. We are proud to have played some part in his success. Good news knocked on our door again when 2014 finalist Clare Coombes (nee Doran), called to say her debut novel, ‘Dictionary of Departures’, which appeared in last year’s Firsts, is to be published in Spring 2015 by Bennion Kearney. We’re very proud, but not too surprised at Clare’s success.
Both James and Clare confirm that talent plus dedication, with an eye to using any opportunity to put your work into the path of readers, agents and publishers, are some of the key ingredients you need to get your work published.
We were delighted to welcome as judges this year literary agents Tom Witcombe from Blake Friedman and Alex Christofi from Conville and Walsh. Their participation confirms Pulp Idol’s growing reputation among the wider literary world as a standard mark for new, quality writing.
The reaction of Tom and Alex to the writing you are about to read, gives us more expectation than hope that more than one of our writers will follow on in the successful footsteps of James and Clare, and numerous other Pulp idol writers from previous editions. We are sure you too will enjoy their work as much as we have.We wish them all every success in the future.
 
"We saw an incredible variety of submissions in the 2014 Pulp Idol competition, from work exploring our closest relationships to books that were all about action, and from the gritty realism of police procedural to the fantasy of a world unlike our own. The standard was impressive, and it’s clear that new writing is alive and well in Liverpool."
Alex Christofi                                                                                                     
 
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2014 is the fourth collection of first chapters. 
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Firsts 2014 is full of new and up and coming novelists who were finalists in the Pulp Idol writing competition organised by the Liverpool-based Writing on the Wall Festival. The competition takes place each year during the festival (usually held in May) and features writers taking part in a series of heats and a final, reading from their work and answering questions from the judges, who are all published writers themselves. The purpose of the competition, and the 'Firsts' publication, is to support new writers and bring their work to the attention of publishers and agents. The judges for the Pulp Idol 2012 final said of this year's collections of 'Firsts': 
 
"Firsts 2014 displays an eclectic mix of fresh voices from Liverpool. Bold, intense and often astute, this is a rousing assortment of first chapters. Complimenting and contrasting, poignant and witty, there’s something utterly exciting about delicious storytelling that wants to be discovered." 
Caroline Smailes, The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

Pulp Idol - Firsts 2012 is the third collection of first chapters from new and up and coming novelists who were finalists in the Pulp Idol writing competition organised by the Liverpool-based Writing on the Wall Festival. The competition takes place each year during the festival (usually held in May) and features writers taking part in a series of heats and a final, reading from their work and answering questions from the judges, who are all published writers themselves. The purpose of the competition, and the 'Firsts' publication, is to support new writers and bring their work to the attention of publishers and agents. The judges for the Pulp Idol 2012 final said of this year's collections of 'Firsts': 
 
"This year's Pulp Idol yielded some of the most powerful and original prose I've read in a long time. A truly notable collection of Firsts."
Helen Walsh, Brass, Go to Sleep, Once Upon a Time in England
 
"The standard of the entries I read at this year’s Pulp Idol was exceptional. It’s a superb competition, seeking talent in places where many don’t think to look, and the variety of the writing I was introduced to impressed me enormously."
Luke Brown, Senior Editor, Tindal Street Press
 
"New writers pen their first chapters, and judging by this standard, the future of the novel is in good hands."
Debbie Morgan, Disappearing Home
 
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2011 is the second collection of first chapters from new and up and coming novelists who were finalists in the Pulp Idol writing competition organised by the Liverpool-based Writing on the Wall Festival. The competition takes place each year during the festival (usually held in May) and features writers taking part in a series of heats and a final, reading from their work and answering questions from the judges, who are all published writers themselves. The purpose of the competition, and the 'Firsts' publication, is to support new writers and bring their work to the attention of publishers and agents.
 
"A brilliant and diverse collection which does huge credit to Pulp Idol and its participants. This competition goes from strength to strength - publishers take note!"
Kevin Sampson, Awaydays, Powder, Stars are Stars
 
"This collection, compelling and eclectic, offers a snapshot of the many directions and possibilities new writers are exploring, from SF and slipstream to popular and literary fiction. The range of these voices carries the message that the art of the novel remains strong."
Martin de Mello, New-Writing Co-ordinator with Commonword, 
Editor for Crocus Books and Suitcase Press.

Pulp Idol - Firsts is a collection of firsts chapters from new and up and coming novelists who were finalists in the Pulp Idol writing competition organised by the Liverpool-based Writing on the Wall Festival. The competition takes place each year during the festival (usually held in May) and features writers taking part in a series of heats and a final, reading from their work and answering questions from the judges, who are all published writers themselves. The purpose of the competition, and the 'Firsts' publication, is to support new writers and bring their work to the attention of publishers and agents.
 
"Ask anyone in the City of Culture to list local writers and the chances are they'll name playwrights or people who write screenplays. Well, here's something to remind everyone that much of the best writing is found inside books. Some of the contents of this book won prizes, and the rest were in the running, but it's the reader who's the real winner."
Ramsey Campbell, The House on Nazareth Hill, Told by the Dead, Grin of the Dark
 
 

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