Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists. With great success from previous finalists, it’s an inspiring opportunity for writers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard. We strive to provide a platform for up-and-coming writers, helping with exposure to new audiences and providing contacts with key publishers and agents.
Pulp Idol Success Stories:
- 2010 Pulp Idol finalist Debbie Morgan had her debut novel ‘Disappearing Home’ published by Tindal Street. It subsequently spent a week at number one in the Amazon/Kindle download charts.
- Pulp Idol finalist 2012/13 Jon Gale’s debut novella ‘Albion’ has been published by Salt as an ebook novella
- Paul McGuire, finalist published in Pulp idol- Firsts 2014, has gained an agent and publisher.
- 2013/14 Pulp Idol winner, Sarah Tarbit received a bursary from Liverpool’s prestigious Everyman Youth Theatre to develop her work as a stage play.
- 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.
- A major success for WoW is in Pulp Idol 2010 winner, James Rice, signing a two-book deal with Hodder and Stoughton for his debut novel, which featured in our book of ‘Firsts’ published in 2011. (We’ll tell you more about that later…)
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 2014 is available on Amazon Kindle, and your hard is available in Waterstones Liverpool One and News From Nowhere on Bold Street. Or you can get your copy directly from Writing on the Wall. Just call 0151 703 0020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and order yours.