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, who have already shown interest in a number of our writers.
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2014 is the fourth collection of first chapters. 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
The writing in this collection of 1st chapters is sharp, funny, intelligent, intriguing, chilling and utterly readable. You will want to read more. Drawn through a series of heats to take part in a final during Writing on the Wall’s annual festival, our authors have been judged and edited by some of the best, including lead editor Jenny Newman, author of ‘Life-Class’ (Hamish Hamilton) and ‘Going-In’ (Chatto), editor of the Faber Book of Seductions (Faber & Faber), and former head of the Creative Writing MA at Liverpool John Moores University. Debbie Morgan, finalist in 2010, was published in 2012 by Tindal Street, spending a week at number one on the Amazon Kindle download charts with her debut novel ‘Disappearing Home’.