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Preparing for Pulp Idol, with novelist and children’s author, Sally-Ann Tapia-Bowes

Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists. Many previous finalists have gone on to have their debut novels published by mainstream and independent publishers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard by providing platform for up-and-coming writers, helping with exposure to new audiences and providing contacts with key publishers and agents.

Pulp Idol has had many successes, but few so quickly as the outcome of the 2017 competition when runner-up Ariel Kahn’s debut novel was snapped up almost immediately after the final by North-east based award-winning independent publisher Bluemoose Books. So, well done to Ariel – look out for his debut novel Raising Sparks, which will be published in 2018.

This year we are offering new novelists the opportunity to take part in Preparing for Pulp Idol, a course led by novelist and children’s writer Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes.

SALLY-ANNE TAPIA-BOWES GRADUATED from Hope and Liverpool University with a B.A. in English Literature and Contemporary Art, and a P.G.C.E. in English and Drama. In addition, Sally-Anne teaches English full-time at a secondary school in Liverpool. She is a previous director of Write Blend Bookshop and Café. Until recently, she presented the Beyond Books Show on HCR 92.3 FM, reading children’s literature.

As well as being a writer of fiction and poetry, she worked for Pearson, as an educational resource writer, trainer and Chief and Principal Examiner of English Literature before giving this role up to put pen to paper. Furthermore, she runs novel writing courses for adults on behalf of purplepenguinpublishing. For the last two years, she has been a Pulp Idol judge on behalf of Writing On The Wall.

Her official websites can be found at www.purplepenguinpublishing.com www.tapia-bowes.com

HIS MOTHER was her debut novel in 2015; the sequel HER FATHER was released Christmas 2016. The final novel in the trilogy: SISTERS is due to be released in 2017. Themes in this psychological thriller series include, dysfunctional families, mental health, rejection, loss and regret.
Her debut children's story, 'The Star that Lost its Sparkle!', was officially launched on the 19th of December 2015. A further three children's stories were published throughout the year of 2016. These include 2 in the series of: Mr Crocodile's Adventures, The Gift and Saami and the White Wolf.

In this four-week course held in Toxteth Library writers will have a chance to develop their work by exploring:
• An introduction to characterisation, craft and the first chapter
• The significance of Time, Place and Setting
• Growing a character
• Editing and Reediting

There will also be guidance on meeting the judges preparing to read at the heat.
The course will be delivered at Toxteth Library, from 6-8pm on the following dates in March:
Tues 6th Tues 13th Tues 20th Tues 27th

If you are interested in taking part in the course email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information. Places are limited. You will be notified by Wednesday 28th February if you have been accepted for the course.

1. Name
2. Address
3. Telephone
4. Email.
5. Title of novel
6. Genre: Literary Fiction, Thriller, Detective, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Children, young people, etc.
7. Number of chapters completed to date (This is just for information and will not influence how people are selected for the course if there are a high number of applications)
8. Commitment to enter the Pulp Idol Competition
9. Working or concessions (Claiming benefits, unemployed, student, pensioner, etc.)
10. Please state if you are able to attend all four sessions

The course will cost £20 / £5 concessions

Send the above information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.