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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 each writer is given a few copies for themselves and their friends and families.

Pulp Idol - Firsts 2018 is the eight collection of first chapters. 
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Pulp Idol has had many successes, but few so quickly as the outcome of this year’s competition. Runner-up Ariel Kahn’s debut novel was snapped up almost immediately after the final held in May during WoWFest 2018 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.

Congratulations also to all our finalists whose opening chapters are published here for the first time. The quality of writing in this, the 11th year of our annual competition, is as good as any in previous years, and we wish them all the best of luck in finding publishers for their work.

Pulp Idol is a wonderful opportunity for new writers to gain exposure to the publishing industry and to share their work. Thanks so much WoW! Looking forward to the book launch!
- Laura Bui, Winner

Pulp Idol gives new and unpublished writers the opportunity to have their writing seen and read by industry professionals. If they are fortunate to be short listed they are then  invited to read out their work to publishers, agents and the public. The standard of writing and the passion in which it is delivered is a reminder of what great new talent there is out there from all sections of society. I was so impressed by one writer, Ariel Kahn, that we will be publishing his debut, Raising Sparks in July 2018. As a publisher we are always looking to find great new talent and Pulp Idol is a fantastic event that shines a light on new writing and new writers. - Kevin Duffy, Bluemoose Books and Judge 

Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 is the seventh collection of first chapters. 
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Writing on the Wall are launching the 10th Anniversary Edition of Pulp Idol – Firsts. 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.

Judging the Pulp Idol competition is a highlight of my year – it takes enormous bravery to get up on stage and read your work aloud, and I’m always so impressed by the high quality of the entrants. I’m looking forward to hearing the stories from the 2018 finalists! - Laura Williams, PFD Agency and Judge




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