Pulp Idol Winners 2013!Congratulations to Sarah Tarbit, winner of Pulp Idol 2013, and Nina McCallig who was awarded the Judges Prize.
Sarah Tarbit was the unanimous choice of our final judges beating 53 other entrants to gain the top spot. This was no easy contest and the overall quality of all the finalists is itself a testament to the strength of Sarah’s novel in progress, Snatcher: A brutally honest portrayal of how the closure of the mines still affects the small town of Ashington.
On winning Pulp Idol 2013 Sarah said:
‘Entering Pulp Idol was a great opportunity to network with other writers and people involved in the industry. Mike and the judges championed new writing and offered invaluable support and feedback. I entered in order to practise reading aloud and to see how others would react to my work - but I never thought I’d win! Being one of the winners has given me confidence and encouragement to keep writing. It’s a fantastic opportunity for any new writer – well worth entering!’
Congratulations also go to Nina McCallig, awarded the judges prize of a writing residential with our sponsors, Ty Newydd, the National Centre for Writing in Wales. The judges thought Nina’s writing was excellent, particularly her skill with dialogue, and felt that she amongst all the finalists would benefit from having time on a short course to work on her novel. Nina’s novel, The Redbrick, is the story of four men and their friendship and determination and the lengths they will go to save their local pub when it threatens to close its doors.
‘Pulp Idol has made me take myself seriously as a writer,’ said Nina. ‘Getting the opportunity to read out your work in a room full of enthusiastic people with a passion for the arts was fantastic. I would recommend everyone who is looking for a bit of support with their work to sign up! Pulp Idol is a breath of fresh air.’
Nina has already booked her place on a course at Ty Newydd, 'Approaches to publication'. We’ll let you know how she gets on there.
The first chapters of all the finalists will now be published in ‘Pulp Idol Firsts 2013’. We will be working with them to get their chapters ready for the book to come out by the end of the year.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered Pulp Idol this year. We are really grateful to all those who take the time to enter and we hope, win or lose, that competition is in some way useful to them in the development of their work and their writing life.
Thanks to our final host, Paul Darby, who always contributes so much during the competition, and to our other hosts, judges and volunteers, Pam Darby, Cath Bore, Tony Wailey, Jenny Newman, Alicia Stubbersfield, Caroline Smailes, Okey Nzulu, Sarah Maclennan, Luca Veste, David Jackson, Debbie Morgan, Carol Fenlon, Rosa Murdoch & Mike Taylor and staff at Central Library and all those who helped make Pulp Idol such a success. Also special thanks to Bold Street Coffee, Hope Place in Prenton, House on Bold Street and Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre on Princes Road for the use of their venues for the heats.