Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize author signed up by agent Anna Hogarty

12 July 2017

Literary agent Anna Hogarty has signed up author Leslie Sanderson for her novel On The Edge, only two months after it was shortlisted for the prestigious Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.

Leslie started writing her first novel On The Edge in April 2016 and submitted the first chapter to secure a place on a Curtis Brown writing course. She then entered a synopsis and the first chapters of the novel into the 2017 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, where it was shortlisted from a total of 385 entries. The novel didn’t win the competition, but Leslie was contacted shortly after the awards ceremony by Hayley Steed from Madeleine Milburn Agency, who introduced her to Anna Hogarty, who will now represent Leslie.

Leslie said:

“I’m thrilled to be working with people who are so excited about my novel. Lucy Cavendish really has made my dreams come true!”

Over the past seven years, the Fiction Prize has developed a formidable reputation for uncovering new talent and draws significant interest from the publishing industry. It has been a catalyst for numerous literary careers. Previous entrants include 2013 winner Catherine Chanter whose debut The Well (Canongate) became a Richard and Judy Book Club pick with TV rights having been optioned by a major US studio. Gail Honeymoon, a finalist in 2014, was recently selected as one of the Observer’s new faces of fiction for 2017 for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins). Her novel was the subject of a bidding war eclipsing seven figures and was published in May 2017 to great critical acclaim. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott’s Swan Song was shortlisted in 2015 before being acquired by Hutchinson last October in a six-figure pre-empt and will be published in the UK next year.

It was announced earlier this year that Peters Fraser & Dunlop will continue its sponsorship of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize until 2020.

Aspiring novelists of all levels of experience are invited to attend the first ever Lucy Cavendish Creative Writing Course, which will run from 18 to 23 September 2017 (fully residential). Guests will spend a week learning from published authors, fellow writers and industry experts in a relaxed and creative environment. Please click here for more details.

Photos: top right by Claudine Diaz, left with the other shortlisted authors by Martin Bond

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