Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize paves way for Catherine Chanter’s Richard and Judy Book Club success

19 January 2016

The WellCatherine Chanter, winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2013 – an industry-leading annual prize for unpublished female authors, aged 21 and over – gained a coveted place in the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2015 with her debut novel, The Well.

Reflecting on Catherine’s inclusion in the Book Club selection, Judy Finnigan said: “This is a debut novel and it’s an intense psychological, even apocalyptic thriller. But Chanter is also a poet, and the way she writes is graceful, evocative and emotional.”

Aspiring female authors have a golden opportunity to follow in Catherine’s successful footsteps – as this year’s Fiction Prize is open for entries until 5 February 2016. The Prize has developed a formidable industry reputation for uncovering new writing talent. An opportunity recognised by J.K. Rowling, who recently encouraged her Twitter followers to seize this unique chance to launch a literary career:

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Founded in 2010, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize has gone from strength to strength with many shortlisted and winning authors securing publishing deals and furthering their writing. Shortlisted applicants are invited to a Fiction Prize Dinner, attended by literary agents and industry specialists - an occasion that was instrumental in introducing previous winners, Catherine Chanter (2013) and Joanna Merifield (2014), as well as short-listed entrants Rebecca Welshman (2015)Anni Domingo (2014)Gail Honeyman (2014) and Annette Gordon (2014) to their respective agents.

Judges are seeking writers who combine literary merit with ‘unputdownability’. Entrants are invited to submit an opening to a novel, accompanied by a synopsis of how the novel progresses and concludes.

There’s still time to put pen to paper – and who knows, a place in Richard and Judy’s Book Club could be yours too!

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About Lucy Cavendish

Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

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