Lucy Cavendish launches first Fiction Prize Festival

17 December 2018

On 19 January 2019, Lucy Cavendish College will run a Fiction Prize Festival for the first time. It is a day of talks, workshops and one-to-ones with experts from the writing and publishing industries and published authors – an opportunity to be inspired, and learn how to debut a bestselling novel.

At Lucy Cavendish – a unique part of the University of Cambridge – there is a strong tradition of supporting and celebrating creative writers, and especially helping unpublished authors achieve success. The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is testament to this, as the catalyst for numerous bestselling debuts and emerging literary talent. Now, the College takes this one step further, with the first Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Festival. It is open to everyone, with discounted tickets for students.

The Festival aims to give aspiring authors everything they need to publish a great novel. The day will include talks, workshops and panel discussions, as well as book signings, networking drinks, and an optional dinner in the tradition of a College Formal Hall. There will also be an opportunity for one-to-one mentoring with agents and publishers. Guest speakers include critically acclaimed and award-winning authors Sophie Hannah (an internationally bestselling crime writer), Lesley Sanderson (The Orchid Girls), Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (Swan Song), Laura Marshall (Friend Request and Three Little Lies) and Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton, coming soon).

Literary agents from Fiction Prize sponsor, Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD) will also be involved, as well as publishers and editors, the journalist, broadcaster and former Lucy Cavendish President Jackie Ashley, and award-winning novelist and journalist Allison Pearson (Chair of the Fiction Prize judging panel).

Nelle Andrew, literary agent at PFD and a judge for the Fiction Prize, will run one-to-one advice sessions on the day. She said:

“The Fiction Prize Festival is the best opportunity for would-be writers. If you want to be published but don’t want to spend hundreds on courses and are looking for real insight, join us for a day that could change your life.”

Tickets for the Festival are now available; please find out more and book here.



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