British Literary Agency Launches Novel-Writing Competition

UPDATE: Megan Hodson, a 21 year old marketing exec from Cardiff, the capital of Wales, has won Curtis Brown’s inaugural “Be a Bestseller” competition. She beat out 4,000 contenders, with her planned novel When We Get There.Reading teams at Curtis Brown and Curtis Brown Creative helped judges Marian Keyes, a bestselling author, actress Caroline Quentin, and literary agent Jonny Geller cull the entries down to Hodson and four finalists — Lucy Brooke, Andrew Ewart, Caroline Tudor, and Katy Wilson. Hodson was ultimately named the winner in a live final that aired on Britain’s ITV on November 27th. 

The winning novel will get representation from a Curtis Brown Creative agent, and free placement in one of the agency’s six-month novel-writing courses. Judges Marian Keyes, Caroline Quentin, and Jonny Geller (joint CEO of Curtis Brown) launched the “Be a Bestseller” competition yesterday; the entry deadline is November 14th.

UK-Based Literary Agents Are Offering an Online Novel-Writing Course

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Curtis Brown Creative and Conville & Walsh literary agencies have announced the opportunity to take a three-month novel-writing course online, tutored by Commonwealth Prize-winning author Lisa O’Donnell via phone and Skype. The Curtis Brown Creative Three-Month Online Novel-Writing Course will run from Monday 3rd November 2014 to Sunday 22nd February 2015 – you can apply here. (Curtis Brown Creative is a UK-based literary agency that also produces films based on their clients’ books and has partnered with Amazon to launch a digital self-publishing program through Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace.)