29 January 2013

100 words that lead to a book deal?

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by Rufus Purdy Course News

Curtis Brown has launched a short-story competition, to be judged by author Jeffrey Archer and sponsored by Kobo. Writers are invited to join The Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge by sending their mini-stories (of no more than 100 words), to Kobo. The Kobo team will select the best 20 stories for publication in a free digital anthology available from the Kobo website.

Jeffrey Archer will announce the three winners at the London Book Fair on 15 April 2013. Each of the three will win a written critique from Curtis Brown on the opening 3,000 words (plus one-page synopsis) of their novel-in-progress. An overall winner will be selected by agents from Curtis Brown, and will be awarded the grand prize of a free place on a Curtis Brown Creative online novel-writing course.

The competition is open to any writer at work on a novel (not including those who currently have a book deal with a publisher), and able to provide the opening 3,000 words and a synopsis if selected as a winner. The mini-stories can be in any genre but must have a full narrative arc – ie, they should tell a story; and have a beginning, a middle and an end. They should be no more than 100 words in length (excluding the title).

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 250 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages of his 15 novels, six collections of short stories, three plays, three children’s books, three volumes of prison diaries and a Gospel. He is a regular visiting speaker for student groups on the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel-writing courses, and is due to visit the agency’s new six-month novel-writing course in April. Jeffrey is represented by Curtis Brown’s chairman, Jonathan Lloyd.

Anna Davis, director of the Curtis Brown Creative writing school, says: ‘We’re very excited that Jeffrey Archer is to judge this story challenge. He has been a brilliant supporter of our writing school and gives inspirational talks to our students. We’re delighted to be teaming up with Kobo on this competition, and are grateful for its generosity in sponsoring a place for the overall winner on one of our creative-writing courses.’

Please note that the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge is only open to those in the UK, USA and Canada (excluding Quebec).

As well as expert teaching from published authors, all our novel-writing courses offer dedicated modules on submitting your novel to literary agents – and include sessions on writing a synopsis and preparing a covering letter. Click for more information or to apply for our creative writing courses.

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