Tuesday, 17 December 2013

@emirateslitfest @Montegrappa1912 Montegrappa First Fiction Competition still open for new novelists

Montegrappa First Fiction Competition still open for new novelists

Annabel Kantaria recieving the first place for the
 Montegrappa First Fiction competition from Luigi Bonomi
 and Charles Nahhas, MD, Motegrappa ME 
Aspiring novelists still have time to enter the 2014 Montegrappa First Fiction Competition, which has already put two previous entrants on the road to becoming published authors. Organisers of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature have confirmed that the deadline for entries is January 11, 2014. The competition, which is open exclusively for adults, gives new writers the chance to have their work reviewed by leading UK literary agent Luigi Bonomi. The winner is also flown to the London Book Fair and is awarded a Montegrappa pen and the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.

Luigi Bonomi, who judges the competition said, “In 2013, Rachel Hamilton was an aspiring fan. She turned up at the Festival to meet her favourite authors but also to take part in the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition and she became one of its winners. As a result, she went on to get a book-publishing contract with Simon & Schuster and will now become an author in her own right. In 2014, we are running that competition again and so you, aspiring authors, will once more get the chance to possibly become an author in your own right.”

Annabel Kantaria, who won the 2013 competition with her romantic mystery ‘The Marmalade Murders’ said, “Winning the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition was a dream come true for me. Hearing Luigi Bonomi say he liked my writing was a huge confidence boost and the advice he's given me since has been invaluable.”

Rachel Hamilton, who came second in the competition, went on to secure a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster and will be appearing at the 2014 Festival as an author.

“I can truthfully say that entering the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition can help you live happily ever after! Within a month of coming second in the competition, I was offered representation by the wonderful literary agent Luigi Bonomi, and a few weeks later, I had a book deal,” said Hamilton. “My first children's book, 'The Case of the Exploding Loo', will be out in August 2014 and I couldn't be more delighted. I will always be grateful to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature for the opportunity they gave me,” Hamilton concluded.

To enter the Montegrappa First Fiction competition, unpublished writers over the age of 21 must send a 400-word synopsis and the first 2000 words of their fiction manuscript for consideration via the LitFest website - http://www.emirateslitfest.com/First-Fiction-2014.

Luigi Bonomi is one of the UK’s top literary agents and has launched the careers of many bestselling authors. He is the founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates (LBA), which represents a variety of authors, journalists and writers, including John Humphrys, Esther Rantzen and Alan Titchmarsh. In addition to his day job, he is Honorary Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and Literary Consultant for the Sunday Times Oxford University Literary Festival. In 2010 he won the Bookseller Industry Award for Literary Agent of the Year.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2014 will take place in Dubai next year from 4 to 8 March under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage. For more details of the Festival please visit www.emirateslitfest.com

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