Vulpes Libris

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Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris: Prizes, lots of prizes!

FoxThis week, we’re focusing on literary competitions. We first give a trumpet voluntary for a new initiative for black, Asian, minority and ethnic writing, spearheaded by YA novelist Leila Rasheed.

Then we launch into a set of reviews for the 2nd Annual Novella Award, a collaboration between Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University, and their partners Sandstone Press, Time to Read, and the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE). The award will given to a previously unpublished work of fiction, between 20,000-40,000 words in length. The winning novella will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication by Scottish independent publisher Sandstone Press. The winning novella will be announced on 30 September (and we’ll tell you’s won on Saturday). Seven novellas, seven reviewers: a packed week for new reading.

Monday 28 Sept: Children’s author Leila Rasheed announces a new project to support ethnic minority writers of children’s literature and why it matters.

Tuesday 29 Sept: Kate reviews Michael Wyndham Thomas’s Esp, a gripping story of music, alienation and identity in Grenada.

Wednesday 30 Sept: Jackie examines how a dark past can affect a country in Motherland by Alix Christie. Hilary gets to grips with Brian Petkash’s Mistakes By The Lake, about a 21st century Prince Hal and his Falstaff, in the stockyards of Cleveland, Ohio.

Thursday 1 Oct: Simon reads The Harlequin by  Nina Allan, about a First World War ambulance driver returning to Oxford. Kirsty D reads The Year of the Horse by Zoe Ranson, a black comedy looking at the precariousness of female friendship.

Friday 2 Oct: Cath reads Penny Simpson’s In Wolf Village. Eve reads Kevin Parry’s When It Was Raining,  a story examining the nature of forgiveness in post-Reconciliation South Africa.

Saturday 3 Oct: the winner!

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About Kate

Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher, and publisher (, in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

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This entry was posted on September 27, 2015 by in 2015 Novella Award, Coming up this week.



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