Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MA Creative Writing student longlisted for £5000 prize in Mslexia novel contest

One of our current cohort has been longlisted for the Mslexia 2011 Women's Novel Competition. Catherine Simpson is in the running for a first prize of £5000. The shortlist will be announced in early 2012.

The competition was open to unpublished female novelists writing fiction in any genre for adults or young adults. The judging panel is novelist Sarah Waters, literary agent Clare Alexander and broadcaster Jenni Murray.

Getting longlisted is another success for Catherine. Her short story Mercy Boo Coo was among the winners of Family Legends, a competition run by BBC Radio Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust earlier this year.

The story was published in an anthology called Family Legends. Catherine read Mercy Boo Coo aloud and was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland's Culture Cafe in May. You can read her winning entry here.

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