Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists: it gets you published. With great success from previous finalists, it is an inspiring opportunity for writers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices, getting them heard, and bridging the gap to the London publishing industry. Writing on the Wall provide a platform for up-and-coming writers, helping with exposure to new audiences and providing contacts with key publishers and agents.
Previous entrants including James Rice, Deborah Morgan, John Donoghue, and Clare Coombes, have used Pulp Idol as a launch pad for their careers and are all now published novelists.
“I really do feel that, to a great extent, I owe this to Pulp Idol. My agent (Carolyn Whitaker from London Independent Books) contacted me after seeing the anthology of the finalists’ first chapters. It was she who managed to get me in front of a highly respected editor, Ravi Mirchandani, leading to the subsequent book deal.” 2010 finalist, John Donoghue, author of The Death’s Head Chess Club.
If you want to be in with a chance of getting your first chapter published and getting it read in front of a major publisher or agent, then you need to enter this year’s Pulp Idol. Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 16th April 2017. Its free to enter. All entries will take part in the heats. Details of your heat will be allocated once all submissions are received, but please be aware that the Blackpool heat will be held on Thursday 11 May, 2-4pm, Central Library.
The final will be held on Saturday 20th May 2017 in Liverpool. The winner of Pulp Idol will have their work read by an agent/publisher, and all finalists will have their first chapter published in our book of ‘Firsts’, available in hard copy in local bookshops and as an eBook available on all major online outlets.
A copy will be sent out to agents and publishers across the country. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to take part in appropriate publicity linking to the heats, the final and the publication of the book.