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2018 Debut Fiction Prize — The Results

a close up of a pile of well-thumbed notebooksWe had one our biggest ever entries to the first Annual Debut Fiction Prize, for short story collections, novellas and novels. A particularly tough field for our two judges, Tracey Iceton and Adam Craig, to work through. After a lot of deliberation, our duo chose a strong short list of seven:

  1. Terry MeliaTales from the Greenhills;
  2. Rory MilhenchThe Gallery of Last Words;
  3. Sonia MoorImperfect Timing: A Triptych in Three Time Zones;
  4. Felicia NayRed Affairs, White Affairs;
  5. Rebecca ParfittSometimes They Arrive Late & Other Macabres;
  6. Ruth ShabiThe Water Hazard Family; and
  7. Ali ThurnOne Scheme of Happiness.

Of those seven, Tracey and Adam chose three finalists:

  1. Rory Milhench;
  2. Sonia Moor; and
  3. Felicia Nay.

Which only left the even tougher decision of who should be the overall winner …

So, congratulations go to Felicia Nay and her novel, Red Affairs, White Affairs, the winner of the 2018 Debut Fiction Prize.

Well done to the two runners up and to all the writers who took part. We hope to see more from you in the future.

And, again, congratulations again to Felicia, who will be mentoring her novel with Tracey and Adam over the forthcoming year — look forward to reading her book when we publish it in 2020.

Read the full adjudication of this year's competition.

Photo by Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

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Saturday, 15 December 2018