The Dorset Award

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It can be a long, hard business getting your first novel out into the world so when The Waiting Rooms was short-listed for the Bridport Prize it was an incredible boost to my confidence. You know you are going to be up against some really outstanding writers and so receiving that level of endorsement from such a prestigious literary community was a real game-changer. It has helped me get noticed and provided very timely good news for discussions with agents. Not forgetting the wonderful awards ceremony and meeting the Bridport team and other writers which is always so inspiring. My advice to any budding novelist would be to enter the Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Eve Carpenter Smith (UK) Shortlisted, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, 2017

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