Judge & Industry Partners 2017
Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel Judge:
Nathan Filer is the author of The Shock of the Fall. This won numerous prestigious literary prizes, including the Costa Book of the Year and the National Book Award for Popular Fiction. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. His non-fiction and journalism has featured in The New York Times, The Guardian and many other national and international publications. His comic poetry has been broadcast on television and radio. He is a recipient of the BBC Best New Filmmaker Award. He holds a Readership in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where he also lectures.
"I will be looking for a novel that grabs my attention from the first page and refuses to let go until the last. I want to meet memorable characters that feel completely real. I don't have to like them (I tend to think the best characters in fiction are flawed, and often difficult to like) but they must always be alive on the page, and I must care deeply about what happens to them. I'll be looking for a compelling plot, but this plot will not feel designed by its author. It will feel shaped by the characters that inhabit it – they will push against its edges, and give the sense that they might surprise me at any time. The language will be sophisticated and controlled. It will be brimming with energy and vitality. It will take risks. It will say something important. It will absolutely not be boring."
The Literary Consultancy
The Literary Consultancy was the first service of its kind to offer professional, in-depth editorial advice and assessment to anyone writing in the English language, anywhere in the world. It removed professional editorial feedback from the confines of the commercial publishing setting and into a more democratic arena. Despite initial concern that writers wouldn’t really want to know what an editor thought of their abilities, TLC found quite the opposite. The majority of clients were pleased to have a detailed editorial assessment from a professional who has carefully read and thought about their work, even if the final response is not a recommendation for publication. TLC has always operated with an ethos of honesty and spirit of independent thinking and believes that a constructive but firm response enables authors to get on – either with a re-write, a new writing project, or with other things in their lives.
Since TLC was founded the literary landscape and publishing industry have changed significantly, with many more resources and options available for writers and increased diversification due to new technologies. TLC has developed a wider range of services in addition to its central and original offer of manuscript assessment and become much more than a reading service. In 2001 TLC received its first tranch of ongoing core funding from Arts Council England. This enabled the provision of free reads known as ‘The Free Read Scheme’ and ‘Chapter and Verse’ – an Arts Council backed mentoring scheme.
TLC now also programmes and runs literary events, writing workshops and holidays. In 2009, TLC became a founding member of the Free Word Centre, an international organisation for literature, literacy and freedom of expression, based in Farringdon in central London.
Founded in 1919, A.M.Heath is one of the UK’s leading literary agencies. We represent established contemporary authors, rising stars and some of the iconic writers of the 20th Century. Our focus is on working with authors to exploit the potential of their writing in as many arenas as possible. Our agents work closely together to ensure that we cover all areas of the business and each author benefits from the shared expertise of our tight-knit and supportive team.
Between us we represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction; journalists, historians, biographers, experts and novelists across all genres, from crime to literary, historical to YA and children’s.
We are also proud to represent several major literary estates, including the Orwell estate.