“When I saw my novel Half Of You on the long-list for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews award, it felt miraculous that my work had been plucked from a vast sea of words.
"And then, reaching the short-list under the scrutiny of such eminent judges was even harder to believe. What an enormous thrill it was to receive my invitation to the prize-giving lunch and then to meet so many inspiring writers there.
"I am still in the throes of a first draft, but reaching the short-list has given me a level of faith in the story that spurs me on. Any new writer looking for a way to energise their novel should simply start preparing an entry to the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award."
Carolyn Kirby (UK) short-listed in the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016