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Exeter Novel Prize

If you have the first 10,000 words of your novel under your belt and can write a synopsis for it as well, then there’s nothing to lose by entering it into this competition. 

It costs £20 to enter and for an extra fee you can also get an appraisal to help you move forward with your work if you don’t win.

Exeter Writers has proudly sponsored the first prize of the Exeter Novel Prize since 2013 and will continue to do so for as long as we are able.

We believe that supporting our county with its own Novel Prize, supports local writers (as well as international ones) to explore their creative talents. 

Exeter has been a UNESCO City of Literature since November 2019. There are many reasons why our wonderful city was awarded this status including links to Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, Michael Morpurgo, and Hilary Mantel.

The Exeter Novel Prize is run by Creative Writing Matters which also provides other services for budding authors.

Creative Writing Matters

This organisation was founded in 2009 by EW members: Cathie Hartigan, and Margaret James, alongside co-partner Sophie Duffy who had to leave our ranks when moving north in early 2020.

The three creative writing musketeers have many offerings for budding authors including: mentoring services and manuscript appraisals, as well as several popular workbooks to support writers learn more about the craft of writing.

The Creative Writing Students Handbook is an easy to read guide that covers pretty much every aspect of writing. It has a lot of information and is the perfect companion for students on creative writing courses who are beginning to think about turning their passion into a profession. 

They have a whole series of books that come highly recommended to give you taste of what to expect as professional writer, and how to grow into your writing work.

You can find these books on amazon both in paperback and Kindle format, and further information on entering the Exeter Novel Prize can be found on their website.

Author Business Foundations

The Author Business Foundations series deals with the practical aspects of becoming financially independent and turning your hobby into a sustainable small business. Written by Exeter Writer, Elizabeth Ducie, these books were born from her personal experience in the turbulent field of publishing.

Elizabeth Ducie has been a long-standing delegate of the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, including running the Book Shop where fellow attendees sell their published books. In 2010, she began running workshops on The Business of Writing which have been very popular among the hundreds of attendees. These workshops later became blog posts which further evolved into the Author Business Foundations books.

The Business of Writing Part 1: Business Start-Up, is a practical tool for setting up your business. There is no one blueprint or template for how writers make money, this book gives you the questions to ask yourself to help you build your business in the ways that make the most sense for you.

The Business of Writing Part 2: Finance Matters, takes readers through the systems necessary to be self-employed. Things like: tracking income, expenses, accounting, cash-flow, and how to plan for inconsistencies in work and pay-delays.

The Business of Writing Part 3: Improving Effectiveness, deals with how to be more productive with your time. Learning how to manage your writing projects is essential to ensure you meet deadlines, and stay on track to publish and get paid. 

These three books which deal with both UK and US systems are available in various formats on amazon: 

  • Individually as ebooks on kindle
  • As a 3-in1 paperback 
  • There is also a workbook that compliments the series, to help put things into practice straight away.

The Business of Writing Part 4: Independent Publishing, explains the labyrinth of routes to publishing available and helps you figure out which one is right for you.

Alongside these great resources for writers, Elizabeth Ducie offers  1-to-1 coaching for writers wanting to become independently published authors. Visit her website for more information.