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emirates-festival-of-literatureAt Expat Echo Dubai we believe that many of our readers will have some great stories to tell.

Would-be novelists have the opportunity of taking the first step on the publishing ladder thanks to a competition organised by the Emirates Festival of Literature. The writing competition gives previously unpublished writers, who must be over 21, the opportunity to have their work reviewed by leading UK literary agent Luigi Bonomi and to attend the London Book Fair.

Last year over 100 entries flooded in from writers of all nationalities living in the UAE and stories encompassed a variety of genres and experiences. The 2013 competition was won by Annabel Kantaria, who is currently in talks with publishers. Runner-up Rachel Hamilton secured a book deal in May with US publishers Simon & Schuster for her novel ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’. The second runner-up was Linda C. MacConnell. To enter the Montegrappa First Fiction competition, unpublished writers must send a 400-word synopsis and the first 2000 words of their fiction manuscript for consideration via the LitFest website

The synopsis and manuscript pages will be read and evaluated by literary agent Luigi Bonomi. The work judged to be the best will win a superb set of prizes, including a trip to the London Book Fair 2014, lunch with Luigi Bonomi at the Fair, a Montegrappa pen and a copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. The deadline for submissions is January 11, 2014.

Who can enter?

•    This competition is open to adult writers over 21 and of any nationality who are currently resident in the UAE.
•    The novel can be any genre, but must be in English
•    Entrants must not have had a novel published before* (see below for explanation)

What is the prize?

The winner receives:
•    a trip to the London Book Fair, to include flights and accommodation
•    lunch with a top UK literary agent
•    a Montegrappa pen
•    one copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

Two runners-up will receive:
•    a Montegrappa pen
•    one copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

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