Conville & Walsh literary agency are delighted to announce the launch of the Word of Mouth Prize, a new literary prize aimed at discovering talented unpublished novelists.
The Word of Mouth Prize aims to uncover the new and unpublished novels which people will talk about, which demand to be shared and which readers simply cannot put down.
The key to what the judges are seeking lies in the prize’s name: novels which linger long in the mind and which readers find themselves recommending to others. That’s an almost undefinable and seemingly magical quality which we nonetheless all recognise – a quality which gives rise to that immediate instinct to email or phone a friend, and say “You must, must read…”
The link between the prize and the agency is that Conville & Walsh has long prided itself on representing novelists who have gone on to become word of mouth phenomena – amongst many other great books, some of the agency’s proudest word-of-mouth successes include THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M L Stedman, THE SHOCK OF THE FALL by Nathan Filer and BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S J Watson.
The prize will be judged by the team at Conville & Walsh with the help of two guest judges in the form of Matt Haig, author of THE HUMANS and forthcoming REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, and Sheila O’Reilly who runs Dulwich Books (Independent Bookshop of the Year for the last two years).
Submissions will open on the 1st of November and will close on the 31st of January 2015. For more details, please visit our new Prize page.
31 Oct 2014