Think You Can Write A Novel? Then Compete For The Montegrappa Writing Prize

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Open to unpublished novelists in the region

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, the Montegrappa Writing Prize, is now open for 2020. In the last six years, it has produced eight published authors, and is a great way for budding writers in the region to get their work noticed.

So could you be the next Dickens, or Shakespeare, or Dan Brown? You just need to be 21 years old or older, and resident in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman or Saudi Arabia. Submit a 400-word synopsis of your book and the first 2,000 words of the almost-completed manuscript. It can be on any theme, needs to be written in English, and be submitted by November 27. To enter, click here.

There is also a workshop on October 5, run by Annabel Kantaria, who won the first Montegrappa Writing Prize, and Jessica Jarlvi, one of the 2016 winners, who also received publishing deals as a result of the competition. Allow them to share with you their skills and tips – the workshop will be held at the World Trade Club from 10am-12.30pm, costing AED200 per person. Register here.

“Last year’s winner was a participant in the workshop, so it certainly helps the competition applicants,” reveals festival director Ahlam Bolooki. “The competition has helped many writers from the region find the path to publishing success.”

Montegrappa is, of course, Italy’s oldest manufacturer of hand-crafted writing instruments – the winner of the competition will receive their own pen, customised with an image of their choice, hand-engraved on the barrel. This is a service that usually costs US$6,000 (AED22,035). A two-night stay for two in a five-star Dubai hotel is another part of the prize. All entries will be judged by international literary agent Luigi Bonomi, and Rachel Hamilton and Lucy Strange, who entered the competition previously.

The winner will be announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2020. A Montegrappa boutique can be found in Dubai Mall.

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