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Yorkshire’s Next Great Author
The search is on for Yorkshire’s next great literary talent. Supported by Arts Council England, Route Publishing is looking to find to the next great talent in a long distinguished list of Yorkshire novelists and will be offering a book deal to an aspiring author aged 18-30.

Yorkshire is rich in literary history, punching above its weight with a long line of prominent authors. From Sterne and the Brontes, via Priestly and the angry young men to Joanne Harris and David Peace. But who will write for the next generation and what is their story? Born post deindustrialisation and now third-generation from the mass immigration of the 50s and 60s, contemporary young writers have a rich and varied landscape to draw from. 

David Peace, Yorkshire based bestselling author of such books as GB84 and The Damned United said of the opportunity: ‘As the major London publishing houses close their doors and eyes to unsolicited manuscripts this opening provides a rare opportunity for young unpublished novelists to have their work actually read and considered for publication. I hope it will become an annual event and that other regions will follow its example but, most of all, that it will provide extra motivation and inspiration for young writers in our area.’ 

Route Editor Ian Daley says: ‘Not only is Yorkshire’s literary pedigree second to none, we’re also blessed with a rich support network for young writers. This opportunity is designed to give the best of our emerging talent a kick start to their professional career and to produce a cracking book for readers to enjoy.’ 

Route proposes to offer a publishing contract to the best of the new crop of writers and are looking for a novel or novella of between 30,000-80,000 words. Authors aged 18-30 who are living in Yorkshire should submit a synopsis, a sample text up to 10,000 words plus a brief biography and covering letter. The winning entry will be offered a publishing deal and will be supported editorially to turn their manuscript into a published book. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2011.

Editorial Opportunity 

In addition to the author opportunity, Route are offering a mentoring programme for aspiring editors/publishers. Publishing is not an easy industry to break into, so we are offering a chance for an 18-30 year to gain valuable experience by working alongside Route in this exciting project. The successful applicant will have the relevant drive and desire and will work alongside Route in the selection, editing and publishing process. Applicants should send a CV and covering letter by 31 March 2011 

Full details of the submission process for writers and editors can be found on www.route-online.com
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Organisation: Route Publications