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The Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of? Blurb-Writing Competition 2010

The Competition

Write a contemporary back-cover blurb for one of these classics and win lunch with a top book-buyer. Choose from:

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Blurbs should be no more than 125 words and in a contemporary style as if these books were to be published for the first time today. For example here's a modern blurb for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

"Lizzie Bennett's mum is hell-bent on getting her daughter down the aisle and doesn't much care who she marries as long as it's soon. When the neighbours throw a huge party, she insists Lizzie and her sisters go along..."

The Prizes

The best blurb for each book will win a year's subscription to Writing Magazine and Writers' News. The overall winner will be taken to lunch at a top London restaurant with Matt Bates from WH Smith Travel, Hazel Cushion from Accent Press Ltd and author and journalist Jane Wenham-Jones. Permission will be sought to publish the short-listed and winning entries on this web site and the winner will be featured in Writer's News.

The Judges

Matthew Bates – Book Buyer for WH Smith Travel.
Hazel Cushion – Managing Director of Accent Press Ltd.
Jane Wenham-Jones.

And the winner is…

The winner of the Wannabe a Writer Blurb-Writing Competition, chosen by Matt Bates, book buyer for WH Smith is:

Tania Walsh (T.M.E. Walsh) for her contemporary blurb on The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Congratulations Tania and commiserations to the other two finalists, Mark Titcombe and Lara Higgins – it was a very close thing!

Jane Wenham-Jones and Accent Press would like express their appreciation to Matt Bates for his time and support in judging this competition and to everyone who entered. Thank you very much.

Category Winners

The winners of the individual categories, who will each receive a year's subscription to Writing Magazine/Writers' News, are as follows:

  • Mark Titcombe for To Kill a Mockingbird
  • T. M. E. Walsh for The Age of Innocence
  • Lara Higgins for Oliver Twist

Short List

The short-listed entries, in no particular order, are as follows:

To Kill a Mockingbird

Click on the names above to read their entries.

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