Writing on the Wall Festival and competition

The team at UK Meet are always pleased to share news of like-minded events, so today we’re welcoming Tom from Writing on the Wall to tell us all about the event and a very special competition:

There are a swarm of literary events happening over the course of May in the city of Liverpool as part of the Writing on the Wall (Wow) Festival. This festival celebrates not only the written and spoken word, but also diversity within the writing world. We are running an event on the changing definitions of Gender in the 21st Century that is sure to be unmissable. Led by Juno Dawson, formerly James, and The Vivienne, Liverpool’s very own UK Ambassador for RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Abigail Tarttelin author of Golden Boy, we discuss gender identity in the 21st Century and ask the question: Mainstream or Minority?

We understand that not everyone is able to attend the festival so we are also running a fiction writing competition that can be applied for both nationally and internationally! WoW’s acclaimed Pulp Idol novel-writing competition returns for its 10th anniversary. Are you an aspiring novelist wanting the chance to have your work published? Then this competition is for you. Focusing on new and unheard voices, with huge success from previous finalists, this is an opportunity for new writers to have their novels showcased to the public, including the possibility of exposure to new audiences and communication with publishers and agents. Past publishing successes include James Rice (Alice and the Fly), Deborah Morgan (Disappearing Home) and Clare Coombes (Definitions).

To celebrate 10 years, we are again having a national entry, and opening up for the first time to an international online entry! You will have a chance to enter online in our national and international categories via our YouTube channel. The Pulp Idol winner will have their work read by an agent/publisher. All finalists will have their first chapter published in our book of ‘Firsts’, available as an eBook on all major online outlets. A copy will be sent out to agents and publishers across the country. The guest judge for this year’s competition is author Tony Schumacher (The Darkest Hour, The British Lion).  


For details on competition rules please download them here.

For YouTube entries (National or International) click here –  For more details on competition rules for National and International entries please download them here.

Deadline for Entry: Midnight Sunday 10 April 2016

Heats: Week commencing 23 April 2016

Final: Friday 27 May 2016, 7.00pm. Venue TBC

WoW is very keen to increase the number of entrants from the LGBT community and would appreciate your support in circulating this information as widely as possible in order to help the festival, and you, reach their potential!


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