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Enter the Escalator Literature Fiction Competition

  • Date: 15 November 2011
  • Area: National, South East
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Escalator literature judge and mentor Tobias Hill. Credit: John Foley

Are you a novelist based in the East of England who wants to turn professional? If you think you would benefit from a year's worth of development and support then you should apply for the Escalator Literature Fiction Competition.

Escalator Literature is the Arts Council's talent development programme for writers in the East of England and is run by Writers' Centre Norwich. Escalator can take artists to the next level of their careers or enable them to take time to explore new creative territories.

The programme is aimed at all writers of ambitious, high quality long-form fiction, and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 29 November.

The ten winners will get a package including: one-to-one mentoring from professional writers (including Tobias Hill and Katherine McMahon), support applying for a lottery-funded Grants for the art award, professional development workshops, introductions to agents and publishers, and more.

Sound good? Begin the application process by paying the £5 submission fee online and submitting your details. Once done, you'll be asked to send a 3000 word extract of a longer piece of your writing that demonstrates the quality of your work, and a covering letter.

Want to find out more?

Visit the Escalator Literature Fiction Competition web page to discover case studies on past winners, eligibility guidelines and most importantly, what you need to prepare to apply. You can also call Writers' Centre Norwich on 01603 877177, or email

The ten Escalator Literature winners will be notified by Friday 13 January 2012. Good luck!