Fiction

Biographies

Winner

Nicholas Hogg

Nicholas Hogg graduated from the University of East London with a psychology degree. He currently teaches literary skills to refugees. Also in 2005, The Tokyo Catfish, a love story set in the aftermath of a Tokyo earthquake, was a prize winner in the London Writers contest. Paradise was runner up in the 2006 Willsden Herald Short Story competition, adjudicated by Zadie Smith - an anthology of the winning stories is shortly to be published by Pretend Genius. Nicholas has has recently completed his first novel, Show Me the Sky which will be published by Canongate in 2008. Check out his website:  www.nicholashogg.com.

Runners-Up

Nell McGrath 

Nell is now represented by the Christopher Little agency. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Northumbria University. In 2003 she won the Marie Claire/Virago Short Story Competition with Starfish. In 2004 Scales and Arpeggios for Solo Recorder was longlisted for the Fish short story prize and a short story for children, Callum Murdo MacDonald and the Pinkish Blotch won the Sense of Mischief Competiton at Durham Literature Festival. In 2005 Catherine was published in short story anthology Sand, and Nell received a Northern Promise Award from Northern Rock/New Writing North for her novel-in-progress, Story Library of the Saints. Click here to read her Ventures entry.

Wayne Milstead

Wayne's fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Ambit, and his non-fiction in various publications. He is at work on a novel, Everybody Wants to Play Huck Finn, a collection of short stories called Strays as well as a travel narrative retracing the journeys of Henry David Thoreau. Wayne has also won a National Writing Academy/Arts Council England Bursary in 2004; he was one of eight selected nationwide for competitive grant to attend a week long Novel Clinic directed by Kathryn Heyman and Kate Pullinger; and he won the Curtis Brown Scholarship for his MA year at the University of East Anglia. Read Wayne's work here and check out his podcast: www.literaryconversations.com

Commended

Bethan Roberts's novel The Pools has gone on to find a publisher (Serpent's Tail) and will be coming out in August 2007.  

Wayne Milstead, Nicholas Hogg & Nell McGrath