Publishers and agents are the gatekeepers of literary success, and we are delighted to announce that from this year, every student gaining a Distinction in their MA Creative Writing will be eligible for the Bell Lomax Moreton prize.
The prize is named after the Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agency, which was founded in 2000. Bell Lomax Moreton represents a wide range of distinguished authors and illustrators, writing and illustrating adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
By teaming up with Oxford Brookes for this new competition, the agency looks to identify fresh, new voices among the talented students of Oxford Brookes University’s MA Creative Writing course. This prize will give three students the opportunity to win close analysis of their work by a professional agent, with full representation potentially offered to the outright winner.
We were absolutely delighted when Bell Lomax Moreton approached us to discuss this idea. To know that our students' ever-growing success in getting published is attracting the attention of top-flight professionals like them is a truly wonderful thing.
Dr James Hawes, coordinator of the MA creative writing
This annual prize will be awarded by Josephine Hayes, an agent at the Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agency, for the most promising fiction writer, from those students on the course who are awarded a distinction for their writing on the MA. The prize will be open to all present Oxford Brookes Creative Writing students for works of fiction in any genre. The first awarding of this prize will be in May 2015 to tie in with the June 2015 graduation.
Josephine will select three finalists, who will all receive dedicated industry advice and have their work professionally critiqued by the agency. The overall winner will also be considered for representation by the agency based on their completed manuscript.
This will be the start of a new, ongoing relationship between the Bell Lomax Moreton based in the hub of the UK’s literary world in London and a variety of new, fresh, exciting voices from Oxford Brookes’ Creative Writing course.