The Exeter Novel Prize – and a fabulous birthday weekend

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Many thanks to Isabella Tartaruga for making this collage. Isabella is one of my beta readers and helped me with the Italian in SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS, which reached the final of the Exeter Novel Prize. I named a character in the novel after her –  hence the plaque in the top left hand corner.

Here’s my report of the Exeter Novel Prize

& fabulous birthday weekend

First up – The Exeter Novel Prize, organised by Creative Writing Matters. Check out their website if you are just starting out on your writing career. Their slogan is: WHAT’S YOUR STORY and you’ll find lots of advice to help you achieve those famous words at the bottom of your manuscript THE END!

Exeter Novel Prize  the award ceremony was held in St Stephen’s Church, Exeter High Street. There were over 300 entries from all over the world and I was thrilled to be one of the six finalists. The  prize is held in high esteem by writers and comes with the added bonus that the short list is commented upon by respected agent Broo Doherty. 

 

Here’s what she said about SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS 

The novel opens with Ishabel Stuart racing across a Scottish causeway to her aunt’s house seeking comfort and solace, having discovered her fiancée has been unfaithful. She has the added burden of her recently deceased father’s ashes in her car; he has requested that his ashes be scattered from a Munro and Ishabel is expected to know how to organise it. 
Her aunt, Esme, a life long protester, runs a B&B on the island, and inevitably the hotel is full when Ishabel arrives.  Not only full, but full of an unwanted American who is going to stay on in the hotel while Esmee heads down south with her ancient hippy dippy friends to protest about fracking in Manchester.
This is a lively and amusing opening to a romantic novel. The setting is authentic, the characters original and the stroppy parrot who has the perfect answer for every situation certainly raised a smile whenever he appeared. 
2016-03-12 17.55.28Pershing – the parrot in the  novel is based on our parrot, Jasper. Here he is with my award. Or should that be, his award ?!

Although I wasn’t overall winner, it was still a great day and a validation of me as a writer. Many thanks to Margaret James, Cathie Hartigan and Sophie Duffy for all their hard work. Now all I’ve got to do is write the next one. Simples.

If you’d like to see a full report and more pictures of the event, go to the website

Here are some snaps of what I DID NEXT

 

  • Opened some birthday cards and had breakfast of croissants and bucks fizz in bed (!)
  • Had lunch at the Oxenham Arms, South Zeal, touched the lucky standing stone – and sat in the VERY place where David Bowie ate lunch.
  • Met up with friends  Sharyn Farnaby and Lin Tredgold
  • Returned to Exeter, had coffee in Patisserie Valerie and went on a birthday shopping spree
  • went home to find a lovely shout out from Amazon for SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS

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About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published.

Posted on March 19, 2016, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    A very special birthday weekend for Lizzie and a report of the Exeter Novel Prize for which she was a finalist.

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  2. Thank you so much for all your kind words, Lizzy. It was a great afternoon and lovely to see you. Congratulations on being a prizewinner. Scotch on the Rocks is a great read!

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    • It was a great event and I’m so glad that I entered. Success breeds success, as they say. Thank you to you and all the other writers/helper involved in making this a fabulous day.

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  3. Sounds like you had a terrific birthday – there’s so much life in us old girls yet!! Congratulations on the achievement, the validation is something worth so much more than its weight in gold, isn’t it? But who won??!

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  4. Congratulations Lizzie, what a great weekend you had.

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  5. Thanks Rosie, I also gave a two hour talk to Leicester Writers’ Club this week on self-publishing one’s novel. Back to reality and getting on with the novel, now.

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  6. Lovely post, Lizzie – congratulations! What a fabulous weekend. That award looks pretty impressive, too.
    Scotch on the Rocks has always felt like a real winner.

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    • Thank you so much for commenting June. It was quite an amazing day and I feel that if Broo Doherty and the other judges liked Scotch on the Rocks enough to put it on the short list, it must have something going for it.

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  7. Great update, Lizzie. I’m thrilled that Scotch on the Rocks made the shortlist. I loved that novel. Well done you! It’s a huge achievement. It sounds as if you had a brilliant weekend, what with your birthday as well. Lovely snaps. 🙂 Xx

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  8. What a lovely post and pictures and thank you for mentioning me!
    Congratulations! xx

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