20-06-2019

Top literary agent to judge competition entries from aspiring authors in the GCC

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has announced that pre-registration for the prestigious Montegrappa Writing Prize is now open. The competition has produced eight published authors in the six years since it was first launched, and it is the leading fiction writing competition in the Arab world. It is considered one of the most effective ways for aspiring writers to get their work noticed.

First-time novelists living in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia are eligible to enter, providing that they are 21 years or older and have never published a novel before. Entries can be any genre but must be in English and include a 400-word synopsis of the book and the first 2,000 words of the almost completed manuscript.

All entries will be judged by international literary agent Luigi Bonomi, founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates (LBA) and literary agent for several previous Festival authors, including Annabel Kantaria and Lucy Strange, who were both discovered as a result of entering the competition.
The Montegrappa prize is a bespoke fountain pen customized exclusively for the winner with an image of their choice hand-engraved on the barrel of the pen, an exclusive service usually starting at USD $6,000/-
The winner of the Prize will also have the chance to discuss their manuscript with Luigi Bonomi and although a book deal is not guaranteed, a number of past winners have gone on to earn multi-book deals and become published authors. The winner will also receive a two-night stay at a five-star hotel in Dubai.

“We have had tremendous results so far, with eight first-time authors getting their books published internationally. Pre-registering is a great way to set your intention and spur you on to get your manuscript ready to enter. It also means you get alerted when the competition opens. Anyone who thinks they have a book in them should make sure they don’t miss this opportunity. We are excited to see what talents the 2020 Montegrappa Prize will reveal,” says Festival Director, Ahlam Bolooki.

Submissions will open in September, and the winner will be announced at The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2020.

For the guide on requirements and submission details, see https://www.emirateslitfest.com/whats-on/competitions/montegrappa-writing-prize/.

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