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  • TLC Pen Factor 2017 Longlist, Shortlist, Highly Commended

    June 19, 2017

    The reading panel for the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition 2017 have now finalised a shortlist, two highly commended entries, and a longlist of six honourable mentions. We were pleased to receive a high volume of extremely high quality submissions this year, and pleased too with the fantastic variety of genres, plots, premises, and styles. The imaginations of writers are clearly thriving, and we wish everyone who entered well on their writing journey.

    The TLC Pen Factor 2017 reading panel was comprised of:

    Sally O-J, literary editor and writing mentor
    Jonathan Ruppin, books journalist, founder of the English PEN Translated Literature Book Club
    Harry Gallon, novelist
    Aki Schilz, TLC Director
    Joe Sedgwick, TLC Editorial Services Officer

    The five shortlisted writers will pitch their work this coming Saturday 24th June at our sold-out Writers’ Day to a panel of live-pitch judges: Emma Paterson (literary agent, Rogers, Coleridge & White), Angelique Tran Van Sang (Editor, Bloomsbury), Crystal Mahey-Morgan (Publisher, OWN IT!) and Ed Wilson (literary agent, Johnson & Alcock). The judges will decide on a winner, who will win a writing development prize worth over £1,000.


    Susan Angoy, Whisper of Lies
    Jeremy Gavins, The Stonewalls of My Mind
    Alison McCullough, The Noble Art of Letting Go
    Neema Shah, Kololo Hill
    Gareth Strachan, The Drunken Bricklayer

    Highly Commended

    Jay Fejer, Daniel in Fragments
    Kate Jefford, Dr Di


    Jay A. Gee, There Comes My Heart
    Emma Bamford, The Trade
    Gillian Haigh, The Building
    Bethan James, A Dragon Among Men
    David Martin, The Saviour of Broken Flies
    Gulara Vincent, Gulush 

    TLC Pen Factor 2017 Partners