TLC Pen Factor Competition 2018 Shortlist and Longlist

June 18, 2018 | Other News

The reading panel for the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition 2018 have now finalised a longlist and shortlist. It is the first time we have had such a long longlist, which stands testament to the quality of work submitted. The variety of work was particularly encouraging. We would like to thank everyone who entered, and wish all the writers the best of luck on their onward journeys.

The five shortlisted writers will pitch their work this coming Saturday 23rd June at our sold-out Writers’ Day to a panel of live-pitch judges: literary agents Robert Caskie (Caskie Mushens), Niki Chang (The Good Literary Agency), and Zoë King (The Blair Partnership), and publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove (Dialogue Books). The judges will decide on a winner, who will win a writing development prize worth over £1,500.


Sonia Lambert, When You Are in England
Abi Dare, The Girl with the Louding Voice
Kirsty Capes, The Hatchling
Adam Sharp, Daddy Was a Punk Rocker
Jay Gee, Scrounger of Ambit Edge


Charlie Rolfe, What We Don’t Know
Gill Haigh, Out of Water
Anne Chen, Sorrow of the Eastland Empire 
Niala Maharaj, Going Home
Thelma McGough, Autoplay
Jay Fejer, The Libertarian’s Boy
Nina Duttaroy, The Chief
Maria Hummer, The Man from the Moon
Emma Millions, Things You Can’t Unsee
Kavita Jindal, Manual for a Decent Life

TLC Pen Factor 2018 Partners