TLC Pen Factor 2019 Shortlist and Longlist Announced

June 17, 2019 | Conference, Events, Other News

The reading panel for the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition 2019 have now finalised a longlist and shortlist. We are delighted to have had so many fantastic entries this year, and thank all the writers sending their work in.

The five shortlisted writers will pitch their work this coming Saturday 22nd June at our sold-out Writers’ Day to a panel of live-pitch judges: literary agents Nelle Andrew (PFD), Jo Unwin (JULA). Harry Illingworth (DHH), and Susan Yearwood (Susan Yearwood Literary Agency). The judges will decide on a winner, who will receive a writing development first place prize worth over £1,000. Previous finalists and longlistees include OCM Bocas-longlisted Fawzia Kane, WH Smith Fresh Picks selection Piers Alexander, and Neema Shah and Abi Daré, who this year announced significant debut book deals with Picador and Sceptre respectively.


Lucy Basey, The Other Side of Darkness
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?
Margot Shepherd, The Mother Signature
Meriel Beattie, Angora
Pamela Banayoti, Big Girl Blues


Cathy Lister, The Brook Flows On
Jane Penrose, Last Petition
Tessa Youell, Seeing in the Dark
Gabrielle Yetter, Finding Charlotte
Thelma McGough, I Want To Hold Your Hand

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