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PEN FACTOR SPECIAL – Winner Ptissem Abourachid

“I think God is trying to send me a sign, and I’d like to send it back.

This is not what I prayed for. I asked for a soul-mate, not another catfish-creep of a guy that just wasted an hour of my life and a £5 tube fare that I really can’t afford.

Was God really trying to tell me to give up?”
Extract from ‘The Checklist’– included in the showcase

“The feedback from the judges was beyond my wildest dreams. To hear their excitement at where this book could go made me realise that this wasn’t just a story that I was writing by myself, with no idea if anyone else would enjoy reading it; it was a story that TLC, the audience, and the judges resonated with and liked enough to choose as their winner, giving me the motivation, validation and now the resources, to power through the edits and try my hardest to get this book out into the world. Thank you, TLC.” From the Introduction