Dubai PR Network, Online Press Release from Dubai and Middle East
 
Arts, Cultural & Theatre(Entertainment)
Filter PR by
  
Winner of Montegrappa Writing Prize is announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
 
Winner of Montegrappa Writing Prize is announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Dubai, 3 March 2019: The winners of the Montegrappa Writing Prize, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, have been announced today. Recognised as one of the most successful writing competitions in the region, the competition has a proven track record in finding new writing talent, producing eight published authors in the last five years.

This year’s first place went to Polly Phillips, a former journalist in the UK who is now a corporate communications consultant in Dubai. The novel, Keep Your Friends Close, is a domestic noir which looks at the nature of competition between women, focusing on a friendship that is inherently destructive, with a secret burning away at its core. 

The runners up are Aine O’Connor, Lynsey Eames, Mark Fiddes and Robert Pateman.

All entries were 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 Karen Osman. They were both discovered as a result of entering the competition and joined Bonomi on the stage to discuss their paths to writing success.

“This competition provides aspiring writers with a real chance of getting their work noticed,” said Bonomi. “The fact that so many finalists have won publishing deals in the past shows how high the standard of writing in the region is. Every year I am astonished by the level of skill and imagination that we discover and I hope that this year’s crop of talent will go on to join our list of published authors.”

Novelists that have never been published are eligible to enter, providing that they are 21 years or older and resident in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman or Saudi Arabia.  Entrants had to submit a 400-word synopsis of the book in English and the first 2,000 words of their almost completed manuscript.

The grand prize for the winner of this year’s competition is a bespoke Montegrappa writing instrument with an image chosen by the winner hand engraved onto the barrel of the pen, with a retail value of $6,000 USD. Although a publishing deal is not guaranteed, the winner of the Prize also wins the chance to discuss their manuscript with Luigi Bonomi, as well as a two-night stay at a five-star hotel in Dubai, and a copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. 

The runners-up receive exclusive Montegrappa fountain pens with a retail value of $1000 each, and copies of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.

Montegrappa is Italy’s oldest manufacturer of hand-crafted writing instruments. Charles Nahhas, Montegrappa’s Middle East distributor said: “We are proud to have played our part in helping so many new writers on the path to becoming recognised and published. This year’s winners have been given a great opportunity and shown that writing success is possible. I hope it will spur others on to enter the competition next year with an aim to be one of the winners joining us on the stage.”

“The Montegrappa Prize is certainly one of the Festival’s success stories and we are very proud to have been able to make such a difference to creative writing in the region”, said Ahlam Bolooki, festival director “One of the goals of the Festival has been to provide a focus and encouragement for the multinational writing community in the region. With the support of Montegrappa’s sponsorship of this competition, we continue to discover the next generation of writers.”
 
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture. The Festival begins Dubai Culture’s flagship art initiative Dubai Art Season (DAS), which features a two-month citywide activation of art events.

It is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.


Posted by : Dubai PR Network Editorial Team
Viewed 7765 times
PR Category : Entertainment
Posted on : Sunday, March 3, 2019  9:50:00 AM UAE local time (GMT+4)
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of DubaiPRNetwork.com.
Previous Story : ArtBAB 2019 to feature strong selection of international gal...
Next Story : First-ever Euro Souvenir Banknotes launched to celebrate Gan...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine
Back to Section Home

Related Stories



 
 
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Inventive, Futuristic and Daring Translucent is a Distinguished Milestone for Police. [8540-Views]
Show your Nanny some love and treat them to a Complimentary Haircut throughout August and ... [5783-Views]
Tazio Nuvolari Vanderbilt Cup [5490-Views]
Corum Golden Bridge Titane DLC - black beauty for the man of style [5325-Views]
Scafograf Black Sheep - unconventionally exceptional [5057-Views]
Same Favourite Fragrance, New Innovative Products From the Ritual of Karma [4947-Views]
Dubai Delivers on Tourist Volumes Again, With a Strong 8.36 Million Overnight Visitors in ... [4850-Views]
Robinsons Showcases Malone Souliers' Stunning New Collection for Pre-Fall 19 [4758-Views]
Aesop's Parsley Seed Skin Priming Regimen [4746-Views]
GEMS Education students shine with excellent A-Level examination results [4624-Views]
The Nordic Hall of the Heros is Open for Business - Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla Tak... [4563-Views]
Ferragamo Urban - 2019 Fall/Winter Collection [4343-Views]
Marks & Spencer Unveils Its Autumn 2019 Kidswear Collection [4331-Views]
Autumn / Winter 2019-20 Men's and Women's Sneakers Collection [4270-Views]
Exceptional Playtime with Soundcore Vortex [4160-Views]
Sandro: The Power Suit [4008-Views]
Second Week of “Health & Tourism 2019” Campaign Witnesses Remarkable Participation in its ... [3867-Views]
Kachins Couture 5 Ways to Personalise Your Suit Style [3812-Views]
Ralph Lauren Debuts “Wear Your Story” Denim Campaign [3800-Views]
Get 50 per cent off back-to-school essentials at Dragon Mart [3776-Views]
Hormann announces speed rolling shutter DD S6 [3770-Views]
The future of photography and videography is in Canon's hands, with five 2019 EISA Awards [3727-Views]
Forecasting Mesmerising Sea Views and Exotic Seafood at Gonu [3581-Views]
Dubai Tourism Partners With Ary to Invite Audiences to Discover the Emirate With Their Fav... [3300-Views]
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture launches a comprehensive events prog... [3270-Views]
 
RSS Facebook Twitter LinkedDin
 
Top Sections
 
Top Stories