Perhaps I need new glasses. It’s been drawn to my attention by fellow members of ninevoices that I somehow failed to see (and therefore mention) that the deadline for this prestigious and financially rewarding prize is October 31st. VERY SOON. Entry is free.

The McKitterick Prize is for the author of a novel who is over the age of 40 on December 31st 2016. (One or two of our group might just qualify) The work must either have been first published in the UK in 2016, or be unpublished. First prize is £4,000; second prize is £1,000.

They are looking for the first 30 pages of the novel. Shortlisted authors will be notified by the end of May 2017 and invited to submit the entire manuscript.

It is essential to study the entry details and to download and complete the entry form from The Society of Authors:

You will see from the above illustration (courtesy of young Ellie-Mae Davies) that my fingers are poised ready to attack the laptop and complete my own entry. Would that my hips were as slender as represented…