You know how everything to do with writing and publishing is all based in London and costs an arm and a leg? And you’re never going to be able to go to one and get discovered and live your publishing dreams?
Well… I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. Because the Comma Press & Manchester Writing School National Creative Writing Graduate Fair is based in Manchester. And costs £40 (£35 if you book in a group of 5+).
That’s right. You heard me, Barack Obama. £40. A quarter of the price you’d normally pay for such events.
So it can’t be that good then, right? I might as well flush my hard-earned cash down the toilet.
You couldn’t be more wrong. For your measly £40, you get two (that’s right, TWO) 1-2-1 sessions with agents. And they’re not small fry either – Diane Banks, Susannah Lea Associates, Watson Little, Madeleine Milburn, AM Heath have already confirmed for this year. Pitch it right, and you could be on your way to a publishing deal of your very own.
And that’s not mentioning all the panel sessions, workshops, talks, key note speech and post-event drinks.
‘Yeah, but it says “Graduate” in the title. That’s definitely not me,’ I hear you say. ‘I am doomed to rot in unpublished limbo forever…’
It does, you got me there. But fear not, you don’t have to be one to go along. I should know. I went last year, and I’m no creative writing graduate. No one lynched me at the door or checked my credentials. Plus, I asked… and they said no problem.
So, what are you waiting for?