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?

There, there, I have some good news…

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+).

Say what?

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 ‘I am doomed to rot in unpublished limbo forever…’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?