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Montegrappa Winners: The Secrets of Success

Event 178 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-7.45pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Montegrappa Prize has proved adept at identifying great writers among the UAE’s writing population. With the fifth group of winners announced earlier in the day, four past winners join the prize’s judge and co-founder, literary agent Luigi Bonomi, for a look at how their careers are going so far and what they have learned from becoming published writers.

Luigi Bonomi is the founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates, where he represents authors including John Humphrys, Esther Rantzen and Alan Titchmarsh.

Charlotte Butterfield was a runner-up in the 2016 competition and is the latest to have a book published  – her debut, Me, You and Tiramisu, launched in this very session!

Rachel Hamilton was a runner up in the first competition with The Case of the Exploding Loo; the third instalment in her hilarious Unicorn in New York series, Louie in a Spin, has just been published.

Jessica Jarlvi is a PR professional and a runner-up in the 2016 competition; her first book will be the forthcoming When I Wake Up.

Annabel Kantaria won the inaugural prize in 2013 with Coming Home; she followed this with The Disappearance in 2016 and is working on her third book.

Lucy Strange’s debut The Secret of Nightingale Wood was recently published, after being a runner-up in the 2014 competition, and immediately found fame as a Waterstones Book of the Month.

Language: English

Montegrappa Winners: The Secrets of Success

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Quick Pitch 1

Event 807 Friday 3 March, 10am-1pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your novel.

You have 15 minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Luigi Bonomi will use his long experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, David Gibbins, Matthew Dunn, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as six Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and how you can make it more appealing.

18 lucky participants will be chosen to make their pitch. To apply, please submit the first five pages of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to submissions@elfdubai.org by 16th January 2017.

Luigi will choose the most promising opening pages by 26th January, when we will contact the successful participants for booking and payment. Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

Language: English

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Quick Pitch 2

Event 815 Friday 3 March, 2pm-5pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi
Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your novel.

You have 15 minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Luigi Bonomi will use his long experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, David Gibbins, Matthew Dunn, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as six Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and how you can make it more appealing.

18 lucky participants will be chosen to make their pitch. To apply, please submit the first five pages of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to submissions@elfdubai.org by 16th January 2017.

Luigi will choose the most promising opening pages by 26th January, when we will contact the successful participants for booking and payment. Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

Language: English

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The 2017 Montegrappa Writing Prize

Event 5 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to award the eagerly anticipated 2017 Montegrappa Prize. This prestigious writing competition open to UAE-based writers has an exceptional record, with five publishing deals in four years.

The competition’s judge, literary agent Luigi Bonomi, is joined this year by two winners who have recently had their first novel published: Lucy Strange, whose children’s novel The Secret of Nightingale Wood came out in 2016 to immediate critical acclaim, and Charlotte Butterfield, whose Me, You and Tiramisu will be launched at this Festival.

This year we also have a very special guest – John Hemingway, author of Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir and grandson of Ernest Hemingway, will present the first-place winner with a limited edition Montegrappa ‘Hemingway: The Writer’ pen – one of only 100 to be created.

Please note that anyone who entered the competition can attend this session free of charge.

Language: English

The 2017 Montegrappa Writing Prize

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