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Sunday 02 May 2021

Brighton Based Writer Longlisted For Prestigious Spread the Word Prize

Imogen Phillips lives in Brighton and has just started saying 'writer' when people ask her what she does. She writes short stories which dive deep into the mess and murk of womanhood. 
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Taken and Left, her submission to this year's Spread the Word prize, is her first foray into life writing. 

Imogen has written fiction, poetry and journalism for various online and print magazines, and has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmith's.

She is one of twelve writers from across the country who have been selected for longlist from 939 entries from writers.

Blake Morrison, Life Writing Prize Patron, said: 

"Life writing used to be the poor cousin of better-known genres. 

"But it's currently thriving, and the Spread the Word Prize, now in its fifth year, is actively nurturing the genre through its mentoring scheme. 

"Three books by authors have already emerged that way and I expect more to follow." 

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre was established in 2016 and was created to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro. 

The Prize defines life writing as 'intended to be true', reflects someone's own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. 

The competition is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent and removes barriers to entry for those who may have been restricted.

The Prize results will be announced at a special online event on Wednesday 9th June 2021 – the event is free to attend and people can book tickets via www.spreadtheword.org.uk/lifewritingprize  

by: Mike Cobley




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