Two writers mentored by novelist Jill Dawson have found success this month. Doreen Massey has had her short story The Upside Down Trees, set in Alaska, accepted for publication in the anthology Love on the Road. Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about love and travel. The organisers write: ‘In April, we chose the 12 we plan to publish. In May, we sent them to our panel of judges, which includes writers and literary agents. By July, the judges will pick their favorite three stories, which will win cash prizes of $200 (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place).’
And Alex Hourston, another mentee of Jill’s, has had her novel Intersection, the story of a strange and powerful friendship between two very different women, shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize. This is a national prize to be “awarded to a remarkable, unpublished female fiction writer over the age of 21 who successfully combines literary merit with “unputdownability” in their entry.” The winner of the prize is announced at the end of May.