Saturday, 9 January 2010

THE SCOTT PRIZE

Some lovely news yesterday. All things being equal, I make the odds 3/1; might be worth a pound.

I worked hard on this collection, tinkering, sculpting. It began life as my MA dissertation, doubling in size and, I hope, quality over the next year. I still maintain writing a good short story is as hard, if not harder, than a novel – though obviously not in terms of stamina.

Salt’s commitment to quality over commercial literature is admirable, and I wish them every success in 2010. Even if I don’t make the last four.

18 comments:

Paul Lamb said...

Congratulations on your placement! I'm pleased with Salt, and I really should buy some of their books. (I suppose I can get them over here in the States...)

TOM J VOWLER said...

Thanks, Paul. Ordering from the website is best, as I understand. Not sure about postage to the States.

Donna Hosie said...

Congratulations, Tom.

catdownunder said...

Oh, well done! Congratulations.

Douglas Bruton said...

Just popped over from Nicola's party because I heard you were nearing the end of the novel first draft and I wanted to say congratulations. Seems there is something else to congratulate you on: well done getting to the shortlist for the Scott Prize... hope it all turns out well for you.

Best, as ever,

Douglas

Helena Halme said...

Congratulations! A friend of mine Tania Hershman had her collection published by Salt so I'm a great fan of the publishing house.

I'm here from Nicola's blog party & already loving your blog.

helena xx

Lost Wanderer said...

I just dropped over from Nicola's blog, but really liked your blog so I will be following it now.

Good luck with this year's plans. And hello to a fellow south-west resident.

Nicola Morgan said...

FABULOUS NEWS!! I am thrilled for you. Hooray! Are you still grinning?

Glad to see several of my guests here. Am off to continue my trail round their houses right now.

Lostwanderer - I know the SW well. My parents have lived near Crediton for the last 30 years.

(Word verification: bulocks!)

TOM J VOWLER said...

Thank you for all your kind messages.

Hello Lost Wonderer. Like your blog.

Grinning, Nicola? Me? Almost as much as if I were having tea with Mr and Mrs William Trevor!

jonathan pinnock said...

Just dropped in from Nicola M's place. Mega congrats on the Salt shortlisting, and good luck with the next stage!

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats! That's very exciting stuff :)

I've popped over from Nicola's blog. Nice to "meet" you. I'm an aspiring writer over in Canada.

Katie Mayes said...

Just skipping across from Nicola's shin-dig...glad I did as your blog is so inspiring.

Following it now for a proper read up later on (after all the jumping around blogs today!)

...oh and congratulations!

Katie x

Jo said...

Great blog. Came via Nicola. The only bad thing is more time surfing, less time writing but nice to feel community with so many great writer folk.
And congrats on the shortlist. I know nothing about it but it sounds very prestigious.

Blake Kimzey said...

Way to go, Tom. Fingers crossed state-side!

Roderic Vincent said...

Congratulations on the shortlisting, Tom. Just popped over via Nicola's blog party. I post as part of the team at Strictly Writing and hadn't seen you blog before. I'll have a look round.

Melinda Szymanik said...

Have visited before but don't know if I've ever left a comment, although I've always enjoyed checking your blog out. Am over today from Nicola's party. Congrats on the shortlisting - thats excellent news. Best of luck with the novel (and the short story).

Arabella said...

Lovely, congratulations. I agree with you about short stories. And I don't think I've mastered the art. Maybe someday.

Emma said...

Congratulations!