THEY have enjoyed national and international fame – now they want others to follow them.
Hollywood actor Patrick Stewart, Chocolat author Joanne Harris and Millennium Poet Simon Armitage are calling for budding Huddersfield writers to submit work for brand new anthology
As the deadline for submissions to a unique anthology draws near, Stewart has joined forces with the two leading writers in a call for undiscovered talent to come forward.
Two international writing competitions – one for short stories and one for poetry – will be judged by Harris and Armitage for inclusion in Grist, a new anthology which seeks to publish budding writers from all localities alongside established authors and poets.
Star Trek legend Stewart, who is also Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said: “By putting emerging writers alongside some of the biggest names in contemporary literature, Grist provides a unique opportunity for those starting out as writers.”
Competition judge Harris, of Almondbury, said: “It is so difficult to be a new writer nowadays and yet there has never been more exciting new talent and more interest in books. I am delighted to be associated with this project.”
Created by university lecturer Michael Stewart, Grist is set to be an annual anthology, introducing the best new writing in the world. Although backed by the University of Huddersfield, the publication will generate its own revenue due to its combination of fresh talent and established authors.
The closing date for entries is November 30, ensuring enough time is given to Joanne, Simon and Michael to read and judge all work before publication in summer 2009.
The only specifications are that the short story be no more than 3,500 words, and the poem no more than 40 lines.