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Winner of the MMU Novella Award Announced

Thirty-four-year-old English teacher James Edgecombe has been announced as the winner of the inaugural MMU Novella Award.

James’ novella The Art of Kozu was described by judge Jenn Ashworth as “a stunningly well-controlled and startlingly ambitious piece of writing that makes remarkable use of voice and deployment of detail.”

James wins £1,000 and The Art Of Kozu will be published in September. As part of the prize, Diana Beaumont of Rupert Heath Literary Agency will give serious consideration to offering James representation.

The MMU Novella Award has been established by the Department of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Campus, partnered by Sandstone Press and Time to Read, the forum of 22 library authorities in the North West.

James Edgecombe

James Edgecombe