Congratulations to Megan Davis!

Her novel, The Messenger  has taken first place in The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel!

Read an extract of ‘The Messenger’ here.

Megan Davis was born in the lead smelting town of Port Pirie, South Australia and grew up in mining towns in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, attending twelve different schools. She has worked as a lawyer in Melbourne, Sydney, London, and Paris in the areas of media law, finance, and white-collar crime.  As a lawyer in the film industry her credits include The Constant Gardener, Atonement, Eastern Promises, In Bruges, Tristram Shandy, Pride & Prejudice, and the Bourne films.  Megan recently completed an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

Megan is the second Salonsita to have achieved this incredible distinction– Dr. Lizzy Welby was a winner a few years back for her short story, “Jugged Hare”.

About the Bridport Prize:

We’re an open writing competition that is dedicated to finding and encouraging the most promising new writers from across the world. Each year the judges award over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels.

As well as cash prizes, winners of the poetry, short story and flash fiction competitions are published in the Bridport Prize anthology. Winners of the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award will receive mentoring with our partner The Literary Consultancy – the UK’s first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service.

The prize was founded in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, by Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is a global writing competition and many winners have gone on to see their work published and have become household names.

Past judges include Ali Smith, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, U A Fanthorpe, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion and Tracy Chevalier.

For your chance to win get your entries to us by 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2019.