We are entering the last few weeks of this year’s Aurora Prize for Writing submission window, and we wanted to share a little taster of the journey of one of last year’s winners, Toby Campion.
Part of our Aurora Prize winner’s package is to receive feedback from a literary agent or editor (depending on where they are in their career). We match winners with agents that they are most interested in and take time to make introductions which we feel could benefit them in the future.
Last year’s poetry winner Toby Campion was linked with Suresh Ariaratnam (Literary and Talent Agent and owner of The Sprung Sultan Agency) – whose clients include Jay Bernard, winner of this year’s Ted Hughes Award. After first talking, and then sending a draft collection, Toby had a number of Zoom sessions working through the commercial aspects of getting his collection ready for publication. We are pleased to say that the relationship will now develop into a mentorship with the aim of having a draft ready to sell, and advising on how to build a resilient career.
Toby said, “I’m really grateful to the Aurora Prize; the sessions I’ve had as a result of winning this award have really helped me to think about my work in new ways and encouraged me in developing my practice.”
We are really proud and pleased to see Toby – who is such a talented artist – get onto this path, which will hopefully lead to great things in the future.
If you want to be this year’s winner of the Aurora Prize for Writing (in poetry or short fiction), you have until Monday 8th June at midnight to submit your work.
Winners in each category, in addition to the agent feedback, will receive £500, annual membership to the Society of Authors (and a career development session with them).