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Retreat West run by writer Amanda Saint, is inviting submissions for three fiction contests: the First Chapter Competition, the RW Short Story Prize and the RW Flash Fiction Prize.

• The winner of the First Chapter Competition will have their submission (three chapters, synopsis and cover letter) reviewed by Jenny Savill, literary agent at Andrew Nurnberg Associates. Submit the first chapter (up to 3,500 words, 12pt font, double spaced) of an unpublished novel for adult readers through the online submission system. The writer’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Submit contact details and a brief bio in the cover letter section of the submission process. There is an entry fee of £15. The closing date is 30 June.

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