LitFest First Fiction competition extends deadline Montegrappa comes on board

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a screen grab of Emirates-Airlines-Festival-of-Literature website. Several top authors and media personalities will be attending the 2013 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai during 5 – 9 March

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature announced that the First Fiction Adult Writing competition which gives unpublished adult novelists the chance to have their work evaluated by a leading literary agent, Luigi Bonomi, is now running in partnership with Montegrappa, Italy’s oldest manufacturer of luxury writing instruments.  Festival organisers further announced that the competition deadline has been extended until 20 January 2013.

More good news for aspiring authors is that the prize will now include a wonderful writing instrument.

“We are thrilled that Montegrappa has chosen to sponsor First Fiction,” said Festival Director Isobel Abulhoul. “Their pens are beautiful hand-crafted masterpieces that celebrate the art of writing, so we really couldn’t have a more fitting sponsor. We know there is a huge amount of talent out there so we hope this competition can give a boost to people’s literary aspirations. It’s a fantastic opportunity for first time writers to be read and have their work evaluated by an influential literary agent,” she continued.

Charles Nahhas, Managing Director of Montegrappa Middle East said that the company was delighted to be involved with the Festival and particularly in championing new writers: “Any initiative that encourages writing is to be applauded, and this competition will be a wonderful way to discover and encourage our new, talented novelists and give them that much needed first exposure to the literary world.”

The Montegrappa First Fiction allows writers who have never had a novel published the unique opportunity to have the 400 word synopsis and first five pages of their fiction manuscript read and evaluated by top UK Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi. The work judged to be the best will win a superb set of prizes, in addition to a Montegrappa pen, including  a trip to London Book Fair 2013, lunch with Luigi Bonomi at the Fair and a copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. There are a series of other prizes for runners-up.

Montegrappa is Italy’s oldest manufacturer of luxury writing instruments. Operating since 1912 in the same historic building, Montegrappa produces hand crafted works of art that celebrate mankind’s mastery of the written word.

Luigi Bonomi is one of the UK’s top literary agents and has launched the careers of many bestselling authors. He is the founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates (LBA), which represents a variety of authors, journalists and writers, including John Humphrys, Esther Rantzen and Alan Titchmarsh. In addition to his day job, he is Honorary Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and Literary Consultant for the Sunday Times Oxford University Literary Festival. In 2010 he won the Bookseller Industry Award for Literary Agent of the Year.  He was one of the big hits of the 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature with his How to Get Published Workshops quick sell-outs.

About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.

The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events.  With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.

The 2013 Festival takes place 5-9 March 2013 in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage. The five day LitFest is staged at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

The LitFest also hosts a regular series of literary events during the winter months (October-April) at its home – Dar Al Adaab (House of Literature) in Al Fahidi Historic Area under the banner The Dar Al Adaab Open Door Series.

For all information and updates about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature visit the website:

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