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Kate Dobinson: Non-Fiction Competition Winner

  In the Spring we opened our Non-Fiction Competition, asking for writers to Inspire Us. Today, we’re delighted to announce the winner.   We were looking for a book written with wisdom and heart, something we couldn’t help but talk about and share – and we found exactly that in Kate Dobinson’s Ergo: I Row Read More

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Harrogate Crime Festival and the Dead Good Awards

  If you thought getting a bunch of crime writers together would be dark and sinister, make sure you attend Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate one year and see how wrong you are.   On Friday we headed up to join eight MM Agency authors (C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt, C. J. Tudor, Read More

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Madeleine Milburn judges the Caledonian Award

Caledonia Novel Award 2018

  To all unpublished writers!   The brilliant Caledonia Novel Award is now accepting entries for its 2018 competition. Based in Scotland, but with an international outlook, the award is open to all unpublished or self-published works from around the world, and has an excellent reputation for discovering writers who go on to sign deals Read More

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The Art of Non-Fiction

With the launch of our brand-new non-fiction writing competition ‘Inspire Us’, Literary Agent Anna Hogarty talks about the five elements she’s looking for in a stand-out voice.   1: Teach me something about the world The best non-fiction enables the reader to see the world in new ways. WILD SWANS opened me up to the Read More

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Holly Bourne to judge BBC Young Writers Award 2017 & AM I NORMAL YET? wins Southern Schools Book Award

  We’re thrilled to share the news that Holly Bourne will be judging the BBC Young Writers Award 2017 alongside Nikesh Shukla and Alice Levine.   The award is open to all young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK. All you have to do is create a story of up to Read More

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The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

C J Daugherty’s THE SECRET FIRE nominated for the Amazing Book Awards

  We are excited to announce that the first book in the Alchemist Chronicles, The Secret Fire by C J Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, has been long listed for the Amazing Book Awards.   Sussex coast students will now vote for the long listed books they would most like to read. On 1st February the top 5 books Read More

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Make Us Scared: Competition Winner Announced

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of the Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition: Make Us Scared, selected by Fiona Barton, C.L. Taylor and Madeleine Milburn, is Richard Lakin with GARAGE FLOWERS.   GARAGE FLOWERS is a psychological thriller which started as a short story short-listed for the Bridport Prize in 2014. It begins with the Read More

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Make Us Scared: Competition Shortlist

Today we are officially announcing the shortlist for our Summer Writing Competition: Make Us Scared.   We received hundreds of entries in a range of genres and have spent the last week reading through them all to find our top five. It was a tough decision but we finally settled on the following five for Read More

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Make Us Scared

To celebrate the launch of our Summer Writing Competition, we choose our top five books on the same theme: Make Us Scared. We cannot wait to find a brand new author we can add to our lists. Madeleine: The Likeness by Tana French The Woods by Harlan Coben The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne Read More

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Lara Williamson wins Sheffield Book Award

We are absolutely over the moon to announce that the phenomenal Lara Williamson has won the the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for A BOY CALLED HOPE . Lara won the overall prize for best book! The awards were launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read and to highlight the best literature published each year. Read More

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Literary Agent Madeleine Milburn Chooses Winners for BritCrime Competition

Following a competition with BritCrime, Madeleine Milburn has chosen the winning pitches that were tweeted to her during the festival. The winners win a personal critique of their covering letter, first three chapters and synopsis. Here are the winning three pitches: @JoyKluver 3 bed rural cottage needs tlc, great views, large garden with mature shrubs, pond Read More

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Win a personal critique with Madeleine Milburn as part of BritCrime

11th – 13th July If you’re a debut crime writer and you’d like the chance to receive a personal critique from agent Madeleine Milburn, tweet @agentmilburn a one-line pitch or a tantalising question about your unpublished crime novel between the 11-13 July. Make sure you include the hashtag #BritCrime. Milburn will pick the top three Read More

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Novelicious: Want a Literary Agent to Critique Your Query Letter?

On Tuesday 3 February Madeleine will be critiquing cover letters for Novelicious’s Agent Pitch Critique! From 9am you will have 24 hours to post your query letters in the comments of a dedicated post on Novelicious. Throughout the event, literary agent Madeleine Milburn will critique each one, offering ideas and advice on how to hone Read More

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Fingers Crossed for Mel Sherratt tonight!

The winner of the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award to be announced tonight! Mel Sherratt, alongside four other popular crime writers, was shortlisted for the renowned award – the winner will receive the award at the CWA Dagger in the Library Award  ceremony in central London this evening. Unlike most other literary prizes, The Dagger Read More

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Holly Bourne, Rupert Wallis, Lara Williamson and Dave Lowe shortlisted for Children’s Book Awards!

We are delighted to announce that four of our wonderfully talented children’s fiction authors have been nominated for prestigious book awards. Leeds Book Awards A BOY CALLED HOPE by Lara Williamson has been shortlisted for the 9-11 category, THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis for the 11-14 category and THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE Read More

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Mel Sherratt is shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library Award

Mel Sherratt has been nominated for the prestigious Dagger in the Library crime writing award, after crime lovers everywhere voted online for their favourite authors. The five author shortlist was then compiled by a panel of judges including previous winner Steve Mosby. Unlike most literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded for an Read More

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Mother of the Year published ahead of Mother’s Day

Congratulations to Karen Ross on the publication of Mother of the Year (Random House / Ebury Publishing). Mother of the Year is an engaging comedy about a mother and daughter’s minefield relationship with real depth and heart. Karen wanted to explore this relationship for very personal reasons: “My own mother died young.  So growing up, Read More

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20 days ’til Christmas: The Literary Agency Advent Calendar

In the run up to Christmas, the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency will be posting an entry from one of our authors each day, offering anything from writing tips and their inspiration, to Christmas memories and their wishes for the year to come. KAREN ROSS So this time last year, my chance of getting a book deal Read More

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Highly Commended at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

Congratulations to Dave Lowe who has been highly commended at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards for his children’s book MY HAMSTER IS A GENIUS, in the shorter and longer novels category.  Dave Lowe is the author of the Stinky and Jinks series published by Templar.  The latest in the series, MY HAMSTER’S GOT TALENT, will Read More

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Writing Competitions 2014 judged by UK Literary Agent

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is judging two major writing competitions next year – these competitions are great opportunities for writers to get recognition from the book trade and the general public. The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is the first competition that Madeleine Milburn will be judging in May 2014. Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge has a Read More

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The Belinda Jones Travel Book Club short story competition

Bestselling author Belinda Jones is giving three brand-new unsigned writers a fabulous opportunity to be published this summer alongside an array of bestselling authors.  The popular women’s fiction anthology called SUNLOUNGER will be published in July 2013, and will include each winning story.  Readers will be transported to San Tropez, Tuscany, Key West, Antigua, the Australian Outback and beyond! Not only will your story be Read More

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Dave Lowe shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award

Children’s author, Dave Lowe, has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award with his début fiction for kids, MY HAMSTER IS A GENIUS.  This is the first in a series of hilarious hamster books published by Templar in the UK. Details of the complete shortlist can be found here ‘The Sheffield Children’s Book Award began in Read More

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Holly Bourne shortlisted

Usborne is publishing Holly Bourne’s YA début, SOULMATES, in September 2013. Publicity has already started with her first author Q&A, published on the ‘Reading Away the Days’ blog as a Valentine’s Day special.  SOULMATES is an epic, electrifying and extraordinary début about falling in love and the science behind love.  Holly set out to write ‘a romance which really gets Read More

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Congatulations to the ‘Racy Reads’ winner, picked by Victoria Fox!

Victoria Fox has made another fabulous appearance on ITV’s Lorraine show, announcing the winner of the Mills & Boon ‘Racy Reads’ competition with Bill Roache and Jackie Collins herself. Watch the coverage here:  Racy Reads – the winner announced Anouska Knight won the competition with CAKE.  Her work will now be published by Mills & Boon AND she’ll be Read More

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