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Seasiders' Write Debut Novel Award
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about seasiders' write

Seasiders` Write launched in 2006 with the support and financial backing of Arts Council England. It was initially designed as a community writing programme. Due to its success the Arts Council funded it`s further development with a major input of second round support.

Seasiders` Write now offers much more than tutoring and we are really pleased to announce the launch of the Seasiders` Write Debut Novel Award. It`s open to all writers who haven`t yet published a full-length novel and are un-agented. Go to The Competition page for full details.

First Prize: £1500 and publication of your novel.

Seasiders` Write is committed to:

  1. Encouraging writers everywhere to develop their skills.

  2. Bringing writers together to share experiences for mutual benefit.

  3. Creating opportunities for writers from all backgrounds.

  4. Providing access to the resources necessary to succeed.

In the coming weeks you can look forward to our new website providing you with increased access to a whole range of resources which will help you to develop your writing.





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RC Bridgestock

RC Bridgestock, Writers of Crime Fiction. RC Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic edge to their stories. They were voted WHS Readers #8 Best Crime Authors of All Time.


Former Head of CID Bob Bridgestock is now an international best-selling author, along with his wife Carol who also worked for WYP as a civilian employee.

The writing duo created the character DI Jack Dylan, a detective from Harrowfield; presently there are nine books in the Dylan series and 2020 saw the launch of a new series starring a feisty, Yorkshire female Detective Inspector, Charley Mann.

The couple are the storyline consultants/police procedural on BAFTA winning BBC1 police drama Happy Valley, as well as other police dramas. Presently Carol & Bob are working on a Nicholas Blake book adaptation with scriptwriter Gaby Chiappe.The Beast Must Die is presently on Netflix as one of their original dramas. 


In order to pursue their own TV projects, Bob and Carol have started a brand new TV consultancy company based in West Yorkshire, primarily specialising in crime. Walking The Line was founded by the duo and Sarah Jarvis. The agency is a launchpad for new, undiscovered talent, and fresh ideas.

Helen Lewis, co-founder and co-director of Hashtag Press Ltd alongside award-winning author Abiola Bello.

Helen has 20+ years experience of working in journalism, PR, marketing, media and publishing. She runs the prize-winning book publicity agency Literally PR and enjoys coming up with creative ways of connecting authors and books with their readers. When she's not working, reading, cooking and/or looking after her daughters, Helen enjoys socialising with friends and family, going to gigs, theatre shows, driving around in her campervan, Peaky Blinders, and long walks by the sea. She lives in the sticks in Kent.  

About Hashtag Press

The idea of a book publishing house promoting new voices came about in April 2016. Our first book was published in 2017. Fast forward and Hashtag Press is an award winning indie publishing house and has published bestselling, award-winning books. Created by award-winning book PR Helen Lewis and award-winning children's/ young adults author Abiola Bello (co-founders of The Author School) building on decades of combined experience in publishing, PR, writing, research, media and journalism. 

We publish everything from commercial children's, middle-grade, YA, adult fiction and inspiring non-fiction books. We are passionate about books with strong female characters, diversity and inclusion and when we read your book, we want to fall in love with the characters, laugh or cry (or both!). Please note that we only publish 6-8 books a year. 

Hashtag Press was awarded Publisher of the Year from The People's Book Prize on July 23rd 2020.

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Gina Panettieri

Gina Panettieri, Founder/literary agent with Talcott Notch Literary.

Great books are my happy place. I work with the best crew anywhere! Being an agent is really all I can imagine doing. Books, and the amazing people who write them, have been the focus of my life for more than two decades. I remember packing to move my house and needing a separate small truck just for all the books, and I had given away countless volumes to the libraries for fundraisers already! But so many of them were treasured friends I couldn’t bear to part with, no matter the effort required to maintain the relationship. And this specific role I play, being given the chance to find and nurture new books, to work with some of the most creative and talented writers, scientists and psychologists, cooks and criminologists, experts from every field of study, makes what I do feel so different from work that my inbox feels like Santa’s magical Christmas bag. It’s always full, always overflowing, but brimming with the potential of something spectacular. All I’ve got to do is pull the little ribbon…

Founded in 2002, Talcott Notch Literary is a five-member, full-service literary agency representing the freshest voices in both adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction. With an impressive list of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and #1 Amazon bestsellers as well as a vast array of award-winning fiction and nonfiction, our agents proudly represent the newest rising stars and acclaimed established authors.

Heather Fitt, Editor, Overview Media

As an editor it is my job to be the link between you and your readers. It is up to me to guide you in the right direction to ensure your book is of the highest standard for your readers, but without losing your authorial voice.

I have a natural eye for detail, which makes me the ideal editor or proof-reader for your latest masterpiece. I will carefully go through your manuscript and work hard to smooth out any rough edges; this means your readers have the best experience possible. Growing up I loved The Famous Five and Secret Seven books, moving on to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. I suppose you could say I’ve always been into mystery/crime books and that is still the kind of book I love. Add to that a passion for dark, disturbing psychological thrillers and you begin to understand the kinds of books I read.

I started working for Bloodhound Books in a freelance capacity in 2017, reading some of their submissions. I realised, with a little help, that I was naturally editing the manuscripts at a high level. Fast-forward a year or so and I decided to re-train with Society of Editors and Proof-readers as an editor and proof-reader and set up my own freelance business. And so, Overview Media was created!

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