Third winner of the prize will be published by Century
The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House (PRH) have announced Georgia Fancett as the winner of their First Novel competition. Fancett receives a £20,000 advance, publication of her winning novel The Fifth Girl in PRH imprint Century, and representation by literary agent Luigi Bonomi of LBA Books.
There were more than 2,500 entries, judged by Sandra Parsons (Daily Mail), Selina Walker (Century/Arrow), Luigi Bonomi, author and TV presenter Fern Britton, and author Simon Kernick.
Walker said: "This is the third year of our partnership with the Daily Mail to find a bestselling new author, and our previous winner Amy Lloyd and last year's Lizzy Barber have proved what a brilliant opportunity it is for new writers to get published. This year our shortlisted entries ranged from historical fiction to psychological suspense, from romantic comedy, to police procedural, and although our decision as to the winner was unanimous, we as judges felt we'd had lots to choose from, and that the standard of the entries was high."
The four runners up were:
In Plain Sight by Rebecca Williams
The Faceless Descent by Isabella Harcourt
How To Marry Your Husband by Jacqueline Rohen
The Sins by Jez Pinfold
Photo of Georgia Fancett by Natasha Pszenicki