I'm not sure how I missed this, and I wonder if any of you have seen the details about The Persephone Prize and will be entering...
To celebrate ﬁfteen years of publishing, Persephone Books invites submissions for 2–3,000 word essays on one of our authors or one of our novels, on a group of linked books (eg. mothers and children, the Second World War), on a theme (eg. domesticity) or on a focus (eg. the canon, neglected women writers).The closing date for entries is 31 October 2014. All submissions should be sent to Persephone Books, 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB or email@example.com.The winner will receive £1,000 and the runner-up twenty-ﬁve Persephone books. Every entrant will receive a book token for three Persephone books as soon as their essay (which must conform to the rules outlined below) has been submitted.
If time allows I am hoping to have a go. It is a while since I wrote a proper referenced essay but I have plenty of ideas for topics and the book token for three books seems like a very generous entry incentive.
Meanwhile I am busy doing the pre-reading for my Persephone lunch talk on Wednesday October 15th on the subject of mothers and children in Persephone books. For those who will be there, and might want to be up to speed on the titles I will be talking about (and I would love it if some of the audience are...it will make it nicely interesting if we can discuss a little) thus far I think it will include as follows...
The Squire ~ Enid Bagnold
Saplings ~ Noel Streatfeild
Doreen ~ Barbara Noble
Princes of the Land ~ Joanna Cannan
The Home Maker ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Have you seen the new edition of The Home Maker...
..and with a new Afterword by Elaine Showalter, much more about it soon.
I know quite a few of you will be at the lunch so if anyone wants to gather somewhere nearby afterwards (suggestions of venues welcome) for tea and a catch-up natter that would be lovely...let's do it.