Land Rover, Soho House and GQ are to team up to launch their first short story competition in a hunt for exciting new literary talent. The collaboration, a continuation of Land Rover's long standing support of the Hay Literary Festival and launched to celebrate the success of the Range Rover Evoque, is the first of its kind and will give the winning writer the opportunity to be published in GQ magazine as well as a year of representation by a renowned literary agent.
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern' commented, 'Discovering new creative talent is something that always excites me and I was therefore really keen to be a part of this project.'
Stories can be sent in any time or location but must be based on an urban theme in line with the new Range Rover Evoque which is inspired by the architecture of cities all over the globe. All entries will be read by a panel of exclusive judges including Times critic and chief of Soho House Literary Salon, Damien Barr; GQ editor, Dylan Jones; Design Director of Land Rover, Gerry McGovern and literary agent, Diane Banks of Diane Banks Associates.
Ten shortlisted stories will be published in a special reading supplement with the June issue of House magazine and the winning entry will be published in the August issue of GQ. The winning writer will also attend this year's Hay Literary Festival as a guest of Land Rover and will be represented for 12 months by literary agent Diane Banks.
'I'm delighted to be working with Soho House, Land Rover and GQ to find new literary talent,' said literary agent, Diane Banks. 'I'm excited about the possibilities which this new competition offers and am looking forward to working with the winner over the following 12 months to develop their writing career.'
Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as a double-spaced Word document to arrive no later than January 31st 2012. The competition is not open to writers who have already been published professionally or those who've already signed a publishing deal.