Spotlight Profiles showcases Spotlight First Novel Award 2022 winner Shylashri Shankar with her murder mystery, Blood Caste
Spotlight First Novel Award highlights writers at a key stage and offers transitional support. Now in its eleventh year, the success rate continues to rise. A growing number of previous winners are now published, including Philip Bowne, Kate Swindlehurst and Zoe Gilbert, with another writer waiting in the wings.
Profiles are designed to bridge the transition from completing a first novel to preparing for publication. This is an opportunity to consider image, pitch and presentation within a professional context. This is a preparatory stage devised to build confidence and offer some key insight into how the publishing industry operates.
What makes a winning entry?
Shylashri’s novel updates the murder mystery and casts fresh light on familiar territory. The key elements of successful fiction are here – an evocative title, an intriguing premise and a striking first page.
Blood Caste is definitely a novel to watch out for!
Spotlight First Novel Award celebrates its twelfth anniversary next year. For your chance to win go to Spotlight First Novel Award.