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Chloe is shortlisted for the 2023 Manchester Writing Prize

Chloe Philp, 3rd year student of BA Creative Writing, has been shortlisted for the 2023 Manchester Writing Competition. This is the UK’s biggest award for unpublished writing, set up in 2008 and awarding more than £220,000 in prize money to writers since its launch.

Chloe also writes for theatre and her plays have been directed at the Stroud Theatre Festival and Roses Theatre, while her prose writing has been read at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Chloë is currently writing her debut novel and loves all fiction with diverse, speculative themes at its core.

Chloe said: “Studying Creative Writing at UoG has been a wonderful way to begin building the blocks of my writing career. I have particularly loved working with my lecturers whose own interests in creativity differ from and parallel my own. Being able to have debates with different people from all walks of life has fascinated me, helped my writing mature, and helped me discover the themes and theses I want to explore within my creative work.

“I have also been lucky enough to receive a summer internship with the publisher Pan Macmillan which has helped me look into careers surrounding Creative Writing. On this internship I learned about the vast roles within the book publishing industry, how publishers work with bookshops and readers to find and sell books that people want to read, and even a few writing tips to impress agents and editors.

“I’m excited and hopeful for my future after UoG where I hope to continue with my work as a bookseller and begin my own publishing journey for my novels and dramatic writing.”