UK’s Lit Idol applies format to books.

UK’s Lit Idol applies format to books.
At the London Book Fair, organizers have created Lit Idol, a Pop Idol-like competition. They “asked unpublished writers to submit 10,000 words from the beginning of their novels,” and 1,400 people entered. The five finalists, narrowed by hundreds of online votes, read their work in front of a live audience and answered questions, vying for “a reading at the book fair and representation by the literary agency Curtis Brown.” Canadian Paul Cavanagh won for his work “Northwest Passage.” His new agent compared him to Jonathan Franzen, while another judge said he was like Michael Chabon. His book is only half-written, although his agent expects to get at least six figures for it.

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