Want to write? Want to write for ELLE?

We declare our annual ELLE Talent competition open. And this year the prize is bigger than ever

Welcome to ELLE talent 2012. If you're an aspiring writer, this is the competition for you. We're looking for talented new voices to write for us so read on to find out how you can enter. ELLE is all about seeking out and nurturing all that is new and exciting so what are you waiting for?

This year, it's more than just a competition. In conjunction with the Faber Academy we are running a writing course right here on ELLEuk.com with weekly writing tutorials to develop your skills and ideas.

You’ll also be able to learn more about previous winners, and share tips from authors and members of the judging panel.

To enter this year's competition and make the most of what you’ve learnt, send us 900 words using the following sentence as your starting point: 'Let me tell you about my first love...'. Deadline for entries is midnight on 14 September 2012.

As well as seeing their entry published in ELLE, the winner will be offered a place on the groundbreaking Faber Academy six-month online novel-writing course, worth £2,800.

The course offers:

  • One-to-one Skype tutorials
  • 24-hour chat
  • Intensive peer review
  • Exclusive video content featuring Faber and Faber editors
All finalists will also be awarded a mentor from the ELLE panel for advice on writing.


Once you’ve written your entry click below to send it to us. And don’t forget to come back every week for writing inspiration.

Apply here

Good luck!


Welcome to the ELLE Talent/Faber Academy writing course

Every Wednesday, Richard Skinner, novelist, poet and Director of the Faber Academy Fiction Programme will present a writing tutorial.

Fiction Writing: The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel (Hale Expert Guides), by Richard Skinner is out now

richardskinner.weebly.com www.faberacademy.co.uk

Follow Richard on Twitter @RichardNSkinner



















The Panel

Lorraine Candy
Editor in chief, ELLE
Alice Wignall
features director, ELLE
Elanor Dymott
author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace (Jonathan Cape)
Hannah Griffiths
publishing director and head of paperbacks, Faber and Faber
Alex Heminsley
ELLE books editor and author



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