As Hull’s award-winning author, Val Wood has sold an estimated two million novels worldwide and continues to engage her fan base with the annual release of romantic and historical novels, set in the Nineteenth Century and based on fictional characters who live in Hull and the surrounding region.
Of the competition she says:
“Judging this year has been very hard as we have received entries from lots of talented, as yet, unknown writers from not just Hull, but all over the world. In the end, with the help of library staff and City of Culture volunteers, I was able to shortlist some excellent entries but of course there could only be one winner.”
“Vanessa Farmery’s contribution took the top prize of £200 which was kindly donated by Beverley Building Society for her story, The Emigrants’ Waiting Room, an emotive tale which adhered to the theme of Freedom in Hull perfectly and was beautifully written.”
Jessica Leathley, Senior Librarian, who has supported the competition for the last four years says:
“Hull Libraries are always delighted to support the Val Wood Prize. This year’s theme of Freedom in Hull has challenged the creative talent of writers to present a Hull themed story in 2017 words. The competition attracted a wealth of entries from writers, highlighting the quality and depth of local talent. Entries were received from USA, Nigeria, Iran and The Netherlands bringing a truly international flavour to the Prize. I would like to congratulate all entrants on the quality of their stories and thank Val for inspiring such a diverse range of writing.”
The winner of the competition was Vanessa Farmery. The runner up was Andrew Carrick, who was awarded £50 and two commendations of £25 were awarded to Kevin Crowe and Judy Upton. The prizes were kindly donated by Beverley Building Society and The James Reckitt Library Trust.