Pulp Idol 2022-2023 Rules  

The closing date for the competition is Friday 19th August 2022 at midnight.  


This competition is only open to writers living and working in the Liverpool City Region. Writers submitting from outside of these areas will be excluded from the competition.  

The competition is open to unpublished writers who are working on a fiction novel.  

Writers must not have been published by a recognised or registered publisher. They may be self-published, in hard copy or on the internet (if in doubt, please contact the organisers).  

Entrants must submit a copy of their first chapter by uploading it onto the application form provided on the website, along with a brief synopsis (50 words) and a brief biography (50 words). (Please email jenny@writingonthewall.org.uk if you need assistance).  

Previous entrants of Pulp Idol who did not reach the final are welcome to enter.  

At the heat, each writer will read for three minutes from the beginning of their first chapter followed by answering three questions from the judging panel.  

The judges will select the writers they wish to put through to the final.  

All finalists must be available to attend the live final in person in September 2022. 

All published finalists must be available to attend the launch of Pulp Idol – Firsts which will be held at a date to be agreed with and confirmed with WoW and the writers. 

By entering the competition, all finalists consent to their first chapter being printed and published, along with their contact email, in a book of ‘Firsts’ by Writing on the Wall, in hard-copy and electronic formats including, but not restricted to, Amazon Kindle.  

All finalists are expected to take part in any publicity or events, when available, relating to Pulp Idol.  

Writing on the Wall reserves the right to withdraw any entries from the competition or from the publication at any stage, should the organisers see fit to do so.  

Any entrants excluded from entering or taking part in the competition will have a right of appeal to the Trustees of Writing on the Wall, on all decisions agreed by the organisers. This does not apply to decisions made by the competition judges in the heats or the final.  

All prizes are at the discretion of the judges.  


Any queries can be emailed to jenny@writingonthewall.org.uk