Sarah Waters has today been announced as a judge for the Baileys Prize First Chapter Competition, in association with Grazia magazine.
The competition launches in this week's edition of Grazia, on sale from Tuesday 8 April, when full details of how to enter will be released.
The winner will be invited to join Grazia editor-in-chief Jane Bruton at the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony on 4 June, where they’ll be presented with their prize of £1,000 in front of some of the world’s best novelists, agents, publishers and editors.
Two runners-up will have their story published on graziadaily.co.uk. All three winners will receive the six shortlisted books for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.
Virago is delighted to reveal the cover for Sarah Waters' new novel, The Paying Guests, which will be published on 28 August.
Publisher Lennie Goodings said: ‘Our Creative Director Duncan Spilling has given Sarah Waters' covers a distinctive look, inspired by the typography of the eras in which she sets her books. With The Paying Guests taking place in the 1920s, we wanted a cover which reflects the film posters and iconography of the period, and which hints at the tension and surprises contained within the novel. We love it, and we're sure her many fans will too.’
Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @viragobooks. You can read more about The Paying Guests here.
Sarah Waters recently selected her most memorable reads of 2013 for the book website www.themillions.com, in which she chose classic novels by Elizabeth Taylor and Rebecca West among others.
You can read her full selection here.