Pulp Idol 2019 Rules

The closing date for the competition is Midnight, Sunday 14th April, 2019.

  • This competition is only open to all writers living and working in the Greater Liverpool Region, this includes the five metropolitan boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral, and the city of Liverpool. If in doubt, please check your postcode and contact the organisers. 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  • The competition is open to unpublished writers who are working on a fiction novel.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 organisers).
  • Entrants must submit a copy of their first chapter via email or by uploading it onto the form provided on the website, along with a brief synopsis (50 words maximum) and a brief biog (50 words maximum).
  • Previous entrants of Pulp Idol who did not reach the final are welcome to enter.
  • Entrants will be able to book onto heats via Doodle.
  • 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 those writers they wish to put through to the final
  • The final of the competition will be held during Writing on the Wall’ annual festival, WoWFEST, which will be held throughout May 2019 – the final date is to be confirmed
  • By entering the competition all finalists consent to their first chapter being printed and published, along with their email in a book of ‘Firsts’ by Writing on the Wall, in hard and electronic formats including, but not restricted to, 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 final.
  • All prizes are at the discretion of the judges.
  • Any queries can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.