31 May 2012 by

And The Winner For The Grazia and Orange First Chapter Competition 2012 Is…

And The Winner For The Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 Is…

Last night, London’s Royal Festival Hall was awash with celebration and cheer as the winner of the coveted Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 was announced.

Champagne flowed as the roomful of authors, publishers, journalists and agents toasted first-time novelist, Madeline Miller, whose book ‘The Song of Achilles’ was crowned winner of the prestigious literary prize, now in it’s 17th and final year (for Orange anyway, a new sponsor is yet to be decided). American Madeline took to the stage, collecting a £30,000 cheque and bronze statuette known as ‘the Bessie.’ Her novel is, set during the Trojan War, was described by Chair of Judges Joanna Trollope as, ‘original, passionate and uplifting.’

And The Winner For The Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 Is…

As Latin teacher Madeline was applauded by crowds, she said, ‘I’m overwhelmed and so, so grateful.’

Co –founded by author Kate Mosse (Labyrinth, The Winter Ghosts) the annual Orange Prize for Fiction celebrates ‘excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing’ from female authors around the world. Multi-award winner Cynthia Ozick was favourite to win, but Joanna described Madeline as, ‘more than worthy.’

But Madeline wasn’t the only star last night. The crowd also praised the winner of Grazia Orange First Chapter Competition, Jennifer Cullen. Jennifer beat off a thousand other hopefuls who entered our amazing competition, which asked Grazia readers to write the first chapter of a novel, with the opening paragraph written by best-selling author of Sister, Rosamund Lupton. Orange kindly brought Jennifer and her sister over from Ireland to attend this glittering Orange Prize for Fiction ceremony. Grazia’s very own Jane Bruton took the to the stage to announce Jennifer’s triumph, calling her chapter to The Journey, ‘bold, innovative and original.’ In it, a woman returns to her hometown after a long stint away, where much has changed for her. Jennifer received a cheque for £1,000 and you can see it published in Grazia on 12 June. Who knows where her writing will be next year?

Grazia Orange First Chapter Competition Results

Winner: Jennifer Cullen

Runners up: Alexandra Jones and Luan Goldie

Shortlisted entries (in no particular order): Anna Hargreaves, Kirstin Zhang, Lydia Newhouse, Marianne Brown, Emma Elliott, Sarah Gleaves, Alexandra Clarke, Natalie Sutton, Sheena Bradley, Anna Katharina Schaffner and Elizabeth Barrett


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Vanessa Matthews (Thu May 31 11:31:16 BST 2012): Will a short list be announced?
Carol Christie Sadan (Thu May 31 15:23:22 BST 2012): Congratulations to Madeline Miller and Jennifer Cullen! Can't wait to read your chapter in next week's Grazia Jennifer, it sounds intriguing.
Natalie Sutton (Thu Jun 14 18:52:39 BST 2012): Yey I was shortlisted!
Natalie Sutton (Thu Jun 14 18:53:34 BST 2012): as Natalie Sutton, my other name!
Susan Allott (Thu Jun 14 20:51:50 BST 2012): Natalie that's fantastic, congratulations! I'd love to read it if you wouldn't mind sharing it. I thought about entering too. xx
Donna Louise Skingsley (Thu Jun 14 20:53:59 BST 2012): Amazing! congratulations, i would love to read it too! x x
Ann Smith (Thu Jun 14 21:43:33 BST 2012): Whoa Natalie can I have a signed first edition!!!
Kieran Conway (Fri Jun 15 03:44:24 BST 2012): Great news Natax! Who knew! You little star!
Mo Plummer (Fri Jun 15 18:06:16 BST 2012): Well done Natalie. Will you mention me when you are on all the chat shows? Actually the dedication at the front of the book would be really cool. You could mention your Mum in the next book.
Mo Plummer (Fri Jun 15 18:06:48 BST 2012): Shit, it's not autobiographical is it?
Natalie Sutton (Fri Jun 15 19:28:45 BST 2012): Ha ha thanks guys, don't forget to read the winning entries xxxxx! Winner: Jennifer Cullen. Runners up: Alexandra Jones and Luan Goldie.
Nikki Presley (Fri Jun 15 20:18:49 BST 2012): Nat, where can we read yours? Congratulations!!! X
Beverley Cullen (Fri Jun 22 07:38:00 BST 2012): Congratulations Jen! We are all so proud of you xx.
Gail Lowe (Fri Jun 22 08:06:53 BST 2012): Jen - Looking forward to reading your first book. Don't waste that exceptional talent.
Jessica Orrill (Thu Jul 05 14:45:05 BST 2012): I'd love to read the finalists but missed the hard copy of Grazia - are they online etc anywhere? Thanks Jess