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Competition Update

Thank you to everyone who entered the Crime & Thriller 2012 competition.  I am currently reviewing the entries so you should all hear from me between now and the first week of September, if you haven’t already.  There is a huge amount of talent in the 912 entries that we received, so there are a lot of decisions to make.  Thank you for your patience.

With my best wishes

Madeleine Milburn


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Have you written a crime, thriller or psychological suspense novel?

Competition: The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is launching a new Crime, Thriller and Psychological Suspense side to the Agency, and is looking to represent new talented crime writers.  The Agency will offer representation to writers they find exceptional, and in depth editorial feedback to runners up. 

 To Enter: Please submit the following material in one email to:


  •  The first 8,000 words of your original crime, thriller or mystery novel
  • An introductory letter
  • A one-page synopsis
  • A 250-word biography of your central character

There must only be one submission per person and all the material must be attached to one email.  Please put the title in the subject line together with the word ‘Competition’.

 Closing date: Entries will be judged as and when they come in but must be made by 30th July 2012 on an exclusive basis.  That means your novel cannot be on submission to any other agency or publisher until the results are released in August.

 The Prize: Offer of representation by the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency on the new Crime & Thriller List.  In depth editorial feedback for runners up.

Madeleine Milburn says: “I am so excited about launching a crime and thriller side to the Agency, which I am looking to fill with exceptional new writers. I love authors such as Harlan Coben, S.J. Watson and Lee Child.  I am looking for an incredible voice that makes you stop whatever you are doing, together with an extremely strong central character, and a plot full of unexpected twists and turns that keeps you up all night.”

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Welcome to the Agency

Since the Madeleine Milburn Representation Competition, the Agency has taken on a new client.  Welcome Nuala Casey to the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency!

Nuala is currently in her final year of an MA in Creative Writing at York St John University and she lives in York with her husband and five year old son.  Nuala submitted the first three opening chapters of her London based novel, Soho, 4am, to the Agency, and an hour later we had requested the complete manuscript and read it in one go.

All the action in the novel takes place in Soho over the course of twenty-four hours. It is set against the background of two real events. The first is the announcement in Trafalgar Square of London’s successful bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games. The second is the terrorist bombing on the Underground when, overnight, the mood of the city changes from one of euphoria to one of horror.

I can’t give any further information about the story as we are currently preparing the manuscript for submission to UK publishers.

After graduating from Durham in 2001, Nuala moved to London where she worked in the busy, eccentric office of the Chelsea Arts Club by day and sang in various nightspots around London by night. The experiences she had while living there, and the characters she met, formed the basis of what would go on to become Soho, 4am.

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Competition Results

I am delighted to announce the first winner of the Madeleine Milburn ‘Competition for Representation’.

Jean Burnett from Bristol is now part of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.  She won our representation with her chapters from WHO NEEDS MR DARCY? Or The Further Adventures of Lydia Bennet, which is a subversive but affectionate  spoof of one of Jane Austen’s minor characters in Pride and Prejudice.

Lydia Bennet Wickham, Lizzie’s silly little sister, is now a more sophisticated nineteen. Her disappointing husband has conveniently died at Waterloo and the world lies before her. She is penniless but ambitious, hungry for glamour and high society. What does she do?

Lydia’s chief ambitions are to find a wealthy protector (even a husband), to dance at Almack’s Assembly in London and eventually to live in Paris. She would also like her hero, Lord Byron, to cross her path, but that may be an ambition too far. With the assistance of her wily maid Adelaide and her equally impecunious friends, Selena and Miles, she ricochets around the continent as well as Brighton, Bath, London and Pemberley, having various adventures which usually end in disaster…

Jean Burnett grew up in North West London and Hertfordshire. She studied at Exeter University and Cardiff, University of Wales. She lived for several years in the USA and briefly, in Mexico.  After working at a variety of jobs from advertising copywriter to shop assistant she now lives in Bristol and writes full time. After her children grew up she sold her house and backpacked around the world for a year following in the footsteps of 19th century women travellers. She self-published a book about her adventures, Vagabond Shoes.

Having always been a huge fan of Jane Austen, I just loved reading about what could have happened to Lydia Bennett.  I found Jean’s voice utterly charming, and I believe this book will be a huge success for all Jane Austen fans and indeed all readers of women’s fiction.

I am still having final reads on the other entries I received before I announce the second winner, so I really appreciate your patience.  I received just over nine hundred entries and the standard was excellent, so please do continue to submit in the future with revised manuscripts of new material if you are not successful this time.

With my very best wishes

Madeleine Milburn

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Tomorrow is the final day you can submit to the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency’s ‘Competition for Representation’.  Due to postal delay, I will consider all material I receive up until Friday 16th March.  This will allow you to actually post your submission on the 14th March if you haven’t already.  You will know whether you are successful within two weeks from the closing date of the competition.

Thank you to all those who have entered already – there is heaps of talent here.

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