Retreat West

Retreat West was founded by novelist and short story writer, Amanda Saint, in 2012. So far some of the people that have worked with us include Man-Booker Prize shortlisted author, Alison Moore; multi-award-winning short story writer, Vanessa Gebbie; Polari Prize winning-novelist and founder of the London Short Story Festival, Paul McVeigh; and the head of the Faber Academy’s fiction programme, novelist and poet, Richard Skinner.
We’ve also worked with top literary agents for the First Chapter competitions, including Jo Unwin in association with Rogers, Coleridge & Wright; Susan Armstrong, at Conville & Walsh; Jenny Savill, at Andrew Nurnberg Associates; Laura Williams at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop; Diana Beaumont at Marjacq; and Sarah Hornsley at The Bent Agency.
In 2017 what we do was expanded and Retreat West Books independent press was launched. We’re publishing anthologies of the winning stories in the annual Retreat West Competitions, as well as commissioning short story collections, novels and memoirs from emerging authors and having open submissions for various charity anthologies. See all the titles we’ve published so far, and the ones we have coming soon, here.

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