Clare Gough has won this year's £1,000 The North Literary Agency Prize, which also comes with an offer of agency representation, for her novel A Good Submissive and Silent Christian Wife.
The prize is for creative writing students at the University of Glasgow and is now in its second year. Six students in total were shortlisted this year including Maud Woolf for The Thirteen Suicides of Lulabelle Rock, Gavin Baird for Thin Places, Niamh Gordon for Ordinary Miracles, Eva Weworski for Joyless Eye, and Kris Haddow for When the Curlew Cries No More.
Mark Stanton, literary agent and c.e.o of the North Literary Agency Prize, said: "The quality of submissions this year was impressive, demonstrating an extraordinary range of imaginative power and literary skill amongst the current students. The agents at the North Literary Agency were blown away by the six shortlisted works. Ultimately, we awarded the prize to Clare Gough’s novel, A Good Submissive and Silent Christian Wife, for its lyrical power and astonishing portrait of coercion and control."
Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke, senior lecturer in creative writing by distance learning added: "Our partnership with the North Literary Agency continues to signal the talent of our cohorts and the success of our creative writing programmes. Stan’s expertise and knowledge brings a level of prestige to this award that offers all the shortlistees a huge confidence boost, and a significant opportunity for the winner to develop their writing career. We are thrilled to be partnering with them again and look forward to more successes in the future."
Gough is a Metis Canadian freelance journalist based in Scotland. She currently works as a news writer for National Geographic magazine. She said she was "incredibly grateful and honoured" to receive the prize.
"As writers, we spend so much time inside our heads, so receiving outward validation of my work has been an enormous boost to my confidence and has made me even more excited to continue with my fiction," she said.