A P Watt links with social networking site

<p>Literary agency A P Watt has linked up with social networking site Circalit for a competition to find a new crime novelist.<br /><br />Unpublished writers can upload the first 30 pages of their crime novel to Circalit&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.circalit.com/">website</a>. Entry is free, although those wishing to enter must create an account on the Circalit site. The deadline for entries is in six weeks.<br /><br />The site will rank the uploaded stories based on Circalit&rsquo;s chart algorithm, which takes into account reviews and votes as well as the amount of time members of the public spend reading each story, and whether the reader is a veteran member or a newcomer to the site.<br /><br />Agents from A P Watt will attempt to read as many of the stories as possible, taking the peer review process into account. At least one author will win a meeting with the agency, though, Circalit expects &quot;the quality of entries to be high enough to justify more meetings&quot;.</p><p>Raoul Tawadey, founder of Circalit, said: &quot;There is a wealth of literary talent across the globe, only a fraction of which gets the recognition it deserves. Crowd-sourcing is a great way for the publishing industry to find literature that already has a proven readership. We hope this competition will give talented new writers the opportunity to get their work noticed and demonstrate the power of the internet to create a global talent pool.&quot;<br /><br />Circalit was launched in February 2010 as a social networking site where screenwriters could showcase their work to film studios. It now also hosts work by poets, novelists and playwrights, allowing them to discuss and critique each other&#39;s work as well as form contacts with publishers and agents.<br /> </p>