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Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

Author(s): Gabby Rivera

Location(s): The Bronx, Portland

Genre(s): Young Adult

Era(s): Contemporary

Hi, my name is Juliet Palante. I’ve been reading your book Raging Flower: Empowering Your Pussy by Empowering Your Mind. No lie, I started reading it so that I could make people uncomfortable on the subway.

But I’m writing to you now because this book of yours, this magical labia manifesto, has become my bible.

Juliet’s head is spinning with questions.

Will her beautiful, chaotic Puerto Rican family still love her when they find out she’s gay? Will an internship with her favourite author help her understand what kind of feminist she wants to be? And why won’t her girlfriend return her calls?!

In a summer full of queer dance parties, a fling with a motorcycling librarian and intense explorations of sexuality and identity, Juliet’s about to learn what it means to really come out – to the world, to her family, to herself.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021