Announcing the 2018 Life Writing Prize Mentors


Spread The Word are delighted to announce that Cathy Rentzenbrink and Miranda Doyle will be mentoring two highly commended writers as part of this year’s Life Writing Prize.

As well as the main winner, two highly commended writers will receive £500, development meetings with agent Robert Caskie and an Unbound editor, and writing mentoring sessions.

This year’s mentors bring with them expertise, experience, and passion for the craft.

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache. Cathy regularly chairs literary events, judges prizes, reviews books and speaks and writes about literacy, literature and everything in between. She has previously worked at Waterstones, Quick Reads and The Bookseller and has seen the book industry from multiple angles. Happiest when talking to strangers about books, Cathy thinks that most lives would be enriched by more reading and writing.


Miranda Doyle‘s family come from the tiny island of Coney in Sligo Bay. She grew up in Edinburgh alongside three brothers and a suspicious number of ill-fated pets. With an MA from Goldsmiths in Creative and Life Writing she teaches Memoir and Life Writing at the Faber Academy, has lectured on Autobiography for the Philosophy and European Literature degree at Anglia Ruskin University and continues to teach creative writing. Her debut book, a memoir titled A Book of Untruths, written with the support of an award from Arts Council England, explores the lies we tell ourselves.

Want to know more?

More information including the rules, the judges’ top life writing picks, what the judges are looking for, FAQs and how to enter can be found here

The deadline to enter the Life Writing Prize is 5pm on 9 February 2018.