Sophie HaydockCongratulations to Sophie Haydock, 2018 winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers!

Sophie said:  ‘I’m very grateful that the judges saw potential in my novel, The Flames, which tells the story of the four exceptional women who fuelled the dazzling success of the artist Egon Schiele in Vienna 100 years ago. I’m also really pleased to be among other brilliant writers who have won this prize in the past, and to be at this exciting point in my writing career.’

Sophie Haydock is a freelance journalist and associate director of the Word Factory @SophieHaydock

Her entry was chosen by poet, author and University of Exeter lecturer Anthony Wilson, author Lisa Dickenson and Impress Books editor Rosie Stewart, from the shortlist of 12 listed below.

The panel said: ‘Sophie’s writing is vivid and evocative, bringing to life the stories of the women who shaped Egon Schiele’s life. ‘