We are on the look out for an original manuscript that has a broad appeal, with strong, believable characters set in any genre that has real market potential. A work of fiction that is both engaging and credible with characters that takes the reader on an adventure or leads us through the narrative deftly.
Friday 28th February 2014 is the deadline for the Novel Competition. Writers must submit the first three chapters of their manuscript, or a prologue and the first two chapters, along with a one page synopsis and a short author biography. The winner will be supported in completing their novel.
- £500 prize money;
- Work alongside an Editor to help bring the manuscript up to a publishable standard;
- Online correspondence;
- Book cover design.
We appreciate that work in progress may alter but even an unfinished manuscript will give the judge an idea of your writing style, how the characters develop, plus the feel and tone of the story.
The fee is £20 per entry and you can enter as many times as you like along with the correct entry fee for each submission.
• To pay and submit online
• To pay by cheque/postal order and submit online
• To pay online and send novel extracts by post
• To send extracts and payment by post
• To pay online and send extracts via e-mail
• To send extracts via e-mail and payment by post
This competition would suit work that is partially completed, a manuscript that has been extensively written and re-written or one that has been sitting stewing nicely in a drawer and is ready for a final polish. Of course, those who want to write a new manuscript will have plenty of time to complete it before the deadline!
The manuscript must not have been published in any form anywhere else and must be entirely the writer's own work. If the manuscript has been submitted to agents or publishers it is important that you let us know.
There is no word count for this competition and entries can be paid for, as well as sent, online.
Alternatively, you can send your submission to us by mail. All postal entries should be sent to Chapter One Promotions, Babel Studios, 82 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS, England. Please include your contact details on a separate sheet along with the novel title(s).
The winner will be announced on our website on Thursday 31 July 2014.
Please read the competition rules for additional guidelines for entering.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us or alternatively you can call us direct on 0845 456 5364.
We look forward to receiving your work.