Crime writing competition: Daily Mail First Novel Competition

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31 March 2017
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luigi-40891.jpg Luigi Bonomi
Win a £20,000 book deal with Penguin Random House for the first 5,000 words of an original, unpublished crime or thriller novel

 

Win a £20,000 book deal with Penguin Random House for the first 5,000 words of an original, unpublished crime or thriller novel

Last year, the winner and most of the best entries in the first Daily Mail First Novel Competition were in the crime and thriller genre, so this year entries are invited in that genre only.

The competition is for first time novelists who have never published or self published a novel. To enter, send 5,000 words and a 600-word synopsis. Entrants should be able to complete their novel by November if they win.

The judges are crime writer Simon Kernick, literary agent Luigi Bonomi (pictured), who will represent the winner, Penguin Random House editor Selina Walker and Daily Mail literary editor Sandra Parsons.

Last year's winner was Amy Lloyd. Her debut novel, Red River, will be published at the beginning of 2018.

Entry is free. The closing date to enter the Daily Mail First Novel Competition is 5 May.

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