Fiction prize: Gransnet and HQ Writing Competition

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Win a publishing deal with HQ for a novel featuring a woman aged over 40 by a woman writer over 40

 

Win a publishing deal with HQ for a novel featuring a woman aged over 40 by an unpublished woman writer over 40

Gransnet has teamed up with Harper Collins imprint HQ for a fiction writing competition for women writers in the UK aged over 40. The competition, which responds to a Gransnet survey revealing that more than half of respondents think there are not enought books with middle-aged or older characters, is looking for unpublished novel-length fiction featuring a leading character aged over 40.

The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Harper HQ for publication in ebook. Five shortlisted entrants will be offered a submission critique by an HQ editor.

To enter, writers must not previously have had a book published. Submit the first 20,000 words of a completed novel of at least 85,000 words, and a one-page synopsis.

Entry is free. Writers may submit only one entry.

The closing date is 30 September.

For full details see the website.

 

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