WIN a £1,000 book deal

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Want to see your book in print, and net a tasty advance too? We're giving one lucky WM reader the chance to win just that in this exclusive competition. 


The winning author will see their book published in 2017 by our friends at The Book Guild, and get £1,000 cash, courtesy of the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust.

The Book Guild will provide a copyedit, cover design, full text design, and layout, one set of proofs, for author to check, ISBN allocation, bookshop sales representation, marketing to the trade and media and distribution to the book trade for one year. 

How To Enter

To enter, you must have a novel manuscript of 60,000-100,000 words finished and ready to go.

We need to see:

- The first chapter

- A one-line elevator pitch or tagline

- A 500 word synopsis of the entire story

- A brief account of your publishing and writing experience to date

- A 500 word plan of any promotional opportunities and how you see your book fitting into the marketplace

Competition Closing Date

This competition is open for entries until 12:00 31 January 2017. Entries submitted after this date cannot be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility
Entry is open to any writer and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. There is no limit to number of entries. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

2. Entry Fees
Fee for each entry is £5

3. Manuscripts
Manuscripts can be uploaded in pdf, doc, docx and txt formats.

4. Competition Judging
Competition judges will be appointed by Writing Magazine and their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.

5. Notification
Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Writing Magazine who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months.