Text Box:  Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition Rules

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General Rules

 Entries must be in English.

 Entries must be the work of the entrant and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

 Entries may have appeared online in private (password protected) peer review sites, but should not have been published in any commercial online form including blogs or personal websites.

 The competition is international and welcomes non-UK entrants.

 Copyright remains with the author.

 The decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

 The closing date for entries is midnight (UK time) on the 31st October. Winners will be notified by email within six weeks of each closing date.

 The results of the competition will be published on the competition website.

 Chapters must not exceed 3,000 words and must be accompanied by a ONE PAGE synopsis of the balance of the story.

 Manuscripts must not show the name or address of the entrant, but must include the title.

 Entries should be submitted as an email attachment as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), OpenDocument Text (.odt), Rich Text File (.rtf), or PDF (.pdf).

 In the body of the email please ensure that you include the title of your novel, your name and contact email address, if different to that used to submit the entry.

 Entries will not be accepted without prior payment.

 No corrections will be accepted or refunds given.

 Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.

Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition Entry Page