Novel Competition Rules

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 eight 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 synopsis (750 word max).
  • Manuscripts must not show the name or address of the entrant, but must include the title.
  • Entries should be submitted via the entry form as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), OpenDocument Text (.odt), Rich Text File (.rtf), or PDF (.pdf).
  • Entries will not be accepted without payment.
  • No corrections will be accepted or refunds given.
  • Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.