The prize is a publishing contract with Faber & Faber, including a non-returnable advance of £5,000 for world rights in the book. The judges of the prize will decide on a short list of a minimum of three and a maximum of six submissions. These writers will be interviewed before the final choice is made. Here are the basic rules:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
a) The prize is strictly only open to authors who have not had a novel published before.
b) The decision of the judges on the eligibility of a book is final and binding.
c) Entrants must live in the UK.
d) All applicants must be over 18. Proof of age may be required.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT?
a) Each entrant should submit the first 6,000 words of a crime novel or thriller, an outline (no more than 300 words) to show how the story will unfold but that doesn’t reveal the ending and a 250 word biography of their central character.
They should include their name, contact details and date of birth
b) The submission must be original and in English
c) Writers may enter only one submission
d) Please ensure that a copy of the submission is made before posting because no entries will be returned
e) No email entries accepted
f) Please submit work double-spaced on A4 paper, single-sided with page numbers
g) Please include name/title on running header/footer
h) Submissions must be received by 12 July 2012. Please post submissions to Stylist Magazine Crime Fiction Competition, Shortlist Media, 26-34 Emerald Street, London, WC1N 3QA
i) The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if there is no submission of sufficient merit
j) Each entrant confirms that their entry will not infringe any law or regulation or third party right, including (but not limited to) the law of copyright or trademarks.
k) Stylist/Faber reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control.
j) Faber shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
k) The Competition will be governed by English law.
l) Other conditions may apply
I like contests that don't charge an entry fee, so if you have already been working on a crime novel or have an idea for one that you can develop, this could be worth it. By the way, don't ask me why the stipulation that it has to have a female protagonist, it's not like there's a shortage.
You'll find the complete information here: http://www.stylist.co.uk/books/get-published/crime-fiction-competition
Yes, American (and other) readers, I'm on the lookout for valid contests elsewhere, too.
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