Enter Richard and Judy’s novel-writing competition

Tal y Bont cairn cr Judy DarleyYou must, I’m sure, be aware of the Richard & Judy Book Group, which has transformed the fortunes of any published writer who’s novel is chosen as a favourite.

Now the influential pair have their sights set on unpublished novelists, with their Search for a Bestseller Competition.

The closing date for entries is 1st January 2015, but if you already have the first 10,000 words written, I recommend you enter. All you need to do is submit the first 10,000 to 12,000 words of your novel, along with an outline of the rest of the novel (not more than 1,000 words), and up to 500 words about yourself.

The prize is pretty spectacular. In collaboration with Quercus (Stieg Larsson’s publishers), WHSmith, and leading literary agency Furniss Lawton, Richard and Judy will present the winning writer with a £50,000 publishing deal.

Not a bad start to any writers’ career!

There are masses of terms and conditions, so make sure you read them before you submit your work, but the key ones are that you must not have had a novel published previously, or have an agent already.

Find full details and submit your work here. Good luck!

Tal y Bont cr Judy Darley

Salt invites novel submissions from unrepresented authors

Salt Publishing booksIndependent literary publishers Salt is actively seeking new authors, and have issued guidelines to help you get your novel submission right. Refreshingly, you’re welcome to send your work direct, rather than via a literary agent.

How to submit your novel to Salt

Please note, they only wish to receive fiction submissions that meet the following criteria.

All works must be in English, and must be aimed at a British market. They prefer works of less than 80,000 words, and are not currently accepting submissions of short stories, poetry or memoirs.

Please send an email to submissions@saltpublishing.com initially with:

  • an 80-word biographical note
  • an exciting 250-word sales pitch to us about your book
  • six bullet points (of no more than 15 words each) that provide highly-specific and compelling reasons why British booksellers would wish to sell your novel

Novels types that Salt are currently interested in

  • NORFOLK GOTHIC –dark fiction set explicitly in the English county of Norfolk. That is, works which centrally feature Norfolk settings and landscapes and which deal with the sinister side of human nature, containing elements of threat, menace, fear and death.
  • LITERARY FICTION – accessible, original, serious and compelling literary novels – though not experimental fiction.
  • CRIME FICTION – sophisticated and original literary crime fiction; dark, fast-paced thrillers (especially those which feature both UK and continental European settings); traditional mainstream detective fiction and procedurals.
  • FANTASY FICTION – adult fantasy novels – science fiction, fantasy and horror, with an emphasis on the literary. These may include stark, post-apocalyptic settings; futureworlds; supernatural thrillers; paranormal adventure; monster fiction (especially with a profoundly literary and original take on species and identity); police states; new urban decadence, fin-de-siècle excess and political and social disorder.