Richard and Judy Book Club Search for a Bestseller
Deadline August 14 (must be received by this date), formerly June 14. Neutral free contest for a novel-in-progress awards a publishing contract with Welbeck Publishing that includes 10,000 pounds advance on royalties. Open to residents of the UK or Ireland aged 18+ who have no previously published novels (self-published does not count). Submit a manuscript of 70,000-100,000 words with a 1,000-word synopsis. Contest appears to be geared toward mainstream genre novels (crime/thriller, historical, romance, "women's fiction"). They are explicitly not looking for science fiction, fantasy, children's and teenage fiction. The Richard and Judy Book Club is the biggest book club in Great Britain. It is affiliated with bookstore chain WHSmith. Entries may not have been previously submitted to any publishing company, literary agency or previous iterations of this contest, nor can the author have self-published any work based on or containing the excerpt submitted to this contest. Entrants must not be represented by an agent.
Published: July 24, 2020