Thursday, 17 May 2018

£20,000 Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition.



The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition



Welcome to The Daily Mail Penguin Random House first novel competition. Before sending in your entry please read all the rules below as any entries that do not comply with all the conditions will be discounted. In particular, please be aware of the closing date of 17.30 GMT on Friday 13 July 2018, and that no manuscripts will be returned so keep a copy of your entry, which should be no longer than a 3,000 word opening and a 600 word synopsis of the remainder of the book. You should also include a short three-paragraph cover letter stating who you are and the main idea behind your book.
Entry is free but you must not have had a book published before, whether that is in print, e-book or self-published.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. By entering this competition, entrants agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.
2. This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland, except for the employees (and their families) of the Penguin Random House Group (Publisher), Associated Newspapers Limited, and any other company connected with the competition.
3. The closing date for the competition is 17:30 GMT on FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018.
4. To enter, entrants must submit an entry consisting of the opening of their first novel of up to a maximum of 3,000 words in the English language and a synopsis of the work in the English language of no more than 600 words. All entries to be typed and printed on A4 paper with double spacing in font size 12 point, Times New Roman.
5. Entries are to be posted to Daily Mail First Novel Competition, c/o Penguin Random House Group, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA. Entries should NOT be submitted to The Daily Mail offices, and will not be accepted if hand-delivered.
6. All entries must include the entrant’s full name and contact details (including their home and email address) and confirmation they have agreed to the full terms and conditions.
7. Entrants may submit more than one entry to the competition, but each entry must be original material, and must not have been submitted in the previous years’ competition.
8. All entries must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction, open to all adult genres, except for saga, fantasy and science fiction.
9. Entrants must not have previously written a novel published under a valid ISBN. This includes novels that have been self-published or are only available as eBooks.
10. Entrants must not be currently represented by or working with a literary agent.
11. Entries that are received after the closing date will not be considered. Neither the Promoter nor the Publisher are responsible for illegible, incomplete, delayed or lost entries. Proof of postage is not proof of receipt. Emailed entries will not be accepted.
12. The Promoter and the Publisher regret that entries cannot be returned, nor will the Promoter, Publisher, Agent (as referred to in clause 19 below) or the competition judges enter into correspondence or give feedback on individual entries. Entrants are advised to send a copy and retain the original work and synopsis. 13. All valid entries will be forwarded to a judging panel. The judges will choose one winner, one highly commended entry and 3 runners-up who shall be notified by post by 21 SEPTEMBER 2018. The winner shall be that entry which, in the sole opinion of the judges, is the best.
14. The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
15. All unsuccessful entries will be disposed of.
16. There will be two prizes. The winner’s prize is an advance as set out below and an offer of publication by the Publisher in respect of the novel to which their entry relates. The winning entry will also be represented by literary agent, Luigi Bonomi, of LBA books Ltd. There will also be a Highly Commended prize, the recipient of which may be offered representation by the literary agency, LBA. The Highly Commended entry and the runners-up shall each receive five (5) books of their choice which are published in the UK by the Publisher.
17. Notwithstanding anything else set forth in these terms and conditions if, in the sole opinion of the Publisher, none of the entries (including that of the winner) are of a sufficiently high standard to merit the winner’s prize, such prize shall not be awarded but shall instead be substituted with ten (10) books of the winner’s choice which are published in the UK by the Publisher.
18. All entrants must be in a position to deliver their complete manuscript no later than MARCH 2019 should they win.
19. Publication is subject to the winner entering into a contract with Century, an imprint of the Publisher. This will afford an exclusive licence to the Publisher, permitting the editing, adapting, publishing and licencing of all or part of the novel in all editions, formats (including print and electronic), in all languages and territories globally and setting out all applicable financial details including a net advance of £20,000 (the gross figure, before the deduction of the agency commission contemplated below, being £23,000) on completion and acceptance (by Publisher) of the complete manuscript and providing the Publisher with an option over a second book. Should entrants not want to grant these rights they should not submit materials. In the event an agreement cannot be reached, as regards the contract, within 30 days of the discussions commencing, the winner shall instead be awarded the substitute prize.
20. Publication is also subject to the winner entering into a contract with the literary agent, LBA Books (Agent) who will negotiate the winner’s contract with the Publisher on the winner’s behalf. This contract will include standard agency commission of 15% to be applied to all royalties and earnings through this publishing contract. In the event an agreement cannot be reached, as regards this contract, within 30 days of these discussions commencing, the winner shall instead be awarded the substitute prize.
21. The prize is otherwise non-transferable and no cash alternative or other substitute is available.
22. Notwithstanding anything set forth above, the Publisher reserves the right to choose the most appropriate format for the novel on publication. The Publisher will seek to publish the winning work within twelve months of acceptance of the manuscript.
23. By entering this competition each entrant confirms that: (i) his/her entry is their wholly-owned creation and makes no use of any third party materials or intellectual property rights; (ii) no deliberate attempt has been made to base any fictional characters in the novel upon any individual, living or dead; and (iii) the submitted materials contain nothing that is illegal, obscene or of a defamatory nature. Entrants will keep the Promoter and the Publisher harmless from any claims that the entry infringes the personal or proprietary right of any other person.
24. Events may occur that render the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter or the Publisher, and the Publisher may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prize with or without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
25. The winning and the Highly Commended entrants agrees to the Promoter’s and Publisher’s use of their name, country of residence and photograph in relation to related publicity material and activities.
26. The Promoter or the Publisher may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms or whose actions, in the Promoter’s or the Publisher’s determination, are fraudulent, dishonest, criminal or unjust to other entrants.
27. The Publisher will use the personal details of entrants only for the purposes of administering the competition. Entrants consent to the use of their personal data for this purpose. Personal details will not be kept on file by the Promoter.
28. These terms are governed by the laws of England.
29. Promoter: Associated Newspapers Ltd of Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT. The Promotion is jointly administered by Promoter and The Random House Group Limited (“Publisher”) of 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA. The Publisher is responsible for all elements of the prize. Any prize queries should be addressed to the Publisher at the address above.

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£20,000 Kindle Storyteller 2018 Writing Competition.




Kindle Storyteller Writing Competition - Official Rules


Please read these Official Rules before entering the Kindle Storyteller 2018 writing competition (the “Competition”). By submitting an entry, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decision of Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. (“Sponsor”, “we”, “our” or “us”) and the judges, and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.

ELIGIBILITY


Open to individuals who are the older of 18 years of age or the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. The Competition and these Official Rules are void in Mexico, Brazil, Tasmania, Quebec and where prohibited by law, and are subject to applicable laws. Entrants may not be a national or legal permanent resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria or Region of Crimea. Entrants may not be members of any guild, union or other organization that may prohibit them from participating in this Competition and that would restrict, require due payment or otherwise have the right to oppose such entrant’s participation in this Competition.
Not open to employees or independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Sponsor, any entity involved in any aspect of the Competition (including funding, judging or administration), and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors, or advertising/promotion agencies.

HOW TO ENTER

Competition entry period begins at 00:00:01 (BST) on 1st May 2018 until 23:59:59 (BST) on 31st August 2018 (the “Entry Period”). To enter, during the Entry Period you must go to the Kindle Direct Publishing (“KDP”) sign-in-page (you may select the language for your region in the upper right corner of the page) and follow the instructions to upload and publish to KDP an original, previously unpublished, English-language book authored by you (the “Book” or the “Entry”), and include the exact phrase “storytelleruk2018” (without quotation marks) in the “keywords” metadata field in order for us to identify your Entry.
Entry into the Competition also requires that you have an Amazon account and a completed KDP account (to do so, visit the KDP sign-in page at https://kdp.amazon.com and following the instructions; and you have accepted the KDP Terms of Service and the Terms and Conditions for KDP Select Program.
All Entries must be received by 23:59:59 (BST) on 31st August 2018. There is no limit to the number of submissions that each Entrant can submit per account. Entrants assume all risk of lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or unintelligible Entries.
Sponsor’s (or its contractor’s) servers and clock shall be deemed the official clock for all phases of the Competition, and entrant’s proof of a submission does not constitute proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for (i) lost, misdirected, late, incomplete, or unintelligible Entries or for inaccurate entry information, whether caused by entrant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of Entries; or (ii) any printing, production, human or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition.
Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify at any time any Entry containing obscene, offensive, pornographic or sexually explicit material, or libelous, disparaging, infringing or other inappropriate content or subject matter (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion).

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

• Each entrant must follow and meet the following requirements when submitting an Entry:
• Entrant must be the legitimate author of the Book. The Book may have up to a maximum of two co-authors, provided the two co-authors enter the Contest together in a single Entry.
• The Book content must comply with the content policy and guidelines found in the Amazon.com Content Guidelines at www.amazon.com/contentguidelines and in the KDP Content Guidelines, and meet other reasonable community standards.
• The Book must not currently or previously have been the subject of a publishing agreement or option with any publisher or have been previously published in any format (including KDP) or in any other language.
• Entrant must enroll the digital version of the Book in KDP Select throughout the Competition, making it exclusively available through Amazon from the date of submission of the Entry until the announcement of the Finalists (as defined below), and if selected as a Finalist, until the Grand Prize winner is announced .
• Entrant must make the Book available for sale in both digital and print versions through KDP or Createspace. Entries that are submitted in one format only will not meet these conditions of entry.
• Each Book must be no less than 24 pages when in print format.
Entrant must be able and willing to (i) enter into an exclusive publishing agreement with Sponsor or any of its affiliates (collectively “Amazon”) on Amazon Publishing’s standard terms for publication of a translated edition of your Book in at least one language other than English, as determined by Amazon in its sole discretion, and (ii) negotiate in good faith with Amazon to enter into an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement for your Book in all other languages, and must not be under any existing obligation that would inhibit or prevent entrant from entering such publishing agreements.
Each entrant, by accepting these Official Rules and by entering this Competition, represents and warrants that he/she is the legitimate author of the Book entered; he/she owns all right, title and interest in and to the content of the Book, including all patent, copyright, trademark, service mark, mask work, moral right, trade secret or other intellectual property or proprietary right, and such content is not defamatory, libelous, obscene, or otherwise illegal; and he/she has received the written consent of any person (or parent or legal guardian if such person is a minor) who appears or is identifiable in any Entry. If an entrant appears or is identifiable in his/her Entry, such entrant consents, by virtue of submitting his/her Entry to the Competition, to Sponsor’s use of the entrant’s name, likeness, photograph or image, whether in writing, audio, and/or video, for any purpose, in any media, without compensation or additional consideration to entrant. Failure to obtain or provide such consent will disqualify the Entry. Sponsor may at any time during the Competition request proof of such consent and disqualify any Entry for which such consent cannot be provided. Sponsor may disqualify any entrant whose Entry Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, at any time does not to comply with any requirement described in these Official Rules or the foregoing representations and warranties. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, the Prize Providers, any person or any entity involved in any aspect of the Competition (including funding, judging or administration), and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors, contractors, and advertising/promotion agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”), for any action or claim brought by a person whose consent entrant did not obtain.
Personal Information submitted by entrants may be processed for purposes of administering the Competition, conducting publicity about the Competition and such additional purposes consistent with the Competition goals. All information submitted in connection with this Competition will be treated in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy notice, located at www.amazon.co.uk/privacy. Sponsor will share your information with third parties that have a need to know, such as the judging panel and third parties Sponsor retains to assist in administering the Competition.

JUDGING

First Round. Each Book will be rated based on commercial viability (including, without limitation, with regards to the Book’s sales, borrows and customer feedback), as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and a minimum of five finalists (each a “Finalist”) will be selected. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the tied Entries being rated based on originality of Book content, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor will not contact you if you are not selected as a Finalist. Each Finalist will be notified by phone or e-mail on or about 7th September 2018.
Each Finalist will have two (2) days from the date of Sponsor’s notice to respond to Sponsor and confirm acceptance of the Finalist Prize (as defined below). If a Finalist (or any substitute Finalist) is disqualified, ineligible, cannot be reached, or fails to claim the Finalist Prize within two (2) days of Sponsor’s notice, that winner (or substitute winner) will forfeit the Finalist Prize and it will be awarded to the entrant who submitted the next highest rated Entry, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If, having attempted to contact a Finalist and the substitute winner for such Finalist, Sponsor is unable to award a Finalist Prize, Sponsor reserves the right to consider such Finalist Prize unclaimed.
Final Round. From on or about 14th September 2018 each Finalist’s Book will be rated by a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor using the following criteria (i) originality of Book content; (ii) creativity of Book content; and (iii) quality of writing (collectively, the “Judging Criteria”).
One Grand Prize winning Book will be selected based on the Judging Criteria. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the tied Books being rated based solely on originality of Book content, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Grand Prize winning Book will be announced by Sponsor during the first week of October 2018.
All decisions of Sponsor are final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into. Non winners will not be notified. The name of the Finalists and Grand Prize winner and their county of residence will be provided on receipt of a written request sent to KDPStorytellercompetitionUK@amazon.co.uk within 30 days of the award of the applicable prize.

PRIZES

Each Finalist will receive a Kindle Oasis E-reader with Charging Cover, 6'' High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi (each a “Finalist Prize”).
One Grand Prize winner will receive the following Grand Prize package (collectively, the “Grand Prize”):
£20,000 cash or check award to be direct deposited or electronically wired to the Grand Prize winner’s account;
A book launch merchandising package on Amazon.co.uk for the launch of the Grand Prize winning Book, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion;
A publishing agreement with Amazon Publishing granting Amazon the exclusive worldwide publication rights in all formats for a translated edition of the Grand Prize winning Book in at least one language other than English (and at Amazon’s option, in all other languages), as determined by Amazon in its sole discretion (the “Publishing Agreement”);
The opportunity to participate in a mentoring session with a KDP author selected by Amazon in its sole discretion.
Each Finalist and Grand Prize winner will be responsible for paying all costs and expenses related to the applicable prize(s) that are not specifically mentioned, including, but not limited to, taxes, and any other expenses that might reasonably be incurred by the winner in receiving or using the prize. Each winner may be required to submit to Sponsor such tax filing information required by Sponsor in order to claim the prize. All prizes awarded will be inclusive of any taxes Sponsor is required by law to withhold as well as applicable sales, use, gross receipts, goods and service, or similar transaction based taxes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion at the time such prizes are awarded. All other taxes, costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize not specified in these Official Rules as being provided are the sole responsibility of the winners. IF TAXES ARE APPLICABLE TO THE PRIZES, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER TO PAY TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. PAYMENTS TO COMPETITION WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THE WINNER SUBMIT TO SPONSOR ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY SPONSOR TO PERMIT COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL, LOCAL AND FOREIGN (INCLUDING PROVINCIAL) TAX REPORTING AND WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENTS. Competition winners are responsible for ensuring that the tax documentation submitted to Sponsor complies with all applicable tax laws and requirements. If a winner fails to provide the documentation or submits incomplete documentation, the prize may be forfeited and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select an alternate winner.
Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize (or portion thereof) for an item of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Limit one prize per person.
In the event the Book selected for a Grand Prize winner package has two co-authors, only one Grand Prize winner package will be provided. It will be shared equally between the two co-authors.

GRANT OF RIGHTS

By submitting your Book in this Competition, if you are selected as a Finalist you grant to Amazon:
(a) the exclusive first worldwide publication rights to your Book in all formats and in at least one language other than English as determined by Amazon in its sole discretion; and
(b) the exclusive first worldwide publication rights in all formats of your Book, in all other languages, for a period of 30 days after you receive the notification from Sponsor that you are a Finalist. During that 30-day period, you agree to negotiate in good faith the terms and conditions of a publishing agreement with Amazon. If you and Amazon have not reached agreement after 30 days, you will not have any further obligation to Sponsor or its affiliates under this clause (b).
If you are not selected as a Finalist, Amazon's exclusive first publication rights to your Book terminate when you are eliminated from the Competition. If you are not selected as a Finalist and Amazon notifies you before you are eliminated for the Competition that it wishes to publish your Book, you agree to negotiate the terms and conditions of a publishing agreement exclusively with Amazon for a period of 30 days after you receive notification from Amazon. If you and Amazon have not reached agreement after 30 days, you may offer the Book to other publishers on the condition that before you enter into an agreement with another publisher, you will afford Amazon the last right to publish your Book on the same terms and conditions offered by any other publisher, plus an advance against royalties 10% greater than the other offer. Amazon must communicate its decision to you within five business days after you have provided written notice of the other publisher's terms and conditions. If Amazon declines or fails to act within that period, you will not have any further obligation to Amazon, and you may publish the Book with another publisher.
Entries, along with the entrant’s name may be posted on any Web site owned and/or operated by Sponsor or any of its affiliates (“Sponsor Site”), Sponsor’s pages on social media web sites, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and any other Web site or other online point of presence on any platform, through which any products or services available on or through the Sponsor Site are described, syndicated, offered, merchandised or advertised, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor’s decision to post an Entry or any portion of an Entry on any Sponsor Site does not mean that the selected Entry has been selected as a winning Entry.
By submitting an Entry, you grant Amazon and agents permission to use, without charge, portions of your Entry, along with your name and stated reason for writing the submitted Book (if provided) for any purpose in connection with this Competition . You also grant Sponsor the right to edit the formatting and display of your Entry, and to create literary or any other types of effects in respect to your Book without compensation or approval. In addition, to the extent that any moral rights (for example, the right to attribution and the right to integrity) apply, you waive (and to the extent that these rights may not be waived, agree irrevocably not to assert) your moral rights in your Entry for purposes of this Competition, including, without limitation, our use of excerpts from your Book in connection with this Competition.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Each Finalist and the Grand Prize winner will be required to sign and return an Eligibility Affidavit; Liability and Publicity Release or other such form as requested by Sponsor. Prior to awarding a prize, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, require the potential Finalists and Grand Prize winner to sign the Publishing Agreement and such additional documents Sponsor decides are necessary to confirm eligibility, to obtain a liability/publicity release, and to award any prize. Failure to return any required document by the date requested by Sponsor will deem the winner as ineligible to receive the prize. If any documentation is not returned by the specified dates or if a potential winner is deemed ineligible prior to the prize being awarded, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award the prize to the next entrant receiving the highest score.

ADDITIONAL TERMS

Within the limits imposed by law, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change these Official Rules or cancel the Competition at any time, or to modify, terminate, or suspend the Competition should viruses, worms, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of the Competition or submission of Entries, or in the event Sponsor does not receive a minimum of 500 qualified Entries from separate eligible entrants. Sponsor is not responsible for any human or other error that may occur in the processing of the Entries, nor is it responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries, or for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any entry information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site. Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to any entrant’s or any other computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Competition. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process, the outcome of the Competition, or the operation of the Competition or Web site; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE COMPETITION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR AND ITS AFFILIATES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND/OR OTHER RELIEF FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
MISCELLANEOUS


By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prizes is permitted except by Sponsor due to prize availability and then with prizes of equal or greater value. Competition is governed by the laws of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg without reference to the Official Rules governing choice of laws. As a condition of entering in this Competition, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Competition, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the district of Luxembourg City with respect to any claim, action or proceeding arising out of this Agreement and waives all objections to jurisdiction and venue of such courts. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with entering), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. Entrants agree that the decisions of Sponsor and the judges related to the Competition are final. By entering in the Competition, entrants consent to the use of their names, biographical information, Entries, images and/or likenesses in any manner and in any medium for any purpose in connection with the Competition, including worldwide, without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

SPONSOR

Amazon Media EU S.à r.l., 5 Rue Plaetis, L-2338 Luxembourg.

PRIZE PROVIDERS

Sponsor and Amazon EU S.à r.l., each at 5 Rue Plaetis, L-2338 Luxembourg.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY


Neither Sponsor nor the Prize Provider(s) will be responsible or liable for: (i) any failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or other conditions beyond their reasonable control; (ii) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (iii) any disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond their reasonable control; or (iv) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition.

GENERAL RELEASE

By entering the Competition Entrants you release the Released Parties from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Competition or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, except as prohibited by law.

COPYRIGHT

The Competition and all accompanying materials are copyright protected by Amazon.com, Inc. and its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize





Drue Heinz Literature Prize 
Winners of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2019

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The winner will be announced in December or January. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.

Eligibility
1.

The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.

2.

The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.

3.

University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.
4.

Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.

5.

Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.

6.

Stories or novellas previously published in magazines or journals or in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.
7.

Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere and you wish to accept this offer, please notify the Press immediately. Manuscripts under contract elsewhere are no longer eligible for the Prize.
8.

Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript.


Dates for Submission
Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2018. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.



Format for Electronic Submissions
1.

During the submission period (May 1 - June 30) simply click the link below. You'll be taken to our secure submittable.com web page where you'll find easy-to-follow instructions:
2.

Manuscripts must be double-spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively.

3.

Each submission must include a list of all of the writer's published short fiction work, with full citations. You will be given an opportunity to enter this information into a field in Submittable.

4.

Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Therefore, the author's name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear within the manuscript. Only your uploaded manuscript is visible to the judges.







Format for Mail-In Submissions
1.

Manuscripts must be double-spaced on quality white paper, unbound, and pages must be numbered consecutively. Clean, legible photocopies on high quality white paper are acceptable.

2.

Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Each manuscript should have two cover pages: one listing the title of the manuscript and the author's name, address, e-mail address (if available), and telephone number; and a second listing only the manuscript title. The author's name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear after the first cover page.
3.

Manuscripts will not be returned. For results, please send a self-addressed stamped postcard.







Send submissions to:
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
7500 Thomas Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



All submissions must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.

Note: 15260 is the correct and exclusive zip code for the University of Pittsburgh and the Press. For UPS, FedEx, etc., zip code 15208 should be used.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please e-mail info@upress.pitt.edu

Richard and Judy search for Unpublished Author. £30,000 Publishing Deal.



The Richard and Judy Book Club – the biggest book club in Britain – is widely relied upon by readers to provide an abundance of writing talent a chance to shine, from debut novelists to highly acclaimed authors. In the time since they first teamed up with WHSmith to launch the book club, reading, reviewing and discovering new authors has remained something that the couple are truly passionate about.

And so, once again, Richard and Judy have launched a lucrative competition to find a first-time author with the potential to become a bestselling writer. ‘Search for a Bestseller’, supported by WHSmith, will be accepting manuscripts from unpublished authors from 19th April 2018 to 14th June 2018. Richard and Judy will then be leading the selection process, helped by editors and agents, to choose a winner who will receive a £30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton.

Richard Madeley commented: “Judy and I are so excited to host the “search for a bestseller” competition, it gives us a chance to keep doing what we both love - reading and discovering a fantastic title for our devoted Book Club audience. We can’t wait to read the submissions!”

To enter Search for a Bestseller, aspiring authors must submit 10,000 words of original fiction aimed at adults, as well as a synopsis of the full novel, via the entry form below. Scroll down for the full terms and conditions, FAQs and to submit your manuscript via our entry form. Good luck!

A Letter from Richard and Judy

If there’s one thing we’ve discovered in picking bestselling titles for our Richard and Judy Book Club, it is just how many fantastic new writers are out there. Since forming the club with WH Smith, we are proud to have launched the careers of a host of exciting debut authors. We were also delighted with the well deserved success of the previous winners of our Search for a Bestseller competition. Both Tracy Rees (author of Amy Snow) and Caz Frear (author of Sweet Little Lies) have enjoyed fantastic sales

So now it could be your turn to see your book in print. Together with publisher Bonnier Zaffre, and WH Smith, we’re on the hunt once again for talented new writers, and when we find one of them we’re going to put them firmly on the road to a £30,000 publishing deal.

Are you our next bestseller? We want to meet you.






A Note from Bonnier Zaffre

What we’re looking for in a bestseller… Ah – the question to which everyone in the publishing business from authors and agents to publishers and booksellers wants the answer! Of course, it’s subjective, of course personal taste, timing, and whatever else is going on in the world outside comes in to it, but for us it’s all about the story. We want to read a book that immediately draws us into the author’s universe, a book that introduces us to a character or a situation that feels fresh and original, a story that convinces us from the beginning that it is being told truthfully and with integrity. And while there will always be exceptions, we think books that can be simply and compellingly described will always have the best chance of finding a large audience. We’re social animals and we love to share news of things or experiences we love, so if we can sum up exactly what it is about a novel we’ve enjoyed in a few sentences and want to tell our friends all about it, that suggests we’ve got a winner on our hands.

And if this sounds a bit abstract, here are some things we love to see in submissions – and some things we’re a bit less keen on…

We love:

1. authors who keep their audience in mind as they write

2. authors who have read widely in the genre they are working in

3. authors who have a clear sense of the narrative arc of their story

4. characters we believe in and like – whether they are good or bad!

We’re less keen on:

1. novels that are largely autobiographical

2. novels with large casts of characters it’s impossible to keep track of

3. novels that open with a long description of a hangover…

But above all – like readers everywhere – we want to read novels that captivate, engage and excite us, novels that take us somewhere else, that keep us turning the pages. So if you think you have got what it takes to be the Richard and Judy Bestseller of 2018 – we can’t wait to hear from you!

How do you enter?

To enter Search for a Bestseller simply fill in your details in the form below and upload your 10,000 word extract (plus a plot synopsis and short author biography within the same document) for consideration. Your entry must be submitted by the 14th June 2018 to be considered. Please read the full terms and conditions and FAQs before entering.






Audio Jam Flash Fiction Award







Flash Fiction


Audiojam was founded in 2017 and has attracted widespread interest from across the globe. We run competitions on a quarterly basis over a wide range of mediums from monologues to short stories, plays, and flash fiction.

We then take up to 3 winning scripts and create a recording, directed and produced for free in a studio using professional actors.

Your recording will then be broadcast across the world via our website and SoundCloud, increasing exposure and creating a lasting keepsake of your treasured work.



TO MAKE YOUR SUBMISSION

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award





The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Now Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. Hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.

The winners are also presented with further opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Entry costs: Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

Aesthetica champions artists across a range of media, with talent development at its core. It presents two further awards: the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Through its three awards, Aesthetica showcases leading practitioners and supports their career through its international reputation and links with the creative industries.

Enter
Prizes
£1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner
£1,000 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
One year print subscription to Granta
Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
A complimentary copy of the Annual
Guidelines
Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines
Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
Works published elsewhere are accepted
You may enter as many times as you wish
Both Poetry and Fiction entries should be written in English
Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2018
For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding our cancellation and refund policy, please click here
Timescale
December 2017 – 31 August 2018: Entries open
September 2018: Judging begins
December 2018: Winners and finalists are announced
December 2018: Publication of winners and finalists in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

Enter

Friday, 4 May 2018

The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction





The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction



15 Years. 15 Weeks. 15 Writers. $1500.

SUBMIT NOW!

Do you have what it takes to write the best flash fiction we’ve ever seen? There’s $1500 on the line–both to celebrate SmokeLong Quarterly‘s 15th anniversary (yay!) and our first-ever flash fiction competition.

From now until May 20, 2018, our general submission queue will be transformed into a contest submission portal. For 15 weeks, we will be accepting only submissions for the inaugural SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (the Smokey, if you will).

The winner will receive $1500, automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions series, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and other awards, publication in our 15th-anniversary Issue in June, and our undying love and devotion. At least 14 runners-up will also be published in the June 2018 contest issue–and each of the finalists will receive $15.


Entry fees:

February 5 – April 29 $10, up to 2 stories

April 30 – May 20 $13, up to 2 stories

Money tight? Watch SmokeLong social media accounts for special days when entry will be free!


Judging:

Entries will be read blind by members of the SmokeLong Quarterly staff.

Finalists will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the contest period. A long list will be announced one week after the competition closes on May 20. The winner of the competition and at least 14 finalists will be announced on June 18, when all of the contest stories will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly’s 15th-anniversary Issue.


Guidelines:

Stories must be original works and not have been previously published anywhere online or in print, including personal blogs.

Word count: Under 1000 words, excluding the title, per story. If you are submitting two stories, they must be submitted in the same document.

Anyone over 18 is eligible to enter, excluding SLQ staff and their families as well as former SLQeditors/staff. Former guest editors are welcome to enter.

All identifying information must be removed from the story and file name. The writer’s bio must appear ONLY in the cover letter, which is blind to the judges. If the author’s name appears anywhere in the story document, including the file name, the story will be disqualified and the submission fee will not be refunded.

You may submit as many times as you’d like during the contest period. All entries must be accompanied by the corresponding fee.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you withdraw the entry immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere. If the entry is one of two stories submitted in the same document, withdraw the individual story by adding a note to the entry in Submittable. The submission fee will not be refunded.

SUBMIT HERE NOW!

Words By Water, Kinsale Literary Festival



Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Short Story Award. Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Alannah Hopkin.

Theme: Open

Prize:

1st Prize is €400 plus publication in the Evening Echo.



How to Enter:

Email your entry to : wordsbywater@gmail.com

Payment of €14 per entry :




Terms and Conditions:

This is an open competition for a short story on any subject matter.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and older.

Competition is open internationally.


1st Prize is €400 publication in the Evening Echo.



Entries must be in English.

Entries must be no more than 2,000 words in length. Longer entries will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected

Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.

The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying e-mail. Please ensure that the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter. The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.



Entries will be accepted between March 1 and July 15, 2018. Entries received after this date will not be considered.



The judge’s decision is final and Kinsale Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition

Entries should be submitted electronically only, by email to wordsbywater@gmail.com. Hard copies are not admissible.



Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony in October, however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own. The shortlist will be sent to all entrants and announced publicly one month before the festival.



While copyright of the short story will remain with the author, Kinsale Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Kinsale Literary Festival. The winning author will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Kinsale Literary Festival



The entry fee of €14 must be paid via our online payment system, using the entrant’s name as the reference.

Poetry Competition 2018


​Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Poetry Awards. Poets are invited to submit poems up to a maximum of 30 lines,

for consideration by judges Matthew Geden (English entries) and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Irish entries).

Theme: Open
There are two competitions, one in English and one in Irish.
Theme: open


Prize:

1st Prize is €200 plus publication in the Evening Echo,



How to Enter:

Email your entry to : wordsbywater@gmail.com

Payment of €8 per entry :







Terms and Conditions.

There is no restriction on subject matter.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and older.

Competition is open internationally.



Entries must be in English or Irish.





1st Prize is €200 plus publication in the Evening Echo.



Entries can be up to and including 30 lines in length.

Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.

The author’s name and details should be included when the poem is submitted. The poems will be passed on to the judge without these details, all poems will be judged as anonymous.



Entries will be accepted between March 1 and July 15 2018. Entries received after this date will not be considered.



The judge’s decision is final and Kinsale Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition

Entries should be submitted electronically only, by email to wordsbywater@gmail.com. Hard copies will not be admissible.



Shortlisted poets will be invited to attend the award ceremony in October, however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own. The shortlist will be sent to all entrants and announced publicly one month before the festival.



While copyright of the poem will remain with the author, Kinsale Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the poems to further publicise this award is also retained by Kinsale Literary Festival. The winning poet will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Kinsale Literary Festival



The entry fee is €8 per poem and must be paid via our online payment system, using the entrant’s name as the reference.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

The John Hewitt International Summer School Residency Award – closing 25 May

This award enables a local writer to spend a week at the popular Summer School in Armagh enjoying a varied programme of talks, readings and workshops led by a host of internationally renowned writers and speakers. (Food and accommodation are included).

Please contact Lynda for further information and advice on T 02892 509503 or E lynda.mccord@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or click on the link below for the application form
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Arts Service
ISLAND Arts Centre
Tel: 02892 509509 or Direct Tel: 02892509503

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary – closing 25 May



This bursary allows a successful Artist to spend two all–inclusive weeks at the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan.

This idyllic artists’ retreat plays host to artists from around the world working in a variety of art forms.





Please contact Lynda for further information and advice on T 02892 509503 or E lynda.mccord@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or click the link below for the application form.

2018 Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Scheme Application Form Criteria

Please see link attached for the bursaries listed on the home website – news section. www.islandartscentre.com/index.php

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Arts Service
ISLAND Arts Centre
Tel: 02892 509509 or Direct Tel: 02892509503
Application deadline: Fri 25 May, 4pm

£20,000 Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition.

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