Friday, 1 June 2018

26th Annual SiWC Writing Contest

The contest will be judged by Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte. Read on for further information and enter today!

The 2018 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest is NOW OPEN!

The contest will close to entries September 21, 2018.
First prize: $1000 plus publication
Honourable Mention: $150 plus publication
Cost: $15/entry Deadline: September 21, 2018: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by midnight, Friday, September 21, 2018. No late entries will be considered.
Open to all writers. [SiWC paid staff, board members, and immediate families are ineligible to enter.]
Young writers are welcome to enter, but must be aware that their work will be judged blind among submissions made by adult writers.
Enter Online

To enter online, first pay for your entry online using the PayPal button below, filing out the two required information fields first. Once you have paid, you may email your entry to

Your name:
Title of your work:

Enter by Mail

You may also enter by mailing your printed entry along with a cheque for CAD$15 payable to the Surrey International Writers Conference. The address to use is

SiWC Writing Contest
Suite # 544 151 – 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V3R 8X8
Contest Rules and Regulations
Story length: 2,500 – 5000 words. Manuscript to be standard manuscript format: double-spaced, footer with page number and title only. Cover page includes the writer’s name, address, email address, phone number, entry title, and word length [excluding title].
All information is held in strict confidence, and will be destroyed after contest winners are announced. Manuscripts are not returned.
Hard copy entries: standard white 8.5×11″ paper, one side only. No staples, please.
Blind submissions — the author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript except cover page.
Hard copy submissions will be accepted by surface mail.
Send your entry to: SiWC Writing Contest Suite # 544 151 – 10090 152nd Street Surrey, BC V3R 8X8
Include entry fee of $15 per submission. Please make cheques payable to SiWC, and please do not send cash through the mail.
No entries will be returned. If you would like receipt of your hard-copy entry acknowledged, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard.
Digital entries: Please follow the submission guidelines as noted above.
Copy cover page and submission into the body of the email.
Send your email to
Attachments will be deleted, unread.
The contest coordinator will ensure digital submissions (including cover page) are correctly formatted before consideration by the judges.
To pay for your contest entry by credit card or PayPal, please use the PayPal button on the Contest Page, and be sure to note the author’s name and title. Paypal will process your payment and send you a receipt by email.
PayPal payments must be submitted individually, one per entry. Remember to push the button only once for each entry, or you may be charged twice. Refunds are not available.
All email entries are acknowledged by return email.
Please note, there are only two options for submission of entries. There is NO drop-off point available for hard copies.
All submissions must contain original material, and may not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or have been a winner in another contest prior to the deadline.
Please note our internet policy: If a work has been briefly excerpted anywhere on the internet it is still eligible as an entry, but if it has been published or posted in its entirety on a blog or any other internet site, it is not eligible for our contest, as we retain right of first publication as a part of our mandate.
All entrants must be able to submit their work by email if requested.
Short-listed writers will be notified in early October.
Final judges are best-selling writers [and brilliant humans] Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte.
Judges and conference/contest organizers cannot comment on individual entries.
Enter as many pieces as you like, at $15 for each entry.
Winners will be informed in early October. Prizes will be awarded at the Friday night Awards Ceremony at the conference. Winners will be listed on the website in the in the week after the conference.
Submission implies the author is granting first right of publication to the SiWC. Rights then revert to the author.
Entering the contest grants the SIWC the right to publish the entrant’s name on the SIWC website, should the entrant be short-listed for, or win, a SIWC writing contest prize. The SIWC privacy policy link can be found at the bottom of every page on the site.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Dorset Fiction Award

Full details & Rules

Born in Dorset, England – the Dorset Fiction Award thrives on talented writers from its home county and the rest of the world. We believe that one of the best things you can do to improve yourself as a writer, is to enter contests – for new writers, it pushes your art into that higher level, and for the seasoned, it keeps you on your feet. And no matter what the results are of the contest, you'll always come out of it a better writer.

For our competition, we relishing the art of short story writing. A unique and compelling way of telling any story, characters are honed and potent, prose is direct and arresting, and the plot is nuanced and imaginative. We are challenging you to write a short story in fewer than one thousand words. We're searching for creative flare, killer prose, and that je ne sais quoi that makes great writing great.

The Prize:
£500, or the equivalent in your local currency (approx. $640USD, €600EUR)
Publication in yearly anthology
A warm fuzzy feeling

There are no second or third prizes, but the runners up will have their work published along side the winner in the anthology.

How to Enter, Rules, and conditions:
Enter through the online form, further instructions are on the page. We currently do not accept postal entries. The fee to enter is £7. Multiple and simultaneous entries are allowed. International entries welcome.
Your entry must be written in English and be entirely original. It also cannot be already published online or in print.
Your story must have fewer than 1000 words (0-999 words). Your digital document must be named with the title of your piece, if you don't have a title, the name should be the first eight words of your story. Any personally identifying information must be stripped from your entry file. All major document file types are accepted through the form.
You must submit your entry by 23:59 (BST) 9th June 2018

Simultaneous entries are allowed (same piece of work entered in to multiple different competitions).
You may voluntarily withdraw your entry from this competition by request via email.
You as the author will retain ownership and copyright of your entry. However, by submitting to the competition, you automatically give permission for Dorset Fiction Award to publish your submission in its anthology and on its website. You won't be entitled to any royalties from sales/revenue made by us, but all profit made is used help improve our organisation or is donated to charity. You also allow us to edit your work prior to publication (usually for typos/errors).
Withdrawn submissions (for any reason) will not be refunded.
You may be disqualified if any of the rules are not followed. Although we will endeavour to seek corrections from you.

Judging is fair and anonymous, and all submissions, no matter the style or content, are considered equally.
A long list and proceeding short list will be published soon after the closing date.
The winner will be announced by the 1st July 2018
The winner will be personally contacted to arrange prize giving.


The winning and shortlisted entries from this competition will be featured in our annual anthology. Our anthology incorporates the two competitions we run per year. It will be available for sale in physical format early in 2019.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please get in touch with us by email: , or send us a tweet @Dorsetfiction

Five Words International Poetry Competition

Five Words International Poetry Competition

Ó Bhéal

At around noon each Tuesday (UTC), from the 11th of April 2017, Ó Bhéal will post five new words. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for that week. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during the week.
 Entry fee  €5

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018

Judged by Jo Shapcott &Daljit Nagra
first prize £2,000
second prize £1,000
third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing

plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from
bloodaxe books
faber & faber
nine arches press &
seren books
5 prizes of 1-yr poetry magazine subscriptions from
under the radar
poetry wales
pn review
new ohio review &
plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

submit via e-mail or post by mon 22 oct 2018

(check out 2017 winning poems & judges’ reports — along with previous years’ — on our poems page)
Jo Shapcott has been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry & has won a number of literary prizes including Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, Forward Prize for Best Collection, National Poetry Competition(twice), & the Costa Book Award for her most recent, Of Mutability. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book & My Life Asleep are gathered in a ‘selected poems’ entitled Her Book.
Daljit Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry, in 2007, and for its title poem, Look, We Have Coming to Dover!, three years earlier. His other publications include a retelling of the Ramayana, a Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition winner, Oh My Rub!, & two further poetry collections, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White Man Eating Tiger Toy Machine & his latest, British Museum (Faber, 2017).
judges will read all poems submitted
Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or number of separate submissions from any entrant; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification.
Fees: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal (see options at bottom of page, PayPal account not required) OR via cheque/postal-order payable to Coffee-House Poetry.
By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone Number, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHERPayPal Receipt Number OR enclose cheque/postal-order; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no paperclips or staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.
By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to or; include following details in e-mail: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR send cheque/postal-order by post.
E-mail address: By including e-mail address you agree to receiving e-mails regarding annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize. You will not automatically receive regular e-mails regarding Coffee-House Poetry readings & classes unless specifically requested.
Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight (your local time) on Mon 22 Oct 2018; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 22 Oct 2018. Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing Mon 19 Nov 2018. Prize-giving will take place at Coffee-House Poetry on Mon 26 Nov 2018.
Acknowledgement/Results: E-mail entries acknowledged within 14 days of receipt of both entry & payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope marked Acknowledgement &/or stamped, addressed envelope marked Results; results will be posted on website (& mailed to all postal entrants who included a Resultsenvelope) after Mon 26 Nov 2018; no correspondence will be entered into.

Our secure online payments are handled by PayPal.

You don’t need a PayPal account; all major credit cards will be accepted.

To identify your payment:
Please note the Receipt Number that PayPal gives you on–screen after completing your payment, and in your payment–receipt e–mail, and include it in your e–mail submission of poems (or on your postal submission).
Additionally, only if your PayPal name differs from the Poet’s Name, please include the PayPal name on your e–mail or postal submission. No need to add anything in the ‘Note to Seller’ box.

Our PayPal options allow payment for up to 10 poems at a time. If making a second or subsequent payment, whether immediately or at a later date, there is still no need to add anything in the ‘Note to Seller’ box.

If you are unsure about how to use PayPal, we have provided a page of illustrated instructions.

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Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018 - LAST CHANCE

Novellas, Short Stories and Flash Fiction

At Wundor we plan to champion interesting, unusual fiction in all of its forms. Brevity can be one of literature’s great virtues, and we do not believe in filling out short stories into novella form if they are supposed to be short stories, or lengthening a novella to try to make a novel, when the story suits the novella form just fine.

Whether it takes you one page to tell your story or your manuscript is a little thicker, we would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words.

The deadline is 31 May 2018 and winners will be announced by the end of June 2018.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Contest Details

The winner of our second short fiction contest will receive £500.

The winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, in which case a publishing contract will be offered.

Last year's winner, Bopper's Progress by John Manderino, was published by Wundor Editions in the UK, US and Canada in March 2018.

The prize is open to anybody writing in English who is 16 years of age or older.

Entrance fee is £10 per entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per writer.

The competition is open to novellas, short stories or pieces of flash fiction.

The word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words.

Contest Rules

Manuscripts must be double-spaced and saved in font sizes 12-14.

Entries must be entirely your own work.

You must own the copyright to your work. You will retain the copyright to your work.

Entries must not have been previously published in print or online.

Online submissions only. All submissions are to be made through our Submittable portal.

Email and postal submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions are final and no changes can be made once they have been submitted.

Entries will be judged by the Wundor Editions editors. All decisions are final.

Winning entries may be edited to prepare them for publication.

Any entries found to be in violation of submission rules will be disqualified.

Entrance fees will not be refunded.

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018


Last year's winner, Bopper's Progress by John Manderino, was published by Wundor Editions in the UK, US and Canada in March 2018

Hammond House Publishing - International Poetry Prize

International Literary prizes  2018


We pleased to announce the launch of this prestigious annual Poetry Prize. The winner receives a cash prize and worldwide publication of their work in an anthology of poetry together with twenty-four other shortlisted entries. 

The poetry prizes, together with those for Short Story and Scriptwriting are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December and attended by celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment. In 2018 we hope to include video links to any winners who are unable to be present. You can see photos from the previous events here.

The feedback option proved very popular in our 2017 competition with over 40% of entries choosing to receive advice and guidance on their work from industry professionals.

Despite its international appeal, we expect the Poetry Prize, to remain small and exclusive, attracting a high standard rather than a high number of entries. With the top twenty-five entries included in the 2018 anthology, it provides the best opportunity for publication of poetry with Hammond House.

The theme for 2018 PRECIOUS, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem.

There are no limits to line length or word count, so both Haiku and Epic poems fit the bill. The judges each write poetry of varying styles, and appreciate poetry, from a wide variety of national and international writers, trawl wide, dig deep, and take care with your words.

A short pamphlet containing up to seven or so of your other poetry may be submitted in support of your poem entry, to provide the judges with a context for your poem in relation to your wider body of work. Please ensure this does not have your name on it. The final Judgement will be made on the poem entry alone, not the wider work.

Hammond House Publishing - SHORT STORY COMPETITION



This prestigious prize is awarded each year for a short story on a chosen theme. The winner receives a cash prize and worldwide publication of their story. In pervious years the themes have been CONFLICT and ETERNAL You can see the winning stories, in the anthologies, available to purchase from our bookstore or from all good high street and on-line booksellers around the world.

In 2018 there are plenty of opportunities for publication with the full shortlist of 25 entries being included in an anthology dedicated to this prize.

The prizes are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December by celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment. and include video links to any winners who are unable to be present.

The feedback option is very popular with over 40% of entries in 2017 choosing to receive advice and guidance on their work from industry professionals.

Despite its worldwide appeal, with entries from five continents in 2017 and a shortlist covering seven countries, the International Literary Prize remains small and exclusive, attracting a high standard rather than a high number of entries. With the top twenty-five stories included in the annual anthology, it provides the best opportunity for publication with Hammond House.

The theme for 2018, PRECIOUS is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful.


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.


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.


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.


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 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).


• 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 Content Guidelines at 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 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.


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 within 30 days of the award of the applicable prize.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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

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