Entries for the Staunch Book Prize open on 22nd February 2018 and close at midnight (BST) on 15th July 2018.

Rules

  • The prize is for a thriller in which no woman gets beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
  • For the purposes of this Prize, ‘murder’ does not include incidents where people in general or specific groups of people (but not a specific woman or women) are the targets or victims, e.g. war, terrorist attacks, hostage situations, sabotage.
  • The competition is open to authors of any nationality who are over the age of 18 on the closing date.
  • Submissions may be traditionally or provably self-published (print or e-book) within 18 months of the closing date, or not yet published. They must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Entries may be submitted by authors, agents or publishers, but must be in the required format via the Submissions form.

Format

  • The first 5000 words of each entry, double spaced, 12pt, plus a one page synopsis, single spaced 12pt, should be submitted AS ONE DOCUMENT via the SUBMISSIONS page.
  • No identifying names or marks should appear on the submission. All entries will be read blind.
  • Completed novels will be requested by the end of August and must be at least 50,000 words. As we may request the additional material at any time, novels should be completed before entering.
  • Complete novels called for must also be submitted as pdf or doc documents with no name or other identification on the manuscript.
  • By submitting work for the Prize you are agreeing that ALL criteria have been met and you have accepted these terms and conditions.
  • Any entry failing to meet the criteria will be disqualified.

There is an entry fee of £20 for each entry. Multiple submissions are welcome.

We are unable to enter into correspondence about specific entries or criteria.

The short list will be announced in September 2018. The winner will receive a prize of £2000.

Copyright will remain with the author, but we reserve the right to publish up to the first 5000 words of each shortlisted novel on the Staunch Book Prize website.

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