Simon & Schuster UK is the company behind the careers of authors including Jackie Collins, Philippa Gregory, Jessie J, Sam Faiers, Lynda La Plante, Milly Johnson and Santa Montefiore (which is why we've joined forces with them!) to find a writer who we believe is going to be the next big thing in women's fiction.
The plotline can be anything; the only requirement is that it must fall within the women's fiction genre.
So whether you've been itching to write a book for years and just need that final push, are a huge fan of women's fiction and think you could write one too, or just fancy the ultimate challenge for Christmas, read on to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning.
The winning author will receive an advice session with Literary Agent Lizzy Kremer, Director of David Higham Associates, an author mentoring session with Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson, will receive an eBook contract from Simon & Schuster UK to include 25% author royalty and have their debut short story published in eBook format. No cash alternative will be available and the prize is non-transferable.
The entries will be judged by an expert panel that will be looking for a story which excites intrigues and surprises them. The panel includes:
• Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson
• Editor of handbag.com Mango Saul
• Clare Hey, Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster UK
• Sara-Jade Virtue, Project Manager booksandthecity.co.uk
All entries must be in by 5.30pm 31 January 2014. The deadline will not be extended under any circumstances.
How to enter
To enter The Great British Write Off you will need to complete 2,500 words of your original short story. Here's the form you need to complete:
- Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
- This competition opens on [25 Nov 2013] and closes at [5.30pm] on 31 Jan 2014.
- Answers received after the closing date will not be considered.
- To enter [submit your short story, which should be a maximum of 2,500 words using the form above].
- The prize is: publication of the winning ebook short story in April 2014; an agent advice session with Lizzy Kremer, director of David Higham Associates; an author mentoring session with Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson; and a book jacket and feature on Simon & Schuster's social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
- The winner will receive a standard ebook contract from Simon & Schuster UK which includes a 25% author royalty from the proceeds of sales. The ebook short story will retail at RRP £1.99.
[Following the session with Milly] the final version of the ebook must be ready for publication by end of March 2014.
- A winner will be picked 14 Feb 2014 by: Editor of Handbag.com Mango Saul; Clare Hey [Senior Commissioning Editor]; and the Books and the City team at Simon and Schuster UK.
- No cash alternative will be available and the prize is non-transferable.
- For the details of the winner, email Bookminx@simonandschuster.co.uk within one month of the closing date.
- Hearst reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions for this competition at any time without notice. Click here for full terms and conditions