Staunch Book Prize celebrates thrillers in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.

The thriller novel, short story and flash fiction prizes open on 14th Feb and close on 31st July 2022.  

Ends on £20.00
£20.00

Guidelines

  • The £1000 prize is for a thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
  • Thriller genres include crime, mystery, historical, sci-fi, cyber, comedy, psychological, spy, suspense, political, satirical and disaster. We are not at this time looking for pure horror or fantasy novels.
  • For the purposes of this Prize, 'murder' does not include incidents where people in general or specific groups of people 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 FIRST self-published in English (print or e-book) between Jan 2020 and 31st July 2022, or not yet published. Translations are welcome.
  • Entries may be submitted by authors, agents or publishers, but must be in the required format via the Submissions form.
  • If you entered an unpublished novel previously, you are welcome to enter it again if itl is now published/self-published, or if you have been rewriting or polishing and it is still unpublished.

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 in pdf, .doc or .docx file format.
  • Please ensure you are entering the novel prize, not the short story or flash fiction prize.
  • The title of the novel should be at the top of the document, but no identifying name/s of author or submitter should appear on the document itself. 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 ideally be completed before entering.
  • Complete novels called for can be submitted as pdf documents, or as published books by arrangement. This time we will require the name of the author and whether the novel is published/self-published or not yet published.
  • By submitting work for the Prize you are agreeing that ALL criteria have been met and you have accepted these terms and conditions.
  • You are also agreeing that we may contact you and add your name to our database to keep you informed about the Prize. Your details will never be shared or sold to third parties.
  • Any entry failing to meet the criteria will be disqualified.

Guidelines

  • The £100 prize is for a SHORT STORY on the theme of ‘THRILLER’ in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
  • Thriller genres can include crime, mystery, historical, sci-fi, cyber, comedy, psychological, spy, suspense, legal, political, satirical and disaster, etc. We are not at this time looking for horror or fantasy stories.
  • For the purposes of this Prize, ‘murder’ does not include incidents where people in general or specific groups of people are the targets or victims, e.g. war, terrorist attacks, hostage situations, sabotage.
  • Where there is any ambiguity, the deciding factor will be whether a female character was targeted or died because she was a woman.
  • The competition is open to authors of any nationality.
  • Submissions can be traditionally published (after Jan 2020), self-published or unpublished.
  • If published, please check with your publisher that they are happy for you to enter this prize.
  • Entries must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.
  • Entries should be 500 – 3500 words maximum, excluding the title and Double-spaced, 12pt
  • The prize closes on 31st July 2022
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified in October 2022
  • The shortlist will be announced on November 1st 2022
  • The winner will be announced on November 25th 2022
  • The £100 prize is for FLASH FICTION on the theme of ‘THRILLER’ in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
  • Thriller genres can include crime, mystery, historical, sci-fi, cyber, comedy, psychological, spy, suspense, legal, political, satirical and disaster, etc. We are not at this time looking for horror or fantasy stories.
  • For the purposes of this Prize, ‘murder’ does not include incidents where people in general or specific groups of people are the targets or victims, e.g. war, terrorist attacks, hostage situations, sabotage.
  • Where there is any ambiguity, the deciding factor will be whether a female character was targeted or died because she was a woman.
  • The competition is open to authors of any nationality.
  • Submissions can be traditionally published (after Jan 2020), self-published or unpublished.
  • If published, please check with your publisher that they are happy for you to enter this prize.
  • Entries must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.
  • Entries should be 300 words maximum, excluding the title and Double-spaced, 12pt
  • The prize closes on 31st July 2022
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified in October 2022
  • The shortlist will be announced on November 1st 2022
  • The winner will be announced on November 25th 2022
Staunch Book Prize