Staunch Book Prize, Short Story Prize and Flash Fiction Prize are open to thrillers in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Enter below!




Guidelines

  • The prize is for a thriller 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, environmental, satirical and disaster, etc. We are not at this time looking for 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 published, or self-published, or first published in English (print or e-book) within 18 months of the closing date, or they may be as yet unpublished. 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  • If you entered an unpublished novel previously, you are welcome to enter it again if the novel is now published/self-published, or if you have been rewriting or polishing and it is still unpublished.
  • *Where there is any ambiguity, the deciding factor will be whether a female character was attacked or died because she was a woman. 

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.
  • 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.
  • If you are ordering our FEEDBACK SERVICE (details below) please put (FEEDBACK) after the title in that submission.
  • 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 must be submitted as pdf documents or as published books. This time we will require the name of the author and whether (and when) the novel was published/self-published or if it is 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.

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

We can offer up to 10 FREE ENTRIES to low-income writers of any age. Closing date for free entry applications 30th May. Contact us to apply.

Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.

This service is available for unpublished submissions entered in 2020 or previous years.
Submission should be a 1-page synopsis single-spaced and the first 5000 words of your novel in 12pt double spaced as pdf .doc or .docx file.
If you entered Staunch Book Prize previously, we will have your entry archived. However, you may submit a reworked synopsis and 5000-word opening if you prefer. Simply attach the new file.

One of our experienced industry readers will produce a 3-5 page report which will be sent to you by email within a month of your order.
The report will cover:
First impression
Strength/originality of ideas
Character
Style
Dialogue
Brief recommendations. 


This feedback will be dealt with entirely separately from your entry to the prize and does not affect its eligibility or prospects in any way. NB. If you are also entering the Staunch Book Prize, please write (FEEDBACK) after the title of your entry on the Book Prize submission so that it is directed to the correct reader. This enables our blind reading of your entry to be handled separately.
The cost is £65.

Please read our T&Cs

Guidelines

  • The prize is for a THRILLER SHORT STORY 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, 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 must be unpublished with first publication rights available. Should your entry be published elsewhere before the winner/s are announced, you must inform us by email.
  • Entries must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified by September 25th 2020
  • The shortlist will be announced on 1st October 2020
  • The winner will be announced 12th October 2020.

How to submit

  • Entries should be between 500 and 3,500 words, double spaced, 12 point.
  • The full story should be entered in pdf, .doc or .docx file format.
  • The title of the story 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 double-blind. 
  • If you are unable to enter online, get in touch via the Contact page and we will be happy to accept your postal entry.
  • 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.

There is an entry fee of £10 for each entry. Multiple submissions are welcome.

We can offer up to 10 FREE ENTRIES to low-income writers of any age. Closing date for applications 31st May. Contact us to apply.

Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.

Guidelines

  • The 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, 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 must be unpublished, with first publication rights available. Should your entry be published elsewhere before the winner/s are announced, you must inform us by email.
  • Entries must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified by September 25th 2020
  • The shortlist will be announced on October 1st 2020
  • The winner will be announced on October 12th 2020

How to submit

  • Entries should be 300 words maximum, excluding the title
  • Double-spaced, 12pt
  • The full flash fiction should be entered in pdf, .doc or .docx file format.
  • The title of the story 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 double-blind. 
  • If you are unable to enter online, get in touch via the Contact page and we will be happy to accept your postal entry.
  • 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.

There is an entry fee of £5 for each entry. Multiple submissions are welcome.

We can offer up to 10 FREE ENTRIES to low income writers of any age. Closing date for applications 31st May. Contact us to apply.

Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.

Staunch Book Prize