Aspiring novelists invited to take part in new Cheshire writing competition

Aspiring novelists are invited to enter a new contest to help get their books off the ground.

Writer and editor Sara Cox founded the Cheshire Novel Prize competition to help authors break into the publishing world.

The competition is designed for writers who have not yet secured an agent or publishing deal.

And while the competition welcomes entries from around the world, the organizers are particularly keen to hear from local Cheshire storytellers.

Sara said: “We know there are many talented writers in and around Cheshire and it would be wonderful if some entered this new competition, which puts our area on the literary map.

“Trying to break into the publishing world can seem very daunting so I wanted to help out by running a contest for unrepresented writers.

“We look forward to reading the fresh and exciting stories from the participants.”

Entries opened yesterday and will close at midnight on April 1, 2022. There will be a top prize of £1,500 for the winner.

Entrants must submit the first 5,000 words of their book and an outline (synopsis) of the entire plot.

All entries will receive feedback on their writing.

The competition jury is made up of six prestigious literary agents, writers and publishers from across the publishing industry.

Many writers from underprivileged backgrounds will be able to participate for free thanks to the generosity of sponsors.

Ten percent of all entry fees will go to charities chosen by the judges.

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