Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Novelicious/Harper Collins/Simon & Schuster UK Novel Competition

Okay, I know I've been a little absent lately!!!!  Busy writing away like a lonely bird hiding in the attic, the only sound, the tap tap of keys on my laptop, and the odd roar from the family asking who I am again:)

Still, if you've missed me, well I've missed you too.  And just by means of showing you how generous I am to my friends, here's a nice little writing competition for you to go and have a good think about!

Novelicious has teamed up with Avon (HarperCollins) and Books and the City (Simon & Schuster UK) to bring you the chick lit event of the year!

Think you could be the next Jane Green, Marian Keyes or Sophie Kinsella? Believe you have the talent to become Britain's Next Chick Lit Star? Want the chance to win a host of AMAZING prizes? If the answer is yes, then Novelicious Undiscovered is the competition for you...

This year there will be two main awards up for grabs:

The People's Choice Award Winner
The top twenty entries as judged by the Novelicious team will be put to a public vote in June. The entrant with the most votes will win the following:
A full manuscript critique with Avon Commissioning Editor Caroline Hogg over tea and cake in their London offices. Your chance to get feedback on your novel and ask any questions you have about publishing.   A £50 voucher for writersgifts.co.uk
An introduction to and entry critique from top UK Literary Agent, Diane Banks of Diane Banks Associates Ltd
A selection of 10 Avon Titles
A Kindle ebook reader (provided by Idealo)

The Books and The City Choice Award Winner 

The Books and The City Choice winner will be chosen from the top twenty entries by the Fiction Editorial department at Simon & Schuster UK. Their choice will win the following:
A full manuscript feedback from the editorial team at Simon & Schuster
Author Mentoring and meeting with Sunday Times Bestselling author of RSVP Helen Warner
 A £50 voucher from writersgifts.co.uk
A Books and the City 10 Book Selection

Runner Up
  The entry with the second highest number of votes will win the following:
A full manuscript critique from the Novelicious Editor
A Hotel Chocolat Bliss Out Bag from hotelchocolat.co.uk
A Books and the City 10 Book Selection

By entering this competition you are deemed to have read and accepted the full Terms and Conditions
  • Please send no more than the first 3000 words of your chick lit novel as a word attachment (name the attachment as the title of your book) to undiscovered@novelicious.com
  • Please don’t include your name or any personal details in the attachment
  • Email Subject Line should be – Undiscovered – Your Name – The Name Of Your Book
  • In the body of your entry email please tell us the following:
  1. Your Name
  2. Your address (you must be a UK or Ireland resident!)
  3. The word count of your entry
  4. In order to keep you updated with Undiscovered and general Novelicious updates, we would like to add your email address to our mailing list (don't worry, your email address is for our eyes only.) Please tell us in your email if you do not wish to be added to the Novelicious mailing list.
  • Short Stories will not be accepted
  • Entrants must not be under contract with a publisher, or signed with an agent at the time of entry
  • Entries must not have been previously published digitally or in print
  • Closing Date for entries is 3rd April (see below for the full order of events)


Feb 14th                          Novelicious Undiscovered opens for entries
April 3rd                          Closing date for entries
April 24th                        Top 20 entries are announced
MAY                                 Top 20 entries are showcased on Novelicious.com
June 5th - June 19th     Top 20 are opened to a public vote
June 26th                        The winners of Undiscovered are announced!


  1. Thanks, Louise, I have the start of a novel written that may be worth sending in for this.
    Happy writing:)
    p.s. I love your Seamus Heaney quote on your sidebar, so true!

  2. That's brilliant Brigid - and yes, you gotta love Seamus Heaney!

  3. You always have the coolest info here!!

  4. Thanks for posting this - just finishing off my novel and it might be worth a shot - although I'm a bit genre-confused at the moment!!

  5. Thanks Michelle!!! And broken biro, confused or not, just go for it:)

  6. I've missed you! What's ChickLit?

  7. Ha ha Titus!!! YOU know what it is, the whole ocean by which most female fiction is placed - never really liked the term myself, but its the umbrella under which a lot of great woman writers are placed!


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