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Writing Opportunities 2018

Urban YA competition

Closing date: 
30 November 2018
Open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent, for a first YA novel No entry fee
£1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words

Shortlist to be judged by Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy.

We are looking for a vibrant debut novel for young adults, a book set in today's multi-cultural Britain. Sharp dialogue, a story that's got the feel of here and now, the street and the city today. Atmosphere is important, both physical and psychological. It can be any city in the UK but it must be a real city. No fantasy.

The prize is £1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words.

Key Dates:

  • Last day for entry November 30
  • Shortlist announced January 11 2019
  • Winner announced February 22 2019
  • Terms and conditions
  • The competition is open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent.
  • Entries may be submitted by the author or his or her agent.
  • The novel must be a previously unpublished novel written in English.
  • This must be the author's first novel for YA.
  • Although the entries will be looked at anonymously, they must be entered in the author's name.
  • The novel must be original, fictional and entirely the author's own work.
  • The novel should be between 40.000 and 70.000 words long.
  • The submission of the novel will be taken as an agreement that Everything with Words can publish the novel.
  • Please submit the whole work and a separate summary of not more than 500 words to Mikka,
  • In the subject line you should put YA competition. In your letter you should mention that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions.

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