Flash 500 Novel Competition

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Welcome to our Novel Opening & Synopsis Competition!

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapters? Can you put together a compelling synopsis? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening competition and have your work judged by Headline Publishing? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

We are looking for a novel opening up to 3,000 words, plus a synopsis  of the story (max 750 words) to be submitted together in a single file. If your first chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

This is an annual competition: entries close 31st October 2024.

Entry fee: £10 for one novel, £18 for two novels, £26 for three novels

Optional critique of Entry and Synopsis: £35 per story

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First: £500
  • Second: £200

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Submit your Novel/s here

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