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Novel Writing Contests

Novel Writing Contest Description

EditFast will hold 3 novel writing contests every year. The novel writing contest is free to all and open to any topic apart from the exclusions listed below. The winners of the contests will be published in a hardback volume. In order to publish the novels, EditFast must reserve First Rights on all submissions.

What's a Novel?

There are many definitions of "novel," but for our purposes here it refers to a fictional prose work of substantial length. The novel narrates the actions of characters who are entirely the invention of the author and who are placed in an imaginary setting. The fact that a so-called historical or biographical novel uses historically real characters in real geographical locations doing historically verifiable things does not alter the fictional quality of the work. Nor does it qualify a work labeled a novel by the author as a historical text.

How To Submit Your Novel

  1. Read the following Rules and Regulations
  2. Check the box at the bottom to confirm that you have read the Rules and Regulations
  3. Click "Continue"
  4. Fill in the form
  5. Upload your document
  6. Click "Submit"

Novel Writing Contest Submission Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

  1. No entry fee is required.
  2. EditFast reserves First Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the story remain the property of the author.
  3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person's ideas, without written permission or proper acknowledgment will result in disqualification.
  4. Excessive violence, sex or religious extremism, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification.
  5. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
  6. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, from 50,000 to 150,000 words in length. (longer novels will be taken into consideration)
  7. Entries must be submitted in electronic format via our submission form (read the rules and regulations, then click "CONTINUE" at the bottom)
  8. All entries must be double spaced, with numbered pages in one of the following formats. All other formats will be disqualified.
    1. MS Word
    2. Adobe PDF
    3. Word Perfect
    4. Open Office
    5. Microsoft Works
  9. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author's name, full mailing address, telephone number and email address. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but NOT the author's name (to facilitate fair judging).
  10. The EditFast novel contest runs every four months (three times per year). To be eligible for the next contest, your submission must be received by midnight (PST) on the last day of the month prior to the contest start date(Submissions for the novel writing contest for May must be received by midnight on the last day of April.)
  11. Each entrant may submit only one novel per contest.
  12. All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  13. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
  14. The winners of each contest will be published in hardback.
  15. Winners will be individually notified of the results by email on the last day of the month following the month of closing of the contest.

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