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Hachette Imprint Open for Submissions!

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Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press (Hachette Imprint) will be opening for unagented submissions on December 1, 2017 (12am GMT) and close on December 7, 2017 (11:59pm GMT) for THE FUTURE BOOKSHELF! Although this is an United Kingdom publisher, they will be taking international submissions for fiction and non-fiction. This is an exciting opportunity because big houses don’t often open their doors to unagented writers.

Some of the authors Hodder & Stoughton publishes is Stephen King, Martina Cole, Jodi Picoult, The Sidemen, Stieg Larsson, Trevor Noah, David Mitchell, Andrea Levy, Katie Piper, Mo Farrah, Graham Norton, and many more. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be one of the great writers added to this list?

If chosen, you will get paid an advance and royalties. They’ll set you up with an editor and publicist, as well as have a marketing campaign. So, you’ll get all the perks of a bestselling author! A few of the rules are:

  • Must be over 18.
  • An underrepresented writerly category (see their guidelines for descriptions).
  • Fiction (any genre) and non-fiction works must be over 50,000 words.
  • Must be written in English.

But they have more requirements than this. For complete rules and how to submit, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House Crime-Writing Competition Closing

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Have you written a crime novel? Do you live in the UK or the Republic of Ireland? Then this contest is for you. The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House competition to search for a new crime-writing talent ends May 5, 2017.  So you’d better hurry! Here’s the deets. The winner of the First Novel Competition will receive a £20,000 advance and publishing contract with Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi. Now that’s something to talk about people!

Entrants are invited to submit the first 5000 words of their novel along with a 600 word synopsis.  The submissions must be in the crime and thriller genre and entrants must not have had a novel published before. And let me reiterate, submissions must be postmarked by May 5, 2017. For guidelines and submission address, go here.
As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Bath Children’s Novel Award

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The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an international writing competition for unpublished and independently published novelists. This years judge is literary agent Julia Churchill of AM Heath. And the sponsor is Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. The winner will receive £2,000 (approximately $2467 US) and a shortlist prize of £500 (approximately $616 US)Cornerstones Literary Consultancy vouchers.

This is The Bath Children’s Novel Award’s second year. Inaugural winner Lucy Van Smit was swiftly signed by literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney, Jane Brittan attracted a Carnegie Medal nomination for her indie-published debut and shortlistee Sophie Cameron signed a book deal with Macmillan Children’s after accepting representation with literary agent Hellie Ogden for her YA novel Out of the Blue.

Entry for the award ends November 20th, 2016 (and remember, this is UK time zone)! For complete guidelines and entry fee information, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The Sunday Times Short Story Award

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The Sunday Times is sponsoring an international award worth £30,000 to the winner. It’s open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after December 31, 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

Make sure you read the entire instructions and terms and conditions (available as a download) before you submit your entry form! Go here for all the details.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

LIBRARIES PAY AUTHORS?

This seems too good to be true. But it’s not, at least, not for the United Kingdom and Ireland! Authors receive money under the PUBLIC LENDING RIGHT (PLR)  (the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries). Until I read Joanne Phillip’s post on her first check from the PLR, I had no idea this existed.

According to PLR, here is how it works:

Under the PLR system in the UK, payment is made from government funds to authors, illustrators and other contributors whose books are borrowed from public libraries.  Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK … To qualify for payment, applicants must apply to register their books.

Over 22,000 writers, illustrators, photographers, translators and editors who have contributed to books lent out by public libraries in the UK receive PLR payments each year.

And this is how they say data is collected:

For UK PLR, a representative sample of book loans, consisting of all issues from selected public libraries in the UK, is recorded. This is then multiplied in proportion to total library lending to produce for each book an estimate of its total annual loans throughout the country.

This seems pretty amazing, even if the payment is minimal. And I see a bigger picture with this program. It proves your book(s) are being lent to those less fortunate to buy the book themselves. So, how cool is that?

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction