Will the winner receive a book deal?
The winner will be awarded the opportunity to enter into a $50,000 book deal with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Will the winner be paired with a literary agent?
The winner will be provided a list of literary agents who have expressed interest in representation to choose from. The winner is also welcome to search for an agent on their own. Our intention is to allow the winner the option of signing with an agent of their choice.
Can I submit my young adult novel?
We are only accepting adult fiction.
Can I submit my novel in another language, other than English?
The submission must be in English.
If I am a writer who isn’t 18, can I still enter?
Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Are you accepting submissions from international writers?
No, the contest is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
What if I have previously self-published my manuscript?
Self-published manuscripts are not eligible at this time.
Must my 25-page submission be the opening pages from a completed manuscript?
Yes, that’s correct. Semi-Finalists will be notified on or about September 7, 2021 and will have one week from notification to submit their final manuscript. For that reason, we recommend that entrants fine-tune their completed manuscripts prior to September.