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“Write Here, Right Now competition

About us:

Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the country. The group is based in London with sister companies in Australia, India, Canada and the United States.

Within the UK division, there are three imprints: Simon & Schuster, Scribner and Simon & Schuster Children's Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction, and children's publications, alongside digital originals and audio books.

We publish Pulitzer Prize winners, Booker nominees, Richard & Judy Book Club selections, Book Industry award-winners and Sunday Times bestsellers. Our fiction author stable includes both British and international writers such as Philippa Gregory, Santa Montefiore, Chris Carter, Milly Johnson, Graham Swift, Catherine Steadman and Isabel Allende.

We also run a sales and distribution service for a number of independent and international publishers including VIZ Media, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Rebellion, and Black Library.

The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency specialises in bestselling commercial fiction. The list includes: thrillers, mysteries, pyschological suspense, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical.

The Agency was founded in 1988 by Darley Anderson and many of its fiction writers are now among the bestselling authors in the world, including Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French and Chris Carter.

Working with Darley Anderson to further build on the Agency’s enormous success with adult fiction are agents Camilla Wray and Tanera Simons. Continuing the agency’s renowned reputation for talent spotting authors and launching careers, both Camilla and Tanera work closely with their authors and are actively looking for new talent. Recent Sunday Times- and New York Times-bestselling authors also include Gillian McAllister, BA Paris and Tim Weaver, and mega-selling ebook successes including Tom Bale, Kerry Fisher, TM Logan and KL Slater.

Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) is an international festival based in Bradford, the heart of Yorkshire and the literature hub of the North. Hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK, BLF is fast becoming a key event in the UK's cultural calendar.

Over 10 days, the festival celebrates the written and spoken word on the page, stage and screen, offering ideas to delight, challenge and entertain inclusive, diverse audiences. With cultural literacy at its core the festival cuts across communities and contemporary Britain’s multiple identities, to create a step-change for literary diversity in the North.

BLF creates an atmospheric blend melding voices of leading writers, performers and poets with emerging talent and presents authors and speakers from all backgrounds. In 2017 the festival programme had 42% speaker/ artist diversity and attracted audiences that were 49% BAME.

The festival’s schools’ initiative, which runs alongside the general programme, holds free events for students throughout the Bradford District, engaging with and inspiring more than 12,000 young people in 2017.

Terms & Conditions for entrants:

Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.

Each applicant is limited to one submission only.

Only the first three chapters of first 10,000 words to be sent in the first round.

Applicants must have the full manuscript of their submission ready to send by April 2018 in case they are longlisted.

Competition opens at midday on 1st February 2018 and closes at midnight on 13th April 2018. No late entries will be considered. For those long-listed, any manuscripts received after midnight on 11th May will not be considered.

The shortlist will be confirmed by 1st June, and a winner picked on 30th June 2018, by the judges listed above.

Entries must follow the guidelines specified above in order to be considered.

Due to the volume of entries anticipated, we cannot provide individual feedback.

The prize consists of: publication of the winning story in ebook format, with standard S&S ebook royalty of 25% from proceeds of sales, and to be sold at £1.99 on retail sites; representation by Darley Anderson Agency; feature on S&S + DAA’s social media channels.

In order to meet scheduled publication of July 2019, the final version of the book must be ready by December 2018.

No cash alternative will be available and the prize is non-transferable.

For details of the winner, please contact with the subject line 'Write Here Competition'.

We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions for this competition at any time without notice.