TERMS & CONDITIONS

By entering the competition you agree to the following terms & conditions.

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Entries must be your original work.

Elements

Entries must be written in English.

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Entries must not infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity.

Customers

Copyright remains with the author.

Conversion

No entry will be returned or kept after the winners have been announced.

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Entries will be acknowledged upon submission.

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Cash awards will be paid via PayPal within 15 days of prize announcement.

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Prizes are not transferable.

Sections

By entering, entrants accept that their email address is added to the Gutsy Great Novelist mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Freedom

Entrants may submit more than one entry. Each entry needs to be submitted and paid for as a separate entry.

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By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the competition guidelines, terms and conditions.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Mon, March 1, 2021 (midnight ET)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission Deadline > Monday, March 1, 2021 (midnight ET)

The timer has expired!

The contest is open for entries between Feb 1 and March 1, 2021.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced March 15, 2021.

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Entries for the 2021 competition will open on Feb 1, 2021 and close at midnight (24:00) (Eastern Time) March 1, 2021. Please check this time zone converter to convert the deadline into your own time zone in order to avoid disappointment and inability to enter.

Elements

Only entries received and paid for by the entry deadline will be considered. The entry fee for each entry is $20.00 in US dollars.

Fast

Entries that are not paid for, are incomplete, formatted incorrectly or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Templates

Please submit only the complete first chapter of your unpublished novel-in-progress. Please do not include title pages, epigraphs, dedications, prologues, introductions or any other opening pages—submit only your complete first chapter. There is no page limit or word count limit. 

Elements

Format your submission as follows: 

– 8.5” x 11” or A-4 page

– 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins all around

– Double-spaced (not 1.5 or 1.15 spacing)

– 12-point font (use your preferred font)

Please note: if your formatting is not exactly as specified above, your entry won't be considered and you'll forfeit your $20 submission fee. 

Blogging

Your name should not appear anywhere on the page or in the name of your document, but you're welcome to include the novel's title if you wish (there's a place to enter the title in the submission form, too).

Flexible

No alterations may be made to the entry once it is submitted.

Speed

Each entry must be accompanied by the $20 (USD) entry fee. 

Writers are welcome to submit more than one entry—each entry needs to be submitted and paid for as a separate entry.

Optimization

Please read through the terms & conditions before you submit your entry. 

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All entries must be made through Submittable. Click here to submit now.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Entries that do not precisely follow these guidelines will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee

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