TERMS & CONDITIONS

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

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Entries must be your original work.

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Entries must be written in English.

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

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Copyright remains with the author.

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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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Non-cash awards will be transferred to winners within 15 days of prize announcement.

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Prizes are not transferable.

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

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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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ENTRY TIMELINE

The 2020 Contest is Now Closed for Submissions

CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER THE 2020 WINNERS

The contest is open for entries between May 26 and June 23, 2020.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced July 14, 2020.

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Entries for the 2020 competition will open on May 26, 2020 and close at midnight (24:00) (Eastern Time) June 23, 2020. Please check this time zone converter to convert the deadline into your own time zone in order to avoid disappointment and inability to enter.

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Only entries received and paid for by the entry deadline will be considered. The entry fee for each entry is $10.00 in US dollars.

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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Please submit only the first page of your novel-in-progress (single-page, not 2-sided). This should be the first page of the first chapter, not the first page of a prologue or introduction. It's fine if your page ends mid-paragraph or mid-sentence. Entries that exceed one page will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee

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Please double-space one 8.5” x 11” or A-4 page, using Times New Roman 12-point font, 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins all around. Entries that do not match this formatting will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee. 

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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).

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

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Each entry must be accompanied by the $10 (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.

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

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All entries must be made through Submittable

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Click here to read more about what makes a great first page, what to avoid and what to watch out for when you submit your work. You can also read the winning entries from 2020.