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The SpellBound Novel Competition 

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SpellBound Books has created this competition, especially for 2023

Writers' Summer School delegates. It's an exciting new concept

for us, welcomed with open arms at Swanwick HQ. 

The closing date is fast approaching: 29th February 2024 at 12 noon. 

Competition Rules


1. The Prizes
Prize: a one book publication contract to the winning entrant by SpellBound Books.
Provided by SpellBound Books.

2. Eligibility
All entries must be submitted by people who attended The Writers’ Summer School

Entries must be a novel of at least 40,000 words, entitled 'The Retreat'.

The Tagline is 'What happens at Swanwick stays at Swanwick.'

The Blurb is 'He was a lecturer working the writers circuit; She was a budding author
with big dreams.'

He can't stand her!
She can't stand him!
Can their love of words help them find a way to love each other?


Entries must be the original unpublished work of the entrant, and not currently submitted
for publication nor for any other competitions or awards. No submissions will be
accepted from staff or associates or authors, presently or formerly paid or published by
SpellBound Books.

3. Entry
The competition is free to enter but you can only submit one entry. Entries must be sent
to by the closing date: 29 February 2024

at 12 noon.

4. Manuscripts
Manuscripts must be typed in double spacing and should be contained in a single doc or
docx with a separate front page stating your name, address, mobile phone number,
email address, the story title and word count. Your story should begin on the
second page. Neither the first page details nor the title is included in the word count.

5. Competition Judging
The competition judges will be appointed by SpellBound Books Ltd. The judges’ decision
will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

6. Notifications
Winners will be notified by 31 May 2024 after which date unplaced entries may be
submitted elsewhere. The winning entrant will be offered a contract by SpellBound Books
Ltd to have their novel published by SpellBound Books Ltd in digital and paperback form.

Royalties payable to the author will be paid in accordance with the contract. Royalties
payable to SpellBound Books Ltd will be remitted to The Writers' Summer School.

Good luck with your entries, 2023 Delegates!

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