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Offline RicardoFayet

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Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:09:55 AM »
Reedsy and Authors.me are co-organizing a writing competition for thriller authors. You can find more info on the homepage, but to keep this short:
  • entry is free
  • cash prizes + free edits and cover designs for the winners
  • open to anyone in the UK or US (over 18) with a thriller novel
  • you must have the ebook & print rights to said novel
  • deadline for entry is March 31st

Full disclosure: I'm a founder at Reedsy, so feel free to ask me any questions about the competition in this thread!

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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 11:19:46 AM »

  • open to anyone in the UK or US (over 18) with a thriller novel

Got excited until I saw that. Poor Canadians left out again not to mention the rest the of the world.

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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2016, 11:49:13 AM »
Yeah, sorry about that, Serena :(
The problem is that as soon as you offer cash prizes, contest rules are different in every country according to the law, and it's impossible to cater the T&Cs to everyone I promise we'll make the effort to include Canada on the next one.

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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2016, 12:55:47 PM »
Is this a raffle or an actual judged competition? I only ask because this is strange verbiage that I don't generally see on competitions.

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Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received throughout the Contest Period.

The deadline is March 31st and winners announced on May 9th. That is an incredibly tight deadline for two separate rounds of judging. I'm a volunteer judge for the Ben Franklin awards, and we normally get a little over two months to review submissions. And we're only doing one round of review.

I don't have a thriller myself, but I have some author friends that may be interested. But I just want to get clarification before I share with them.

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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2016, 03:59:00 AM »
This is an actually judged competition, not a raffle. The deadline for judging is tight but our judges are aware of this, and we have an editorial team who will do a pre-selection first should the number of submissions received exceed 100.

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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2016, 04:41:44 AM »
What's the definition of thriller? Does an historical thriller/mystery count, or should it be contemporary?

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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 04:55:23 AM »
Can these "thrillers" have aliens? Mind control? Robots? Alien mind control robots? Dinosaurs who drive armed and armored race cars in a brutal televised competition?
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Re: Free Writing Competition (with cash prizes) for Thriller authors
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2016, 05:01:26 AM »
Good to see you here, David! Yes, historical thrillers count. Basically, any cross-genre thriller counts as long as the "thriller" element is predominant. So 'cozy' mysteries or crime are out, but historical thrillers or techno-thrillers are in.

If there are alien mind control robots, I'd say that the main theme of the novel wouldn't be "thriller", rather sci-fi. Basically ask yourself: if/when I put this book up on Amazon, would I put it in the "thriller" category (or a thriller sub-category)? If not, then it's not for this competition.

That said, if you have a doubt, feel free to submit, it's free after all  :)

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