Competition for Romance and Crime Writers


New Publishing Opportunity for underrepresented writers

The Fresh Ink award competition will give Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers the opportunity to win a publishing contract (including an advance payment and royalties) plus a bonus cash prize of £250.

Sphere and Piatkus, two of Hachette UK’s leading commercial fiction imprints, are teaming up with The Tandem Collective to launch a new writing prize that champions underrepresented voices in the popular genres of crime and romance.

The award is in response to statistics illustrating a massive lack of diversity within commercial fiction – just 4% in the crime/thriller genre.

Photo Credit: Linus Schütz from Pixabay

You need to send 5,000 words plus a synopsis of approximately 500 words and an introductory letter. For the letter, they say they would:

love to hear more about YOU and what inspired you to write and enter this competition.

Don’t forget that the intro letter…

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