The UK wing of Tor Books, along with SciFi magazine, announced a while ago that they were searching for the next great writer via a contest they were calling War of the Words. The concept was easy: submit your manuscript (80-150k words) and cross your fingers.
The rub? It was only open to aspiring writers who reside in the UK.
Luckily, they’ve come around and just recently opened the contest to everyone around the world (who… erm, have an English-language manuscript, I suppose).
Due to very popular demand, SciFiNow and Tor UK open competition, now sponsored by Play.com, to international applicants.
Aspiring writers from outside of the UK are now eligible to apply to leading consumer specialist magazine SciFiNow and SF imprint Tor UK’s competition to find the new voice in science fiction and fantasy.
Writers must submit a full synopsis of their novel, along with the first three chapters, by 20th August 2009. The judging panel is comprised of members of SciFiNow magazine and Tor UK, and a shortlist of six entries will be announced before the overall winner is revealed in SciFiNow issue 35, on sale 25 November 2009.
The rules and regulations:
1. The winner will receive a publishing contract with Macmillan Publishers Limited for publication in 2010 dependent on publishing schedules. For the purposes of this competition we will pay the winning author a 20% royalty on net receipts but there will be no advance (i.e. an advance payment against future sales). Our contract is non-negotiable and we acquire world rights, with rights revenue split 50/50. We also reserve the option to publish the author’s second novel. The final book is intended to be published in the United Kingdom. Publication will be subject to the winner’s acceptance in writing of those terms and conditions and compliance with them.
2. All entrants must have a full length novel (being between 80,000 and 150,000 words long) completed and available upon request by the close of competition on 20 August 2009.
3. Entrants who have had a full-length novel previously published by a trade publisher anywhere in the world will not be eligible, (so you will not be excluded by virtue of having any previously self-published work). Additionally this competition is not open to employees or their immediate families of the Promoters and any companies within the Imagine Publishing Ltd. group of companies or the Macmillan Publishers Limited group of companies.
4. To be eligible, initial entries must comprise of a full synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel set in the fantasy or science fiction genre. There must be a novel completed and available for review by 20 August 2009 should the judging panel request to see the full novel. Entrants will not be put forward to the shortlist without a full novel. The synopsis and first three chapters should be double spaced and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org to be received by SciFi Now Magazine at Imagine Publishing Limited on or before the closing date of 20 August 2009 17:30 GMT.
You can find the rest of the rules and regulations HERE.
With the August 20th, 2009 deadline, there’s only a bit of time left before entries are due, so get those manuscripts polished and send them off! My own manuscript won’t be ready by then, but to all those who do enter, best of luck!