Competition 3

Impressing the Publisher

In less than 1000 words, write a professional yet eye-catching proposal for a fiction or non-fiction book.

1,000 words maximum

These 1000 words should consist of:

1). Synopsis: 200 – 300 words

  • Chapter outline & synopsis of plot/premise

2). Author Biography: 50 to 100 words

3). Marketing 50 to 100 words

  • Concept, audience, social media

4). Sample (remainder up to 1,000 words)

  • If you choose to submit a proposal for non-fiction, your sample should consist of a detailed chapter plan.
  • If your proposal is for a fiction story, your sample should be an extract from the first chapter.

The maximum size of your sample will depend on how many words you used for the synopsis, author biography, and marketing.

For example, if your synopsis is 250 words, your biography 100 words and your is marketing is 50 words, you will have used 400 of your 1000 words, leaving you 600 words for your sample.  There is no minimum for the sample so you could write less than what you have available, but you need to ensure that what you have written has a good hook and captures your story.

Deadline: 21st February 2016

Free entry for NWC members.  £3 entry fee or non-members.  All entries will receive an expert critique.

All entries must be submitted on one side of A4, double spaced where appropriate.  Work to be unpublished and not entered into previous Circle competitions.

Before submitting your entry please check our competition guidelines.

Entries to be delivered to a meeting or mailed to the NWC Competitions Secretary: norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk

 

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