Sunday 20 May 2018

Write a Love Story - Competition Opportunity...

Love has been very high profile this weekend with the marriage of the Queen's grandson Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle yesterday (19th).

The (now) Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked so happy. The sun was shining on their wedding, bathing everyone in Windsor with the feeling of goodwill and happiness- and probably a large portion of those watching the events on their television or computer too.

If you're into romance writing, here's an opportunity to be published by Trapeze, an imprint of Orion Books. There's prize money and mentoring for the winner- if everything completes...

Don't forget to check their answers to some important questions on the FAQ page. It does clarify who can enter.

Dating site eharmony are running the competition with Trapeze books to find, as they put it, "the next great love story".

The competition opened on the 16th May and the closing date is the 30th July.

You "submit the first 5,000 words of a love story, along with a synopsis and short biography to" - it will need to be a full-length novel.

Before you rush into entering there's an important line in the terms and condition, so some research is needed.

"The entries will be judged on the quality of the writing and storytelling, how well it fits the Criteria, and the potential based on the synopsis for a full length novel that would fit with books published under the Trapeze imprint." (From competition details.)

The criteria is the 500 word synopsis and the first 5,000 words of the novel (they're calling this the 'proposal').

Trapeze was launched autumn 2016 to publish commercial fiction and non-fiction. The Orion Publishing Group say " Trapeze’s fiction list will publish books by standout voices in the crime, psychological suspense and women’s fiction areas." (From About Orion.)

You can find out the full details of the prize on the eharmony page.

The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of six proposals.

But, do read and understand the terms and conditions of the competition.

Good luck if you enter...

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Helen Baggott said...

Always good to write when in the right 'mood'. Romance is certainly in the air at the moment.

Helen Laycock said...

Ah, I'd only go and kill someone off, so I'd better steer clear.
Good luck if you decide to enter, Carol!

Julia Thorley said...

Thanks for the info, Carol. I'm not sure I could write a romantic novel, though I have done a few soppy short stories.

Carolb said...

Helen B - yes, there was a lot of love and romance around with the coverage of the royal wedding.

Helen L - Killing someone off as long as it's off the page would be okay in a romance based thriller. ;)

I'm not entering as my writing wouldn't fit their imprint.

Julia - soppy stories can be good.x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Will have a look, Carol, thanks.

Carolb said...

Rosemary - you may find the FAQ most relevant to your circumstances.

Wendy's Writing said...

Thank you, Carol. I’m not sure my novel has enough romance it it bu5 I’ll take a look.

Carolb said...

Wendy - with your current writing situation it may be worth considering if you aren't ruled out by any of the conditions of the competition.x