The Cornerstones WowFactor Writing Competition 2013

Are you a new writer?

Cornerstones, the UK’s leading literary consultancy, is coming together with a panel of top UK agents to hunt for debut writers with the ‘Wow’ factor.  

Cornerstones is hungry to find two dazzling manuscripts (one children’s and one adult) with that extra something. ‘It’s tough for a new writer to break into the publishing arena. But debut writers and self-publishing successes are great publicity hooks so we’re feeling confident and excited about this competition,’ says founder and co-director Helen Corner.

The Cornerstones WowFactor competition 2013 will be judged by a panel of agents and is a great opportunity to get your work seen by the trade.

Log on to their website for the Terms and Conditions and Guidelines before submitting.

Entry fee is £10 and is open to writers over 18yrs in the UK and abroad. Manuscripts must be complete, and the author unagented; self-published writers may also enter. The initial submission will be the first five pages and synopsis; a longlist of twenty writers will then submit the next 20 pages, from which a shortlist of six writers will have their full MS read. One adult and one children’s writer will then be selected for the prize.

Submit your entries with the subject line, WowFactor, to helen@cornerstones.co.uk. Entry fee £10, competition entry ends 29th March 2013, winners announced July 2013.

Agents will choose two winners in July 2013 from the shortlist to receive a critique from Cornerstones (retail value £400 and upwards) including a brainstorm session with the editor afterwards, potentially leading to agent representation.

Authors such as Lezanne Clannachan, Sarwat Chadda, Ava McCarthy, Celia Bryce, Jane Hardstaff, Kate Scott and Ellen Renner have gone on to secure publishing deals after working with Cornerstones. ‘It launched me into the world of publishing,’ says Ellen, previous winner of the WowFactor competition, award-winning writer of Castle of Shadows and City of Thieves, Orchard.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for writers to win a free critique and to be considered by agents. We’re all hoping to discover and launch new talent and to start 2013 with a bang.’

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