for writers and readers….

Have you got a book in you? Daydream no more – a chance to get published

Novel writing competition Woman magazine and Accent Press Ltd are searching for a new star of contemporary women’s fiction. They are looking for novels by new, previously unpublished writers. The winner will recieve:

  • a contract with Accent Press to publish their novel next autumn

  • a week-long writing holiday at Chez Castillon, a writer’s retreat in the Bordeaux region of France (worth over £800).

  • Woman magazine will also feature the winner and their book – read-made promotion in a large circulation national magazine.

How to enter

The competition is open to all unpublished writers living and working in the UK and the deadline is midnight on Sunday, November 30 2014.

Send a full-synopsis (maximum 1,000 words) and the first three chapters of your novel up to a maximum of 8,000 words.

Your entry must include your full name, address, phone number (mobile where possible), occupation, date of birth, a brief autobiography (maximum 200 words) and an author photo. These will be required to market the winning book.

Send your entries to using the title Woman Writing Competition. For all the rules and conditions click here. And follow every single one to the letter…

Amendments cannot be made after submission and no correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.


The copyright in each story submitted remains with the author.

By entering the writer must undertake to us that their entry is not in breach of any third party intellectual property rights and will not contain anything, which is defamatory, indecent, harassing or threatening and that they will indemnify us for any loss, damage or liability arising should this turn out not to be true.


First Prize: The winner will win a publishing contract with Accent Press to publish their novel next autumn. The winning author will be featured in Woman magazine and their book will be reviewed on publication.

The winner will also get the opportunity to nurture their talent on a week-long  French writing holiday.  Chez Castillon is an 18th Century French townhouse and writer’s and artist’s retreat in the heart of Castillon La Bataille on the beautiful river Dordogne. Owned by British actors Mike Wilson and Janie Millman, it is a charming haven of creativity and offers a calendar of writing, painting and drawing courses, led by well-known writers and painters. Your prize will be a week-long Plot to Publication writing course led by best-selling fiction writer  Jane Wenham-Jones,  Saturday 2nd May to Friday 8th May 2015 which would normally cost £895. In addition to tutor Jane Wenham-Jones,  bestselling author Katie Fforde, is going to be in residence and available to give advice on plot.

The prize includes accommodation, tuition and all meals (including wine) except for one night when you are free to sample the restaurants in town.The prize does not include any travel, insurance or additional expenses.

Second Prize: Have your work critiqued by an Accent Press editor and £100 of  Accent Press gift vouchers.

Runners-up:  Five runners-up will receive a collection of five Accent Press how-to writing books including Wannabe A Writer by Jane Wenham-Jones.

Accent Press and Chez Castillon reserve the right to amend prizes subject to availability. No alternative prizes will be offered.

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3 comments on “Have you got a book in you? Daydream no more – a chance to get published

  1. Danny Kemp
    July 10, 2014

    I tried to reblog this Bridget, but all that showed was the first paragraph. 🙂

  2. bridget whelan
    July 10, 2014

    Ah, that explains the numerous reblogging requests…! The first 150 words or so are all WordPress will allow you when you reblog.

  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Notice of a competition open to unpublished authors with a terrific prize. Thanks Bridget for sharing. So if you have been thinking about writing that book or have one in process that has not been published then what do you have to lose….go for it.

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