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𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗕𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱/𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 E𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 R𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀 2024

You still have until the end of February to craft and entry the SpellBound/Penny Prize.

This competition closes on 29, February 2024 and gives you and opportunity to win a publishing deal. What's not to like?

These are the rules.

The SpellBound/Penny Prize

Competition Rules:

How to Enter

1. The Prizes

First Prize: a one book publication contract to the winning entrant by SpellBound Books. Provided by SpellBound Books.

Second Prize: a £100 voucher towards the cost of Swanwick Writers’ Summer School 2024. Provided by Val Penny.

Third Prize: a £50 voucher towards the cost of Swanwick Writers’ Summer School 2024. Provided by Val Penny.

2. Eligibility

All entries must be submitted by people who attended The Writers’ Summer School in 2023 or are to attend The Writers’ Summer School in 2024. Entries must be short crime stories not in excess of 3,000 words in length entitled The Attack. Entries must be the original unpublished work of the entrant, and not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competitions or awards. No submissions will be accepted from staff or associates or authors, presently or formerly paid or published by SpellBound Books, any family members of Val Penny, or any committee members of Swanwick Writers’ Summer School.

3. Entry

The competition is free to enter but you can only submit one entry. Entries must be sent to by 12 noon on the closing date 29. February 2024.

4. Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be typed in double spacing and should be contained in a single doc or docx with a separate front page stating your name, address, mobile phone number, email address, the story title and word count. Your story should commence on the second page. Neither the first page details nor the title is included in the word count.

5. Competition Judging

The competition judges will be appointed by SpellBound Books Ltd. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

6. Notifications

Winners will be notified by 30 June 2024 after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Entries may not be submitted elsewhere for 12 months without the consent of SpellBound who retain the right to publish the entries in any form during that 12-month period.

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