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*** ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2021 NEW VOICES AWARD ***
CAPITAL CRIME PRESENTS THE AMAZON PUBLISHING NEW VOICES AWARD
Capital Crime is running an exciting new competition, sponsored by Amazon Publishing, to discover new voices in the crime and thriller fiction community, and to further their writing careers.
Use the submission form below to upload the first three chapters of your unpublished crime, mystery or thriller novel to our system. All existing Capital Crime ticket holders and Capital Crime Book Club subscribers will have access to your work and will have the opportunity to vote on their favourite!
Entries cost £10.
The entry portal will close at midnight GMT on 3rd August 2021.
The winner will receive £1000, complimentary registration to the next Capital Crime Festival, a trophy, and a potential offer of publication from Thomas & Mercer, the mystery and thriller imprint of Amazon Publishing.
PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR ENTRY AS A PDF AND ONLY UPLOAD THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS OF YOUR NOVEL.
SUBMISSIONS THAT DON’T MEET THESE TWO CRITERIA (PDF & ONLY THREE CHAPTERS) WILL BE REJECTED AND THE SUBMISSION FEE WILL BE RETAINED.
The competition is open to unpublished mystery, thriller, and crime fiction manuscripts in English from writers around the world.
Click here for full terms and conditions. By submitting your work, you agree to the terms and conditions.
Q1. Are entries anonymous?
A1. No, please submit your name with your entry. A nom de plume or pen name is fine.
Q2. I don’t have an agent. Can I still enter?
A2. Absolutely. Please write ‘None’ in the agent box.
Q3. I’ve previously self-published the manuscript I want to submit to the Amazon Publishing New Voices Award. Is that allowed?
A3. Unfortunately not. We don’t mind if an author has previously self-published other books, but we’re looking for previously unpublished entries.
Q4. My novel has a prologue. Should I still submit the first three chapters?
A4. A short prologue can be included in addition to the first three chapters. If your prologue is longer, it should be counted as one of your three chapters, if you would like to include it; otherwise please just submit the first three chapters.
Q5. Who reads my work? How does the voting and judging process work?
A5. All entries will receive an initial read-through by Capital Crime organisers. This is to confirm that each entry adheres to the specific entry requirements. All eligible entries will then be uploaded to the Capital Crime New Voices website where all Capital Crime Festival ticket holders and Book Club subscribers can vote for their five favourite entries. The top ten most voted entries will form a shortlist to be announced via the Capital Crime social channels in September 2021. In the unlikely case that more than ten entries receive enough votes from Capital Crime Festival ticket holders and Book Club subscribers to place them on the finalist shortlist (i.e. one or more entry has the same number of votes as another entry in the top ten), these entries will also be read and reviewed by the Capital Crime Advisory Board and considered finalists. Following this, Capital Crime’s Advisory Board of agents, editors and journalists, including Amazon Publishing Editor Victoria Haslam and Thomas & Mercer author Tariq Ashkanani, will review the top ten (or more) entries and vote for the winning entry.
Q6. Where does my £10 entry fee go?
A6. Capital Crime collects this as an administrative fee to fund the winner’s prize money. Any surplus money will be used to support Capital Crime’s social outreach initiative.
Q7. What genres are eligible?
A7. This competition is focused on finding new voices in the mystery, thriller, and crime fiction genres, including but not limited to procedural, historical crime, literary crime, and international crime. If you have any questions or queries about whether your submission matches the competition requirements please get in touch with the team, prior to submitting your manuscript, at email@example.com before 27 July 2021.
Q8. Are co-written manuscripts eligible?
A8. Yes, though the prize money and offer of publication will be split amongst co-writers.
Q9. Do you have to be a debut author to win the Amazon Publishing New Voices Award?
A9. No. Previously published authors are eligible so long as the manuscript entered has never been published.
Q10. Are the finalists or the winner guaranteed to receive a publication offer from Thomas & Mercer?
A10. Thomas & Mercer plans to offer a publishing deal to the winner of the New Voices Award. This is a non-binding offer of publication at Thomas & Mercer’s sole discretion, with a 6-month exclusivity period and is subject to additional terms being agreed with the winner. Finalists for the New Voices Award will also be considered for a non-binding offer of publication at Thomas & Mercer’s sole direction, with a 3-month exclusivity period. See terms and conditions for more information.
Q11. How do I submit my entry to the Amazon Publishing New Voices Award?
A11. Please follow the step-by-step instructions on the Capital Crime website.
Q12. Why is Amazon Publishing sponsoring the New Voices Award?
A12. The team at Amazon Publishing is passionate about connecting readers with great books. This competition allows the team to work outside typical channels to discover writers who can bring a fresh and distinct perspective to the mystery, thriller, and crime fiction genre. Amazon Publishing is especially keen for the opportunity to connect with underrepresented writers from around the world.
Q13. Where can I address specific questions about the Amazon Publishing New Voices Award?
A13. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q14. Who will sit on the judging panel for the Amazon Publishing New Voices Award?
A14. Amazon Publishing Editor Victoria Haslam will serve on the judging panel for the Amazon Publishing New Voices Award, alongside Thomas & Mercer author Tariq Ashkanani and Capital Crime’s Advisory Board.
Q15. Who is Victoria Haslam?
A15. Victoria Haslam is an editor for Thomas & Mercer, Lake Union Publishing, and Little A imprints in the UK. Before joining Amazon Publishing in 2020, Victoria was commissioning editor at Audible UK where she acquired titles for the company’s first list of audiobook Audible Originals across all genres, and worked on developing great listens and shaping transformational audio content. Prior to that, Victoria worked with a few independent trade and B2B publishers in a variety of roles – mostly in editorial, foreign rights, and digital positions. Outside of the office, Victoria loves aerial arts, cooking, and travelling as much as possible. Follow Victoria on Twitter.
Q16. Who is Tariq Ashkanani?
A16. Tariq Ashkanani is a solicitor based in Edinburgh, where he also runs WriteGear, a Kickstarter company that sells high-quality notebooks for writers, and WriteGear’s podcast Page One. He had no formal writing training or consultation prior to writing his debut thriller Welcome to Cooper, scheduled for publication by Thomas & Mercer in October 2021. He is currently working on a follow-up thriller.
Q17. What is Thomas & Mercer?
A17. Thomas & Mercer is the mystery and thriller imprint of Amazon Publishing. Learn more here.
Q18. What is Amazon Publishing?
A18. Amazon Publishing is a leading trade publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with a mission to empower outstanding storytellers and connect them with readers worldwide. We publish emerging, bestselling, and critically-acclaimed authors in digital, print, and audio formats. With Amazon’s drive for innovation and passion for books, we merge technology and art to support our authors and help their stories change the world. Learn more here.