£5k publishing deal up for grabs

If you’re putting the finishing touches to your latest thriller then this competition may be for you. The publishers Quercus have teamed up with Psychologies magazine to offer a publishing deal to one lucky aspiring novelist.

This looks like a pretty good deal for an unpublished author, Quercus are home to the crime novelist Peter May, some bloke called Stieg Larsson and they published “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k” which is a great title.

You’ll also be getting representation from David Higham Associates, which is also a pretty big deal given that they rep Bernard Cornwell and Stephen Fry.

The catch, such as it is, is that you’ll need to buy the summer 2017 issue of Psychologies magazine to get the entry form. You’ll also need to have your novel ready to go as well as providing samples. The closing date is 6th October 2017, so get a shift on.

Shortlisted entrants who don’t win will get a written feedback report from the editors at Quercus.

It’s hard enough to get an agent, let alone one like David Higham Associates, and getting published is harder still so this looks like a great foot in the door for someone. I rather wish I had a thriller on the go myself.


About Mark Willoughby

Mark Willoughby is the author of "After the Event" an adventure story set in a future full of superheroes, giant robots and aliens. He is currently working on a spy novel so he has a very dodgy looking search history.

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