• Kazoo Independent Publishing Services Special Offer


Richard & Judy’s Search For A Bestseller 2018

Article by writingie © 18 May 2018 Writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

Competition deadline: 14th June 2018

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are launching their third “Search for a Bestseller” competition to find a promising first-time writer. The prize is a £30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre with specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton.

The competition is supported by W H Smith and will open to unpublished writers. Writers must submit 10,000 words, plus a synopsis of the novel and the work must be a piece of original fiction aimed at adults.

The Richard and Judy Book Club – the biggest book club in Britain – is widely relied upon by readers to provide an abundance of writing talent a chance to shine, from debut novelists to highly acclaimed authors. In the time since they first teamed up with WHSmith to launch the book club, reading, reviewing and discovering new authors has remained something that the couple are truly passionate about.

And so, once again, Richard and Judy have launched a lucrative competition to find a first-time author with the potential to become a bestselling writer. ‘Search for a Bestseller’, supported by WHSmith, will be accepting manuscripts from unpublished authors from 19th April 2018 to 14th June 2018. Richard and Judy will then be leading the selection process, helped by editors and agents, to choose a winner who will receive a £30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton.

Richard Madeley commented: “Judy and I are so excited to host the “search for a bestseller” competition, it gives us a chance to keep doing what we both love – reading and discovering a fantastic title for our devoted Book Club audience. We can’t wait to read the submissions!”

To enter Search for a Bestseller, aspiring authors must submit 10,000 words of original fiction aimed at adults, as well as a synopsis of the full novel, via the entry form below. Scroll down for the full terms and conditions, FAQs and to submit your manuscript via our entry form. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

The website: richardandjudy.co.uk/rjbestseller (the “Website”) is the website run by Richard & Judy, WHSmith and Bonnier Zaffre (“us”/”we”/”our”) for Richard & Judy’s “Search for a Bestseller”.

Competition: through the Website, we propose to run a writing competition in order to find a new, unpublished or self-published author to be called “Search for a Bestseller” (the “Competition”).

Competition period: the Competition begins on 19th April 2018 and ends on 14th June 2018 (the “Competition Period”). We will continue to accept Competition entries until the end of the Competition Period but we will not consider any entries submitted after this period.

By entering the Competition you accept, without limitation or qualification, the Competition terms and conditions set out below (these “Terms”) without modification. By entering the Competition, you acknowledge that you are bound by these Terms. This is the case notwithstanding any subsequent acknowledgement by you of these Terms.

Please note, any phrase in these Terms introduced by the term “include”, “including”, “in particular” or similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding that term.


1: In order to enter the Competition, entrants must comply with these Terms:

1.1: be at least 18 years old. Proof of identity and age may be required. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification;

1.2: be a resident of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland;

1.3: only one entry is allowed per person. Each entry must be made directly by the person entering the Competition;

1.4: have not previously submitted your partial novel (the “Extract”) to a publishing company, literary agency or previous iterations of the Competition, nor self-published any work based on or containing the Extract;

1.5: have not had any other novel published in any format except for any self-published novels (that being a novel published independently by the author directly through a programme such as Kindle Direct Publishing or printed under their own name or imprimatur at their own expense, without the editorial, marketing, logistical or financial support of any publishing company, and where there was no contractual arrangement with any third-party excepting the distribution platform or book printer), whether under the entrant’s name or a pseudonym;

1.6: are not represented by a literary agent;

1.7: the Extract must be between 10,000 (ten thousand) to 12,000 (twelve thousand) words long and must be supported by your biography, of no more than 500 (five hundred) words and a synopsis of the complete novel of the Extract, of no more than 1,000 (one thousand) words, which can only be submitted on the application page of the Website;

1.8: the Extract must be a piece of original fiction, excluding science fiction, fantasy, children’s and teenage fiction;

1.9: the Extract is original to you and you are the sole author of the Extract and own all rights in the Extract, and that the Extract is in no way an infringement of any copyright, moral right, right of privacy or any other legal right of any person

1.10: have the right to enter the Competition and are not prevented from doing so by any other agreement.

1.11: any Extracts that are incomplete, illegible or indecipherable will not be valid and shall be deemed void.

1.12: agree to the following judging criteria:

(i) – we will shortlist several entries, the number of which will be at our discretion and shortlisted entries will be notified by 28th June 2018 and those entries that do not make the shortlist will not be notified; shortlisted entrants will need to submit a completed manuscript by 28th December 2018 to be considered for the Prize;

(ii) – the winner (the “Winner”) will be chosen by a panel of judges comprising representatives of Bonnier Zaffre, WHSmith PLC, James Grant Media, Furniss Lawton and Richard & Judy;

(iii) – there will only be one Winner and the decision of the judges is final. No correspondence shall be entered into about the judges’ decision;

(iv) – the Winner will be contacted in writing by us by 28th June 2018;

1.13: the Winner must respond to notification from us within 21 days to be eligible for the Prize (as defined below). If the Winner cannot be contacted or is unable to comply with these Terms, we reserve the right to offer the Prize to the runner-up selected by the same panel of judges referred to above;

1.14: the Winner must agree to:

(i) – personal appearances and other promotional activity including maintaining an active social media presence as required by Bonnier Zaffre or Furniss Lawton;

(ii) – their name and image being used for promotional activity by Bonnier Zaffre, WHSmith PLC, James Grant Media, Furniss Lawton and Richard & Judy; and

(iii) – sign a publishing agreement with Bonnier Zaffre to publish and represent the Winner and to act on his/her behalf for worldwide publishing and ancillary rights in the completed novel which must be of a minimum of 80,000 words in length, conform to the submitted synopsis unless otherwise agreed with Bonnier Zaffre and be of publishable quality;

(iv) – sign a representation agreement with Furniss Lawton to represent the Winner and to act on his/her behalf for worldwide publishing and ancillary rights in the completed novel as well as the Winner’s next work of fiction.

2: Only entries which comply with the requirements set out in these Terms and have submitted their Extract, Biography and Synopsis correctly through the application page will be valid and entered into the Competition.

3: The Prize: the Winner will receive a publishing contract worth at least £30,000 (thirty thousand pounds, comprising a non-returnable advance of £30,000 and potential additional earnings dependent on sales) and the Winner’s completed novel shall be published by Bonnier Zaffre and the worldwide publishing and ancillary rights shall be exploited by Bonnier Zaffre, subject to any editorial requirements and in a manner of Bonnier Zaffre’s choosing and the Winner shall be represented by Furniss Lawton, subject to the entry into appropriate agreements with such parties. The completed novel shall also be sold and promoted by WHSmith PLC in its stores. Bonnier Zaffre shall also endeavour to sell the completed novel through other retailers. The prize is as stated and is not transferable to another individual.

4: The entrant will retain all copyright in the Extract and the completed novel.

5: Eligibility: in addition to any eligibility restrictions set out in the above, the Competition is only open to a person who is not and whose immediate family members or those living in the same household are not employed by Bonnier Zaffre, WHSmith PLC, Furniss Lawton, Richard & Judy or any of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, or advertising or promotion agencies (the “Competition Coordinators”).

6: The Competition Coordinators will use, store or otherwise process any personal information that relates to and identifies you, including but not limited to your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number and any other information collected on entry to the Competition, to the extent reasonably necessary to run this Competition, contact you regarding its outcome and provide you with information about them or any of their services or products. The Competition Coordinators will only process your personal information for the purposes described in these Terms and will not give your personal information to any third parties.

6.1: Your information may, for the purposes set out in these Terms, be disclosed for processing to:

(i) – the Competition Coordinators’ employees, affiliates, group companies and their employees and successors in title to their businesses;

(ii) – third party consultants, contractors or other service providers who may access your personal information when providing services (including but not limited to IT support services) to the Competition Coordinators;

(iii) – government bodies and law enforcement agencies and in response to other legal and regulatory requests; and

(iv) – auditors or contractors or other advisers auditing, assisting with or advising on any of our business purposes, in any jurisdiction where we operate.

6.2: By submitting any personal information to us you consent to the use of the information as set out in these Terms.

7: These Terms and Conditions may be modified or cancelled at any time without warning. Bonnier Zaffre, WH Smith PLC, James Grant Media, Furniss Lawton and Richard & Judy assume no liability for loss or damage to submitted entries due to negligence when the works are in their possession. Bonnier Zaffre, WHSmith PLC, James Grant Media, Furniss Lawton and Richard & Judy may withdraw from this Competition due to unforeseen circumstances or unsatisfactory submissions.

8: These Terms and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contract disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with English Law.

Further details available here.

%d bloggers like this: