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Looking for Love: $10,000 Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts

Quirk Books' $10,000 Fiction Contest

Philadelphia-based publishing company Quirk Books has announced a new competition for unpublished manuscripts. Called ‘Looking for Love’, the winner will receive US$10,000 (an advance on future royalties) and publication of their work.
The competition is open to both professional and amateur writers, and entrants can be of any nationality and based anywhere in the world. Manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words, be written in English and feature a love story.
Visit the Quirk Books website to download the entry form or for further information. Entries close Tuesday 1 October 2013.
Quirk Books was founded in 2002 and publishes around 25 books each year. Their bestselling titles include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
For more writing competitions and publication opportunities check out our June and July Opportunities for Writers list.




  1. Peter Carey (but not the Booker Prize winner of the same name)
    22 August 2013 / 12:07 am

    Can anyone tell me if there is a word maximum as well as a word minimum? I’m about to submit my novel “Comfort Zones” to a publisher in the next fortnight which is 147,000 words. It is definitely in the ‘boy meets girl’ genre.

    • Aerogramme Writers' Studio
      21 September 2013 / 9:48 am

      Hi Peter. Sorry for the very late reply. According to the guidelines there is no word maximum, though many publishers do prefer manuscripts under 100,000 words (but there are always exceptions). Best of luck with your novel.

      • Peter Carey (but not the Booker Prize winner of the same name)
        21 September 2013 / 3:25 pm

        Thank you for that information. I had actually forgotten I’d sent the original question. While it is tempting to submit “Comfort Zones”, given that its 247,000 words, it might be a bit much and definitely outside your guidelines.

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