In light of the logistical challenges posed to aspiring writers by COVID-19, Soho is
delaying the closing of submissions until June 1, 2020.
Peter Lovesey and Soho editorial staff send our best wishes for health and safety to every entrant. We send our warmest support to medical workers; grocery store, delivery service, and transit workers; and other essential personnel who are working overtime; to our friends who have experienced changes in their employment due to the pandemic; and to our friends who are juggling jobs and childcare or care for other family members. Since judging will also be delayed by the extended submission period, the winner will be announced on December 1, 2020.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Fifty years ago, Peter Lovesey—who would go on to become an MWA Grand Master and a CWA Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award-winner—published his first mystery novel, Wobble to Death, after winning a first novel contest he stumbled across in an English newspaper. Over 40 novels (and a few television series) later, he has gone on to become one of the most respected mystery writers at work today.
To celebrate Peter Lovesey's incredible career and its unusual beginnings, Soho Crime is proud to present the Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest, in which one debut crime/mystery author will be awarded a publication contract with Soho Crime.*
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CONTEST?
Any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the contest rules. Employees of Soho Press and members of their immediate families living in the same household (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate) are not eligible to enter.
WHAT TYPE OF NOVEL IS ELIGIBLE?
For the purpose of this Contest, a “Crime Novel” means a work of fiction of at least 30,000 words that features any of the characteristics outlined in detail in the contest rules.
WHAT IS THE PRIZE?
If a winner is selected, he or she will be offered the opportunity to enter into a publication agreement with Soho Press. After execution of the standard form author's agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against
future royalties of $10,000 (ten thousand US dollars).
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY?
All submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on June 1, 2020
WHO IS JUDGING THE ENTRIES?
The editorial staff of Soho Crime will select a shortlist of two (2) or three (3) Finalists, and the winner will be selected from among the Finalists by Peter Lovesey.
HOW DO I ENTER?
To enter into this contest, you must first read and agree to the complete contest rules, which contain the
complete method of entry. Any entries that do not abide by entry rules are subject to disqualification.
*VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by law. Must be 18 years or older at time of entry. No purchase necessary.