Thursday, 18 December 2014


Yesterday we met the lovely Helen Hart from Silverwood Books. In her interview she mentioned a fantastic writing competition. Well, as promised, here is more information about the competition. Good luck to everyone who enters. 

Fancy winning a publishing deal?

We catch up with Helen Hart, Publishing Director at SilverWood Books. Helen's company SilverWood ( is working with Kobo Writing Life ( to offer a new writing competition. Helen says, 'Our competition is open to self-published or unpublished writers, and we're really excited by this. There aren't many competitions that support self-published works, so I jumped at the chance when Kobo Writing Life suggested we work together on a competition. We announced the opportunity at our recent Writing & Self-Publishing Open Day, hence the name."

Writers working on a novel will be interested to know they can enter just a synopsis and their first chapter, and be in with a chance of winning (although they will need to have completed the novel, of course!). The SilverWood editorial team will review entries and compile a shortlist of 8 for the judging panel, which includes television presenter and author Dr Sanjida O'Connell, Kobo Young Adult fiction bestseller Shayna Krishnasamy, and Helen herself.

The winner will receive a copy-edit, professional cover design, and publication as an ebook published by Kobo and short-run paperback printed by sponsors Berforts Information Press. Dale Burgess, Sales & Marketing Manager at Berforts, says: "After working with SilverWood Books since 2010 on a range of print projects, we're delighted to be supporting the writing competition with them." The lucky runner up will receive a Kobo Aura H2O, the new waterproof e-reading device.

The Judges
Dr Sanjida O'Connell is a television broadcaster and the author of 8 books including, Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World. She says, 'I'm looking forward to being immersed in someone else's imaginary world, being absorbed by their use of words and transported by their story.'

Shayna Krishnasamy is a writer of literary and young adult fiction, and a Kobo bestseller. She's currently participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), trying to complete 50,000 words of a new novel in just 30 days. Shayna says, 'I love reading the work of new writers. I'm really looking forward to discovering a new and original voice.'

Helen Hart has been a published author since 1999. One of her Young Adult novels, written as Maya Snow, was shortlisted for the Solihull Children's Book Award 2010. She says, 'I have a feeling the standard is going to be high in this competition, and that it's going to be a challenge to choose a winner!'

 To find out more about the competition, please visit

To enter the competition and submit your manuscript, click this link:

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