Win the chance to have your psychological thriller novel published as an ebook with Quercus and Psychologies!

Terms and Conditions

  1. The prize for this competition is an opportunity to have a book published in ebook form by Quercus, a division of Hachette UK Limited, with an Advance of £5,000 and the opportunity to be represented by a literary agent from David Higham Associates. The prize will be awarded to a debut writer for the most original and exciting crime or thriller novel. This can include police procedural, psychological thriller, historical crime, domestic suspense and supernatural suspense. For more information about the Quercus list please visit
  2. Entrants to the competition are required to submit (i) a 1,000 word maximum synopsis of the plot of their crime novel (ii) the first 5,000 words of the novel and (iii) a completed competition coupon from Psychologies magazine. The submission must be in English, and the book, of between 75,000 and 130,000 words, must be complete at the time of entry. Please submit your entry as a word-processed document, double-spaced with a font size of at least 11 point.
  3. The entries will be judged on the quality of the writing and storytelling, how well they fit the criteria in paragraphs 1 and 2 and their sales potential on the Quercus digital list. Select candidates will be contacted within one month of the closing date to submit to a panel of experts (comprised of the Quercus editorial team, Psychologies editorial team and agents of David Higham Associates) their completed novels for a longlist – this longlist will not be published and the number of titles longlisted will be determined by the panel of experts. The experts will then read and review the novels on the longlist and select a shortlist of five titles.
  4. The winner will be chosen from the shortlisted titles by a second panel of judges comprising of two Quercus editors to be determined, a staff member of Psychologies magazine, authors Lucy Atkins and Elizabeth Heathcote and an agent from David Higham Associates. The winning novel will be the one that best meets the criteria, has the best quality of writing and the most potential to be a success on Quercus’s digital list. The judges’ decision is final.
  5. The shortlisted entrants, not including the winner, will be offered a written report not exceeding 2,000 words containing critical feedback on their entry, written by a team of editorial experts at Quercus.
  6. The winner will be offered a publishing contract, such contract to be agreed between the winner and Quercus. The contract will set out the terms and conditions relating to publication of the book including but not limited to an advance of £5,000 to be paid against royalties, the royalty percentages, details of the rights to be granted and other provisions relating to delivery and production of the book. The winner will be required to grant all rights in all languages throughout the world for the full term of copyright. Publication of the novel in forms other than ebook form will be at the discretion of Quercus. In the event that no agreement is reached between the winner and Quercus, Quercus will be at liberty to consider and select another of the shortlisted titles as the winner of the competition. The original winner may not in such a case refer to him or herself as the winner of the competition.
  7. The winner will also be offered representation by David Higham Associates on terms to be mutually agreed between the nominated agent from David Higham Associates and the winner. If the terms are not agreed no alternative representation or other prize will be substituted.
  8. Quercus reserves the right to not select any winner from the shortlisted novels if a suitable entry that meets all the criteria set out above cannot be found.
  9. By submitting their entry the entrant undertakes and warrants that the entry will consist of his or her own original work and will not infringe the intellectual property rights of anyone. If a third party’s material is used, such lyrics of a song, the entrant will secure the necessary permission and will provide it to Quercus on request. The entrant further warrants that their entry will not contain any material which is defamatory, private or confidential or which is unlawful in any way. Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from being considered for the shortlist or by the judges.
  10. Entries must be submitted by post to the following address: Psychologies Competition, Quercus, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ, UK. Entries may only be submitted between 12 a.m. BST on the 14th of July 2017 and 11:59 p.m. BST on the 6th of October 2017. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates and any entries that do not meet the requirements of these Terms and Conditions will not be eligible for entry to the competition.
  11. The names of the shortlisted entrants will be announced on 1st December 2017 in Psychologies print magazine. The entrants will be informed via email. Their names may also be publicised in other media or on social media sites.

The name of the Winner will be announced on 1st February in Psychologies print magazine. The winner will be informed via email. Their name may also be publicised in other media or on social media sites.

  1. This competition is open to all entrants aged 18 or over, resident in the United Kingdom and must not have published the entry novel in any format (including self-publishing) previously anywhere in the World. The entrant must not be already represented by an agent at the time of submission or accept representation by an agent during the judging process. Acceptance of representation by an agent during the competition will lead to disqualification.
  2. The competition is not open to employees of Kelsey Media Limited or of Quercus Editions Limited, Hachette UK Limited or companies within the Hachette UK Group, their families, or to anyone professionally connected to the competition or to the judges either themselves or through their families.
  3. An entrant may only submit one entry. Further entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk. Please keep a copy of your entry and entries will not be returned.
  4. Quercus is not responsible for contacting or responding to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries that are lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
  5. Quercus reserves the right to cancel the competition and to alter the details of the prizes or judging panels without notice. No cash alternative or other alternatives to the prizes will be provided.
  6. The names and email addresses of entrants (“Information”) will be collected by Quercus and will be used for the purpose of administering the competition and in accordance with its privacy policy which can be found here:

  1. The name and county of the winner will be provided if requested in writing after the closing date by writing to: Psychologies Competition, Quercus Editions Limited, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.
  2. By entering the competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.
  4. This competition is being organised by Quercus Editions Limited, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.