How to Submit Your Fabulous Novel

Round 1 – email

Your email should introduce you, the title of your book, its word count and genre. It should also feature a blurb – you know the few paragraphs on the back of a novel that tell you ‘enough’ of what it’s about, so that you’re tempted to open the cover and read the first line. The blurb that ‘sells’ your book should be no more than 200 words.

Attached to your email should be three documents – all in MS Word (.doc not .docx)

  1. A one-page cover letter that includes your name, contact information (email, phone, snail-mail address); the title and genre of your novel; and a brief bio. Your bio should include any previous publications (short stories or novels) in any paying market, and the publisher; plus any credentials, life skills or qualifications that may be relevant to your novel.
  2. A three to five-page synopsis of the entire book. This should include all important plot elements, including the end of the story, an insight into (main)-character development.
  3. The first three chapters (but no more than 10,000 words) of your book; prepared in standard manuscript format.

Standard manuscript format = margins of 2.5cm (25 mm) all the way around; indented paragraphs, without line breaks between; double-spaced text; 12 point Times New Roman.

Do not justify the text.

Make sure the header – on every page – of your manuscript includes either your name or the title of the book (top left) and the page number (top right).