Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2021
Writing Competition Details
Winner receives Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line Edit (Prize Value $2,500).
Closes 6PM Friday 18 December 2020
Maximum 80,000 words.
$45AU Entry Fee
*The entry fee is required to remunerate judges for the assessment process. Entrants will receive judges’ feedback on their submission.
Hawkeye Publishing may offer the winner a publishing contract. (Note: this is not a guarantee of publication, but the possibility of).
Read Long-List Announcement for last year’s manuscript competition. Short-List will be announced soon. Winner to be announced on 16 March 2020.
(Sponsorship Opportunities Available – Contact Carolyn)
Hawkeye Publishing extends a huge thank you to our Sponsor, Brisbane Writers Workshop, for provision of the winner’s Structural Assessment.
Brisbane Writer’s Workshop has over 80 published titles to their portfolio of edited works.
Editing, Proofreading, Production, Publishing, Distribution & PR supplied by Hawkeye Publishing.
- Authors of commercial Adult and Young Adult fiction and non-fiction written in English can apply.
- Manuscripts submitted by applicants must be their own original, unpublished work and should be strong commercial fiction, including but not limited to contemporary women’s fiction, science fiction, romance, crime and YA, or commercial non-fiction, including but not limited to memoir, biography, history, self-help, business.
- The following types of work are not eligible:
- Poetry, plays, short stories
- Works intended for the academic or educational market
- Cookery manuscripts
- Travel narratives.
- Manuscripts for adult fiction and non-fiction must be a maximum of 80,000 words in length.
- Emerging and established writers are invited to apply.
- Entry to the program is open to applicants world-wide who write for an English-speaking audience.
must be aged 18 years or older.
Entry and Assessment Process
- Applicants must submit a 300-word synopsis (include genre and full manuscript word-count), the first 50 pages of their manuscript, and a one-page plan demonstrating to judges that the applicant understands their audience, knows how to reach them, and can successfully market their book.
- Manuscripts must be formatted as per industry standard – 12-point Times New Roman font. The first line of each paragraph should be indented, the text should be 1.5 line spaced with at least 3cm margins, and aligned left.
- Your manuscript and synopsis must not include your name or any identifying marks to enable the ‘blind’ judging process.
- Synopses should be 1.5 line spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman. Please see Queensland Writers Centre’s Writing a Synopsis resources for tips.
- Applications must be accompanied by a completed application form and the entry fee.
- Applicants may enter more than one manuscript; however, each submission must be accompanied by its own application form and entry fee.
- Judges are looking for exceptional writing and story telling, originality, and viability of your book in the self-published marketplace.
- Shortlisted applicants must submit a full-length draft of their manuscripts within 72 hours of being notified they are a finalist.
- The winner will be announced on Monday 16 March 2021.
Director Hawkeye Publishing + Author, Carolyn Martinez
Director Brisbane Writers Workshop, Lauren Daniels.
Third judge: TBA.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
entering a manuscript in the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize – a writing competition – you agree to be bound by the
following terms and conditions.
- Entries close 6PM Friday 18 December 2020
- The maximum word limit is 80,000 words.
- Entries can be non-fiction, fiction, or fiction inspired by true events.
- The winner receives a Author Coaching, Structural Edit & Line Edit on submitted manuscript.
- Entry is online only. Attach your entry as a .pdf or Word document (.doc) file via the entry form (left).
- Entries must be the original work of the applicant and must not be published in any form or currently offered for publication.
- If you prefer your book published under a pseudonym, there is an optional field on the entry form.
- Entrants are welcome to submit more than one manuscript. There is no limit on number of entries. A separate entry form, and separate entry fee of $45AU (incl. GST) must accompany each entry.
- You must acknowledge any quotes from other writers that you use.
- Staff of Hawkeye Publishing and the nominated judges and their family members are not eligible to enter the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize.
- Entrants must be aged 18 years and over.
- The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with either the judges, or the staff as to the winning decision.
- The winning author may be offered a publishing contract with Hawkeye Publishing, but this is not guaranteed.
- The winner will be required to participate in media-related events associated with the competition.
- By supplying your contact details you agree to us sending you opt-out correspondence.
- Hawkeye Publishing will make all reasonable attempt to fulfil the Prize Package by 31 December 2021.
- The author agrees to work productively, openly and efficiently with the Structural Editor, and Editor to achieve a quality manuscript. The author acknowledges that the prize package includes industry professionals in their respective fields.