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The Big Five Competition is BACK!

Brought to you by Triskele Books


Win a year’s mentoring from Triskele Books - from manuscript to publication - worth over £5000!


Last year's winner, Sophie Wellstood on her prize:


"The mentoring from the Triskele team has been exceptional on every level: friendly, enthusiastic, professional, and above all, so brilliantly skilful that after working on Catriona’s editorial advice, I started pitching to literary agents. Within three days of sending the novel out I received (and accepted) an offer of representation. Forever grateful."


Triskele is based on a commitment to great writing, professional presentation and a strong sense of place. As well as ethical operation and support for other writers. So those FIVE principles underpin our second great opportunity.


The Big Five #thebigfive


The competition is open to ANY author, whether previously published or unpublished. However, the manuscript submitted must be previously unpublished.


You can pick and choose any or all of the elements of the mentorship to suit your needs, whether you decide to produce just an ebook and not paperbacks, no matter who you decide to use for distribution, or if you have already had your manuscript edited. Triskele Books is here to help the winner achieve their publishing goals.



The Prize: A year’s mentorship – from manuscript to publication.



The Beginning:


Professional editor Catriona Troth and Triskele founder member JJ Marsh read your work and deliver two full critiques


Catriona Troth guides you through the rewrite


Liza Perrat and Gillian Hamer provide fine detail copy-editing


Our proofreader ensures the text is ready for publication



The Middle:


JJ Marsh helps you write your blurb, strapline & bio, and advises on metadata


JD Smith creates your ideal book cover and formats the interior for ebook publication


Liza Perrat gives advice on seeking reviewers, blog tours and using Goodreads


The team assist you in uploading your final product to key ebook retailers



The End:


Gillian Hamer will review your platform (eg, website/blog), suggest how to improve your reach and give a tutorial on social media


JJ Marsh offers an advertising tutorial on key social media platforms


The Triskele team discuss possible launch ideas for your book’s release


We offer publicity opportunities via Words with JAM, Bookmuse and our wider network


We invite you to collaborate on articles, features and promotions on the benefits of mentorship



The Timescale


The deadline for entries is 13th July 2018.


A shortlist of six will be announced on 1 August.


The six shortlisted entrants will be invited to submit

their first 10 pages by 1 September.


Judge Roz Morris will select one winner to be

announced on Friday 4 November 2018.


Roz Morris is a professional writer, editor and writing blogger. She's sold more than 4 million copies of books worldwide, as a ghostwriter for high-profile authors.


After editing for a leading literary consultancy in London, she is now a freelance book doctor. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper and blogs for Writers & Artists Yearbook. As for her own books, she writes quirky literary fiction.


There is only one prize and the judge’s decision is final.



How To Enter


The competition is open to any writer, anywhere in the world, with a complete UNPUBLISHED manuscript of up to 100,000 words.


Submit a Word document using the form below containing:


1.     A brief summary as to why you deserve this mentorship (300 words max)


2.     A one page synopsis of your upcoming publication (500 words max)


3.     The opening page of your manuscript


4.     Your Paypal payment reference number


Please DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, put your name ANYWHERE on your Word Document as it will be judged anonymously.


The entry fee is £10.00 payable by Paypal.


You can submit more than one entry. Each entry is £10. Please submit each entry separately.


If you have any problems completing the online entry form, please email your Word Document(s) to [email protected] and include the information requested on the entry form in the body of the email.



A Few Rules


  • It is vital that you read the competition rules before submitting. There aren't many!


  • Entries must be unpublished, either online or in print. (Manuscripts uploaded to peer review sites are accepted.)


  • We will not return or keep entries after the winners have been announced. Please keep your own copy.


  • Entries must be in English.


  • Online entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours, when we have had chance to give them a reference on our system.


  • No alterations may be made to an entry once it has been submitted.


  • Copyright remains with the authors. However, Words with JAM/Triskele Books retain the right to publish the first 10 pages of the shortlisted entrants and the first 5,000 words of the published, winning manuscript in publicity and on its website.


  • Entries from regular columnists of Words with JAM, members of Triskele Books, or any person assisting in the judging process, will not be accepted.


  • There is only one prize. No cash alternative is available.


  • The judge’s decision is final.


  • By entering the competition you are agreeing to the rules above.



Pay for 1 entry £10

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