You know for the whole month of January, the idea of meeting the deadline for this competition has really motivated me to write. Now that I'm almost ready to enter I'm getting a touch of nerves.
Competition is run by A and C Black, publishers of the Writers' and Artists' yearbook.
You've got to submit the first ten thousand words of your manuscript plus a one page synopsis. The first 100 people get their full manuscript critiqued by The Literary Consultancy and the top three get their work submitted to an agent. No promises there, but that's fair enough.
These three conditions bother me
9. By submitting an entry all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry on www.acblack.com, www.bloomsbury.com and in any publicity material in the event of their entry winning the competition.
12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the winning entries.
13. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.
Say for example I win, but I don't get picked up their agent and I have to go looking for one myself, would having the first ten thousand words of my book on their website be a potential liability.
Also, the may enter into an arrangement with Bloomsbury clause. That's a take it or leave it on both sides is it?
And what about, we can change the rules as we see fit. Is that ok. I know they are a reputable company but I just wonder is this prize worth winning.
What do the people in the know think? What does anybody think. Here's the link to the rules.