Monday, 4 August 2014

#loveatfirstwrite Competition

Corvus announces talent scout partnership with


Corvus and are launching a competition to find an exciting new voice in romantic fiction.

Corvus, Atlantic’s commercial imprint, and, one of the UK’s leading book recommendation and discovery websites, have teamed up to create an exciting opportunity for a new romantic novelist to be published.

The LoveAtFirstWrite talent scout will encourage aspiring writers to send in their proposal for a romantic novel, based around a couple’s first meeting. From Romeo and Juliet’s fateful kiss to Elizabeth’s clash with the proud, rude Mr Darcy at the Meryton ball, writers have proved that true love springs from the most unlikely of encounters. LoveAtFirstWrite is looking for a romantic novel with an original set-up, written with flair and charm, so that its creator can find their happy-ever-after with their new publisher.

Entrants for LoveAtFirstWrite should be able to describe their characters’ first meeting in a tweet, followed by a book synopsis and first chapter emailed to

 Entries will be read by the Corvus editorial team, then a shortlist judged by a dedicated panel of experts, including Maddie West (Corvus Editorial Director), Sarah Broadhurst (Lovereading Lead Reviewer), Elisabeth Gifford (author of The Secrets of the Sea House) and Lindsey Mooney (Kobo Vendor Manager, UK & Ireland).

The campaign will run online via Twitter @CorvusBooks and @LovereadingUK, Facebook,, and The aim of LoveAtFirstWrite is to encourage new and aspiring writers to think romantically and creatively and have some fun in the process. The winning novelist will have their book published by Corvus.

The #Loveatfirstwrite competition will run for one month online, between 12th September and 12th October 2014.

Conditions of Entry:

• The story can come from any genre of romantic fiction but the entry must show the protagonists’ first meeting.

• Entrants will need to submit a book synopsis and the first chapter (no more than 5,000 words) to during the specified time period

• Entrants must not have been previously published.

• Entrants are also encouraged to tweet how their characters meet in less than 140 characters @CorvusBooks and @LovereadingUK

The winner will be announced in November 2014, and will have their novel published by Corvus

as an eBook and paperback original in 2015.

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