This is becoming an annual special: an invitation to budding authors to get their book published by professionals

The ‘Get Published’ initiatives that we featured in AlgarvePLUS last year, and the year before, attracted real interest and a weight of submissions – some surprisingly wonderful. The quality overall delighted the sponsors, The Conrad Press, who are committed to discovering and promoting talented new authors who have something to say.

Here again is the opportunity for you to become a published writer with your work produced both as a print book and an e-book in the UK, and an e-book around the world.

As previously, to enter your work, you need to send the first 3,000 words of a novel, or the first short story of a collection of short stories, or the first five poems of a selection of poems to James Essinger of The Conrad Press.

Entries again are open to a novel of between 40,000 and 80,000 words, a collection of at least five short stories with an overall length for the collection of 80,000 words, and also a collection of poems with a maximum total length of 4,000 words.

Submissions should be written in English and must either be set in the Algarve or have a strong Algarvean connection. The closing date
for the competition this year is 31 October 2022.

Only one publication deal will be awarded. The final book, if it reaches professional standards, will be published by The Conrad Press in June 2023.

All expenses of publication, including the printing of 300 paperback copies, will be met by The Conrad Press. No advance will be paid to the author but he/she will receive a 25 percent royalty on all sales of the book, both in print form and as an e-book. Also, the winner will receive 75 percent of revenue from additional Rights sales of the book, such as TV/Movie Rights, US Rights and all Translation Rights.

The winner will be able to provide ample input on the cover design and will also be asked to check over the proof of their book before it is published.

Please note that as previously, AlgarvePLUS is facilitating this competition but has no involvement with entries, or the decision-making process. Any questions should be directed by email to jamesessinger@theconradpress.com

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