Atlantic imprint Corvus has joined forces with literary agency A M Heath to launch a crime and thriller competition.
Deviant Minds is a writing prize open to unagented authors in the UK or Ireland, with an unpublished adult crime novel or thriller. The winner will be offered representation by the agency, along with an offer of digital publication from Corvus, and possible print publication to follow.
The judges are A M Heath agents Euan Thorneycroft and Oli Munson, and Corvus editorial director Sara O’Keeffe and editor Susannah Hamilton.
A spokesperson for the London-based literary agency said: “A.M. Heath is always on the lookout for new voices and new talent, so we’re thrilled to be launching a prize that welcomes and gives opportunities to unpublished writers. We know there are great undiscovered crime and thriller writers out there – and we’re excited to read many of them over the coming months.”
O’Keeffe said: “We are delighted to launch the Deviant Minds crime and thriller prize in conjunction with A.M. Heath and look forward to reading a vast array of stories. We hope that from Deviant Minds will spring some devilishly good fiction.”
Entrants should submit the first 10,000 words of their novel with a synopsis of not more than 300 words, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for entries is midnight on 27th April. Five entries will be shortlisted, and those writers will be asked to submit their completed novel. The winner will be announced on 9th July.
For more information, visit the competition webpage.