Writing Magazine and QuoScript Novel Writing Competition December 2020 Terms and Conditions of Entry

QuoScript are delighted to be working with Writing Magazine to offer adult crime fiction and YA fiction authors the opportunity to win a publishing contract. The competition runs to the beginning of December and is open to previoulsy published and unpublished authors. Two runners-up will be offered advice and support on how to making their writing more publishable. This will take the form of a telephone ‘author surgery’ call.

Entry is free.

Terms and Conditions of Entry:

Key submission Information 

  • Submission deadline: 28th February 2021 
  • Submit your book synopsis, a covering letter telling us more about you and the first chapter of your novel only. 
  • Submit by emailing us at and stating  Writing Competition in your email subject header.  
  • Please include your contact details and telephone number in your email. 
  • State clearly if your novel is adult crime fiction or YA fiction.  
  • The competition is open to both unpublished and previously published authors.  

Judging Process 

  • If the QuoScript judges like what you have written, we shall invite you to send us your entire manuscript for a second round of assessment.  
  • Submissions will be assessed by two Directors of QuoScript and an independent editor.  The assessment team’s decisions will be final.  We will not enter into correspondence about our choices. 

Terms and Conditions 

  • Submissions must be received on or before midnight 28th February 2021 GMT time-zone. 
  • Standard publishing rules apply: submissions must be wholly your own work, not contain obscene or libellous material, or derive from the work of other authors. Any submissions that contravene these rules will be automatically disqualified. 
  • If we invite you to send a draft of the whole book, we shall send you a contract stating that QuoScript has first refusal of publication.  You will be required to undertake not to send it to another publisher before giving QuoScript first right to publish. 
  • Please note that an invitation to submit the final draft does not automatically guarantee that we will publish the book.  We shall of course “release” the text back to you if we decide not to publish. 
  • Entrants retain the copyright of any works entered into the challenge. 
  • By registering for this competition the winner and two runners-up agree to participate in marketing activities relating to this competition, primarily on QuoScript’s website and social media platforms.  
  • Winners and runners-up will be announced after the whole manuscript has been submitted and accepted it for publication. 
  • If the winners do not submit a full manuscript within the time-line agreed with the judges we reserve the right to offer the prize to another competition entrant or decline to re-offer to any entrants. 

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Hope & Plum Publishing Selects QuoScript as distribution partner

QuoScript and Hope & Plum are delighted to announce that QuoScript will act as distributor for Hope & Plum Book Publishing (part of SHHH Media ( from November 2020.  Hope & Plum has built up a distinguished list split between general trade, young adult and children’s literature. QuoScript will distribute the entire list.

Hope & Plum founder Stacey Haber is an accomplished music industry executive, film and theatre writer/producer/director/actress and author. She is one of the co-hosts of Girls Talk, a new Feel Good Factor TV series which launched on Sky TV on 7th November 2020. 

Hope & Plum was originally founded to give new authors their first book deal and a better chance of signing to a large publisher.  Its aim, Stacey says, is to “fill readers with wonder, awe and inspiration”. 

Stacey adds: “I’m over the moon to be working with QuoScript and its founding directors.  It would have been very difficult to get Hope & Plum off the ground in 2015 without their assistance; they are true professionals. I love what QuoScript is doing: its business model is ground-breaking for the book publishing industry. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Linda Bennett, co-founder of QuoScript, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have attracted Hope & Plum’s very distinguished list to QuoScript so early in our career.  We shall do our utmost to ensure that every Hope & Plum title enjoys the success it deserves.”

Ken Rhodes, CEO, United independent Distributors, comments: ‘QuoScript and Hope & Plum’s choice of Printforce is an elegant and increasingly viable route for modern publishers. It marries high quality, multi-format printing with completely flexible volumes – this enables the energy, thought and resources of the publisher to be directed at the true business of publishing – authors and readers.’

London, November 2020

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New UK based independent publisher QuoScript launches during pandemic

QuoScript, an exciting new UK based independent publishing company, has officially launched.  QuoScript is all about quality: quality writing, quality authors, quality books.  It is an experimental publisher, keen to foster new writing and design talent, including new styles of writing in Crime, Young Adult fiction and, eventually, a variety of other genres.

The brainchild of two experienced publishers, QuoScript has already set up partnerships with distinguished professionals in the publishing supply chain.  At first QuoScript will focus on publishing Young Adult and Crime fiction under its TUSK and Poisoned Chalice imprints.  Future publishing plans include developing non-fiction and academic monographs imprints.

QuoScript’s crime list launches with the crime writer Christina James’s (previously published by Salt) new novel, De Vries, a sequel to Sausage Hall, her most successful novel to date.

Linda Bennett, co-founder and Creative and Editorial Director of QuoScript, comments:

“We are very fortunate to have attracted so much enthusiasm and support from highly respected supply-chain partners, who have readily put their faith in us during this extraordinary year.  We believe that QuoScript can really make a difference and we are delighted to become part of the UK small press publishing scene.  We hope to become colleagues and peers of the other renowned small presses in this country.  We are not trying to rival them, but to forge the way for our own publishing niche alongside them.”

Print-on-demand publisher services will be provided by Ingram Content Group’s Lightning Source.

“At Ingram, we believe strongly in supporting independent publishers and welcome the diversity they bring to the industry.  Working with QuoScript presents an opportunity to make their titles available to our tens of thousands of global retailers. We wish them every success,” said Ingram’s Senior Marketing Manager Andrew Bromley.

QuoScript is also keen to work with other small presses who require book marketing and distribution services. It has already set up a marketing and supply arrangement with DoubleAPublishing a Ukraine based independent publisher who is looking to extend its readership into new markets.

Andrew Afonin, Founder, DoubleAPublishing, comments:  

“We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with QuoScript. Ukrainian writers are exceptionally talented and they have fans throughout the world, but getting access to their work can sometimes be difficult. We are confident that now QuoScript is making their work more widely available their popularity will increase hugely. We want to enable book-lovers everywhere to be able to enjoy the rich spirit of the Ukrainian culture; and we are certain that, through QuoScript, readers in the UK and USA will quickly grow to love our Ukrainian authors.” 

QuoScript is passionate about fostering new talent and will offer yet-to-be-published authors additional support; equally, established authors are welcome to send submissions. A NaNoWriMo competition was launched in October to encourage submissions from interested authors at all stages of their careers (

London, November 2020

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire Book Programme with Carla Green: QuoScript owner Linda Bennett discusses launching QuoScript in a pandemic

We are delighted to share that our owner Linda Bennett has been invited to talk about QuoScript on @BBCRadioLincs 12th November at 3.10pm. Join Linda and Carla Green on the book programe to hear about why she decided to set up a new indie publishing house in the midst of a pandemic, our new crime fiction and YA imprints and how we are supporting other small indie presses.

Not the Booker prize longlist: vote now to decide the 2020 shortlist

There are now over 200 eligable books on the longlist for 2020 and it’s great to see so many smaller independent publishers appearing on the list. You still have time to vote which closes at 23.59 BST on Sunday 16 August. The results will be announced on 17 August.

To find out which authors are on the shortlist visit:

Clockwise: Ali Smith, Maggie O’Farrell, Brit Bennett, David Mitchell, NK Jemisin and John le Carre.
Not the Bookerprize Longlist