Sussex Writers' Awards

PUBLISHED: 16:17 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 14:15 26 February 2013

Bestselling writer Peter James

Bestselling writer Peter James

A new award for would-be novelists in Sussex has just been launched in conjunction with Sussex Life.

Your chance to win a contract with a top literary agent

How many times have you heard people say Im going to write a book one day? Well if youve ever fancied yourself as an author and thought what has JK Rowling got that I havent got? now you have the chance to find out. This is a chance for every budding writer in our region to discover if they have what it takes to be a bestselling author. It is only open to Sussex residents over 18 who have never been commercially published.
To enter, you need to write a synopsis or brief description (500 words) of the novel you have written (or want to write) plus 1,500 words to show your writing style. This might be the opening of the first chapter or a dramatic passage from any part.
An unfinished novel can win as the judges are looking for potential. Entry costs 15 and all of that money will be donated to The Whitehawk Inn, a Brighton-based charity focused on training people and helping them get into work. Eighteen of the best entries will then be presented to a panel of judges headed by literary scout John Parsons who was a former Managing Director of HarperCollins Publishers. Those 18 will be invited to submit their full novels. The best six of these will be judged by a panel of international bestselling authors. The final winner and holder of the first ever Sussex Writers Awards Trophy will also be awarded a contract with a top literary agent. The competition will run throughout 2010 and finish with a glittering Awards Ceremony, early next year.
Two of the judges confirmed so far and with whom we are proud to be working are: Peter James, bestselling crime and thriller novelist who has written 23 international bestsellers, the most recent of which feature Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Peter has written supernatural thrillers, spy fiction and a childrens novel as well as the new Biggles book for the 1986 movie. Peter is also a film producer. He was the Executive Producer of the 2005 production of The Merchant of Venice that had a Royal premiere and received a BAFTA Award Nomination. Peters latest novel Dead Like You went straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list in its first week of publication.
Our other confirmed judge is the extremely witty and charming Louise Rennison. Louise is an author and comedienne, perhaps best known for her Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series for teenage girls. Her first and second novels were portrayed in a film adaptation called Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging which premiered on the red carpet at Londons Leicester Square in 2008. Louise is currently touring with her latest novel Withering Tights which is about the misadventures of Tallulah Casey, Georgias younger cousin.
Sussex Life will report regularly on The Sussex Writers Awards, leading up to the the Award Ceremony itself.
A spokesman for the organisers said: This is a fun competition with serious prizes but all entrants should be aware that we are hoping this will give those of you who might just want to tell a story, the chance to express yourself without necessarily depending on it for your future career.

How to enter

There are three stages:
1. To enter, provide a synopsis or brief description (500 words) of the novel you have written (or want to write) plus 1,500 words to show your writing style. This might be the opening of the first chapter or a dramatic passage from any part of the novel. An unfinished novel can win.
2. Entry costs 15. Fees should be paid by cheque or postal order made payable to RSVPR Ltd and bear the name and address of the entrant on the reverse, and then sent to:
The Sussex Writers Awards, RSVPR Ltd, Audley House, Hove Street, Hove BN3 2DE.
No entries will be entered into the competition until payment has been received.
3. All entries must include the entrant's name and address and sent via email to:
All enquiries should be sent to:

More information is available at: or email

The competition closes for entry at midnight on December 1st 2010.

Full terms and conditions

RSVPR Competition Rules Terms and Conditions General.

1. These terms and conditions together with any specific rules set out herein are the Competition Rules ("Rules") and apply to RSVPR competitions. By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.

2. The competition is organised by RSVPR Ltd of Audley House, Hove Street, Hove BN3 2DE.

3. RSVPR reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition or the Rules without notice in the event of a catastrophe, act of God or any other event outside of RSVPRs reasonable control. Any changes will be posted under News Items on the RSVPR website. A copy of the Rules may also be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Competition Rules, RSVPR Ltd Audley House, Hove Street, Hove BN3 2DE.

4. In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules, results and all other matters relating to a competition, the decision of RSVPR shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Qualifying Entrants

5. Employees (or members of the families or households of employees) of RSVPR or any company involved in the competition or, if relevant, production of a radio or television programme to which a competition relates, or any other news agency or company connected with the competition are not eligible to enter the competition. RSVPR reserves the right not to award a prize (and to select an alternative winner) if RSVPR is aware or has reasonable grounds to believe that a winner is not eligible.

6. By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is your own. RSVPR reserves the right to verify entrants eligibility.

7. The address you provide with your competition entry ("Entry") will be used to send any notification of prizes so please make sure this is correct. Unless stated otherwise in the Competition Rules, competitions are only open to residents of the United Kingdom and you are not entitled to enter the competition if you are resident outside of the United Kingdom.

8. Where a competition is open to all age groups, RSVPR assumes that by entering the competition and you warrant that you are aged 18 or over or, if you are under 18, that your parents have consented to your entry into the competition and these Rules. If a competition is only open to a certain age group (e.g. 18 and over), this will be set out in the Competition Criteria and RSVPR assumes that by entering the competition, you are the appropriate age.

9. RSVPR reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the Rules.


10. Unless stated otherwise in the Competition Criteria, you may enter the competition as many times as you like, as this is determined reasonable by RSVPR.

11. Competition entries must be made in the manner and by the closing date and time specified in the Competition Rules and Competition Criteria. Failure to do so will disqualify the entry.

13. Proof of posting or emailing cannot be accepted as proof of delivery. RSVPR cannot accept responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of or unauthorised access to entries, or entries lost, damaged or delayed as a result of server functions, technical issues, virus, or other causes outside of RSVPRs control.

14. Entrants should note that unless stated otherwise, RSVPR does not accept responsibility for the return of any entries, including those consisting of artistic material.


15. Prize winners will be chosen according to that stated in the Competition Rules and Notices. Where creative or artistic merit is being judged and in the event of a tie-breaker situation, tie-breakers will be judged by RSVPR or by its appointed, appropriate adjudicator. In all matters, the decision of the judge(s) and RSVPR shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

16. Prize winners will be notified in the manner as specified in the Competition Rules and publicised notices. If more than one prize is awarded, only one prize per entrant will be awarded. Competition winner(s) names may be published on the RSVPR website or you can write to Competition Prize Winners, RSVPR Audley House, Hove Street, Hove, BN3 2DE including a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winners.

17. Claims for prizes must be made in the manner and within the time specified in the Competition notices as published. Failure to claim a prize within this time or in the manner specified, may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

18. Prizes and awards are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. RSVPR reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.

19. Prizes are awarded at RSVPRs discretion and no prizes will be awarded as a result of improper actions by or on behalf of any entrant.

20. Where a prize may not be appropriate for a younger contestant, the minimum age for entry will be stated in the Competition Criteria and must be observed. RSVPR reserves the right to request proof of age of any winner.

Rights & Use of Entries

21. RSVPR does not, unless we agree this with you, claim any rights of ownership of your Entry. As such, you retain ownership of your Entry but RSVPR will have the right to use Entries as set out in the Rules. If you win a prize, as a condition to receiving that prize you may be required to sign a release form, preventing RSVPR from accepting responsibility or liability for the use of that prize or how it is used.

22. In consideration of RSVPR agreeing to consider entrants to the competition, each entrant hereby agrees that RSVPR and third parties authorised by RSVPR may make any entries available on the website and any other media, which may include other internet sites, television and/or radio and that Entries may be made available with advertising and/or sponsorship partners. You now grant RSVPR and third parties authorised by RSVPR a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use, display, publish, or transmit the entry for advertising or promotional purposes so related to the competition.

23. RSVPR does not guarantee to use or otherwise make available any entry. It may also, at its sole discretion, reject, remove or disable access to Entries that appear to be legally or otherwise problematic e.g. infringe the copyright or other intellectual property or privacy rights of others or are defamatory.

24. Your Entry and any information submitted by you must be personal to and relate specifically to you. You hereby warrant that your Entry and all information which you submit will not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and will not contain anything which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening. RSVPR reserves the right but not the obligation to refuse to distribute the same.


25. RSVPR or any of its competition sponsors and partners cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize. RSVPR is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any equipment used in receiving competition entries or enquiries including any injury or damage to an entrants or any other persons equipment resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition.

Data Protection and Publicity

26. Winners may be requested to take part in promotional activity and RSVPR reserves the right to use the names and home towns of winners, their photographs and audio and/or visual recordings of them in any publicity.

27. Any personal data relating to entrants will not be disclosed to a third party without the individuals prior consent.


28. RSVPR makes no representation that details relating to this competition are available for use outside of the UK or for access to them from locations where their contents are illegal. If access to the competition is from areas outside of the United Kingdom, you are responsible for the compliance with that areas local law.

How to contact us

29. You can contact RSVPR in relation to any part of our competition by writing to Competitions RSVPR Audley House, Hove Street, Hove, BN3 2DE or by emailing

RSVPR Competition Rules Terms and Conditions as at 4th August 2010.

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