This is a life-changing opportunity.
Richard & Judy have both recently become successful authors in their own right, with their debut novels Some Day I’ll Find You and Eloise receiving massive critical and commercial success.
Richard can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 2. Richard’s third novel, The Night Book (a psychological thriller) was an instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller and went straight to number five in the official e-book chart.
Aspiring authors have until 14 June 2018 to submit their entries, via Richard and Judy’s website. The couple will lead the selection process, helped by editors from Bonnier Zaffre and agents at Furniss Lawton. The £30,000 publishing deal will be for world rights.
We can’t wait to discover the new talent that we know is out there…
-Kate Parkin, Executive Director, Bonnier Zaffre
Kate Parkin, Executive Director of Bonnier Zaffre commented: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Richard and Judy and our friends at WHSmith on the next “Search for a Bestseller’. Our 2016 winner Caz Frear’s Sweet Little Lies has been a huge success and secured publishing deals round the world. We can’t wait to discover the new talent that we know is out there…”
Judy Finnigan said: ‘This is a wonderful chance for someone not only to become a published author, but to see their debut novel turned into a bestseller.’ Richard Madeley added: ‘Our previous competition winners, Tracy Rees with Amy Snow and Caz Frears with Sweet Little Lies, saw their novels fly off the bookshelves in their hundreds of thousands. This is a life-changing opportunity.’
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