About the contest

Win a publishing offer from Inkitt! No submission fees!

Submit your finished novel, 40,000 words or more – no fan fiction, no other limitations on genre! It’s time for you to bring your manuscript into the light and show it off to the world. We are looking for tomorrow's best-sellers!

The "Grand Novel Contest Winner" is going to be determined by Inkitt based on reader engagement, the winner of the "Readers Choice Award" will be determined by the vote count.

  • By entering the contest authors will retain all rights to their submitted works.
  • The contest winner will get a publishing offer with the following terms:
    • The author receives 85% of net earnings if the license is sold to an A-list publisher (e.g. Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan or HarperCollins)
    • In case the A-list publishers don't pick it up, Inkitt will publish the novel and the author will receive 50% of Inkitt's net earnings.
  • Submission Period: March 7th - June 7th
  • Voting Period: March 7th - June 14th

What you win

Grand Novel Contest Winner

A publishing offer from Inkitt (including cover design and editing), a custom Inkitt coffee mug and a custom Inkitt notepad.

Readers Choice Award

A vintage portable Groma Hummingbird mechanical typewriter, a custom Inkitt coffee mug, a custom Inkitt notepad and a silver badge on your profile.

Top 10%

All Top 10% participants receive a "Top 10%" badge on their profile

Contest Terms

  • Accepting finished novels with minimum 40,000 words of any genre
  • You have to own all rights in order to participate. Only original novels are accepted.
  • Previously self-published books are accepted as well
  • Multiple entries are allowed
  • We accept submissions from all over the world, but only in the English language
  • There are no submission fees, anyone is free to participate, no purchase necessary
  • Voting is only one factor of the evaluation process, all submissions will be considered
  • All stories must be rated appropriately by their authors
  • Before submitting a story, be sure to check our guidelines page to ensure that you comply with all of our publication rules
  • Miscellaneous
    • In order to submit a novel, authors must make it publicly available on Inkitt's Grand Novel Contest website, by pasting the text into the story editor
    • The odds of winning are dependent on number of entries, votes accumulated and the engagement of your readers
    • The winners will be announced on Inkitt.com, on social media, and by email to all participants
    • All prizes will be awarded, as specified in the Prizes Description below
    • Sponsors and Promoters of this contest: Inkitt GmbH, Potsdamer Straße 63 11-13, 10785 Berlin, Germany
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    Prizes for Winners

    About Us:

    Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.