About the contest

Midsummer Mystery Contest

Calling all suspense writers, Inkitt’s Midsummer Mystery writing contest is for you!

With cash prizes of a total of $950 and the chance to get your work seen by Inkitt’s community of over 2 million users, now is your time to showcase your suspenseful and mysterious stories to a worldwide audience of readers!

We’re on the search for stories that keep readers hooked with suspense which means this contest is open to submissions of multiple genres, such as: mystery, thriller, crime, fantasy, paranormal urban, horror and any other genre that keeps your readers on the edge of their seats.

The deadline to enter is August 31st, 2020

All books with a mysterious and tense theme will be accepted for entry.

Your book must be an original work, written in English and a minimum of 7,500 words to be considered for a winning place. Both ongoing and completed works will be accepted.

Winners are determined by overall reader engagement as judged by Inkitt and not based on ‘likes’ alone.

What you win

You can WIN up to $950 in cash prizes

1st place: $650, an exclusive badge for your book cover and an Inkitt social media feature!
2nd place: $200, an exclusive 2nd place book badge and an Inkitt social media feature!
3rd place: $100, and an exclusive 3rd place book badge!

Judged by our algorithm, the author with the most reader engagement will be chosen as the winner at the end of the contest.

So, make sure to get plenty of readers, likes, comments and shares on your book, as this increases your chances of winning!

Contest Terms

  • The contest closes on August 31st, 2020
  • Winners are chosen judged on their reader engagement. This is a combination of reads on your book, likes and reviews.
  • Winning authors cannot enter the contest more than once with the same story
  • We collect data on your submission from the day you enter the contest.
  • All 'mysterious' or 'suspenseful' genres will be accepted including: mystery, thriller, dark fantasy, horror, crime, detective, paranormal urban.
  • Poetry and fanfiction will not be considered for the winning placecs
  • You may submit multiple entries over multiple months
  • The minimum word count per submission is 7,500 words
  • Novels must be in English
  • You must own the rights to the novel
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt
  • Inkitt reserve the right to announce winners within 3 months of the end of each contest
Check out our Monthly Writing Contest for more incredible prizes.
Prizes for Winners

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.