About the contest

Inkitt's Writing Contest

Inspired by authors, informed by algorithms, and connected by over 3 million readers and writers worldwide, Inkitt is opening a new chapter of your writing!

Inkitt’s Writing Contests regularly give authors the opportunity to share their books with readers around the world and showcase their talents.

Our Midsummer Mystery Writing Contest gives you the chance to win cash prizes, exclusive book badges, and exposure for your writing!

What you win

Monthly Cash Prizes

One grand prize winner, and two runners up will be selected.

1st prize: $500, an exclusive badge for your book cover and an Inkitt social media feature!
2nd prize: $250, exclusive 2nd place book badge and Inkitt social media feature!
3rd prize: $100, exclusive 3rd place book badge and an Inkitt social media feature!

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

  • Cash prize winners are selected after the contest closes
  • Winners are chosen judged on their reader engagement. This is a combination of likes, reads, reviews, and a variety of other factors.
  • We collect data on your submission from the day you join.
  • Contest is genre specific. Only horror, thriller, mystery, and other similar themes are eligible to win
  • You may submit multiple entries using different stories
  • The minimum word count per submission is 10,000 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

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.