About the contest

Thrill Seeker Writing Contest

For authors who love to write thrilling, suspenseful or frightening works - this one's for you!

With cash prizes of a total of $650, and the chance to get your work seen by 2 million active daily users, this is the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your shocking stories to a worldwide audience of thrill-seeker readers!

Enter your thriller, horror, mystery, scary, crime or any other book with a dark, suspenseful or thrilling theme for the chance to win some incredible prizes! 🏆

The deadline is May 31st, 2020

All books with a 'dark' or 'scary' 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.

What you win

You can WIN up to $650 in cash prizes 😱

1st place: $500, an exclusive badge for your book cover and an Inkitt social media feature!
2nd place: $100, an exclusive 2nd place book badge and an Inkitt social media feature!
3rd place: $50, 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 May 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 'dark' or 'scarier' genres will be accepted including thriller, horror, crime, mystery, scary, detective, dark fantasy.
  • 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 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.