About the contest

Inkitt Thriller Contest

All of our darkest secrets hide in the shadows. What do you see when you turn off the lights?

Turn Off The Lights is the biggest writing contest in Inkitt’s history. Let your imagination run free and thrill the 3 million active readers and writers currently on Inkitt.

Submit your mystery, thriller, suspense, or horror novel and get the chance to become a published author and win huge cash prizes!

What you win

Cash Prizes

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

1st prize: $20,000
2nd prize: $10,000
3rd prize: $5,000

1st - 10th place will receive a publishing contract for our app, Galatea!

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 is live from December 1st to February 28th.
  • Entering the contest is free, all that is required is to upload your book onto Inkitt and submit it on the contest page.
  • Stories must be in English and original works. No plagiarism will be tolerated.
  • Stories must be written within the genre of Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, or Horror. While Romance can be involved in the story-line, Romance-only (Werewolf, Billionaire, Mafia, MC, and Contemporary), poetry, non-fiction, and fanfiction will be disqualified at our discretion.
  • Winners are chosen based on their reader engagement. This is a combination of likes, reads and reviews.
  • Authors cannot enter the contest more than once with the same story, but an author may submit as many books as they want.
  • The minimum word count per submission is 10,000 words. There is no maximum word limit.
  • We collect data on your submission from the day you join.
  • You must own the rights to the novel. You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt.
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • Stories must abide by Inkitt’s community guidelines. No glorification of non-consensual sexual acts. Please check the Terms of Service on our website first.

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.