Got what it takes to create a  stunning Ruby Fiction book or a Choc Lit hero? 
Enter the Search for a Star Competition!
Please read our criteria and guidelines below and follow the instructions. We are a Digital First traditional publisher, our paperbacks are distributed to the trade wholesalers and available from most good bookshops and libraries. We are also represented by a UK & Australian sales teams.  Our eBooks and audio books (through Soundings) are on all the major platforms and distributed to online stores and libraries.

Please DO NOT email any unsolicited  attachments as they will be lost in our spam folder and you won’t get a response. Ensure you follow these guidelines.

The competition is open for submissions to either Choc Lit or Ruby Fiction.
For thrillers, women’s fiction and romances without the hero’s point of view, please submit to Ruby Fiction.
For romance novels that includes the hero’s point of view, please submit to Choc Lit.
See criteria below:

Submitting to Ruby:
Criteria:

  • – fiction
    – suitable for a female adult audience
  • – 60,000 to 100,000 words long
  • – in English
  • – completed – we can’t consider works in progress
  • – previously unpublished
  • – not currently accepted by any other publisher or agent
  • – all women’s fiction that does not include the hero’s point of view: thrillers, saga, mystery, chick lit, historical, fantasy, etc.

Your story must include a cat for the competition. 

Submitting to Choc Lit:
Criteria:

  • – fiction
    – has a male hero and includes his point of view
    – a romance at the heart
  • – suitable for a female adult audience
  • – 60,000 to 100,000 words long
  • – in English
  • – completed – we can’t consider works in progress
  • – previously unpublished
  • – not currently accepted by any other publisher or agent
  • – contemporary, suspense, historical, fantasy, time-slip, etc.

Your story must include a cat for the competition. 

Submission Guidelines

Please ensure that you have your novel assessed before you send it to us so that you have a chance to correct any obvious problems with your story or style. There are many organisations offering manuscript assessment/editing services. Once your novel is ready to be submitted, please complete the form on the next page and press Submit.  Please do not email your manuscript to us unless we contact you. Any unsolicited  attachments emailed  will be lost in our spam folder and you won’t get a response!

Notes to help your submission:
* Remember that a synopsis provides the whole story of your novel in a nutshell – the main characters, their motivations and a summary of the plot, including the ending.
* Social media activity (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and online skills are necessary for all Ruby and Choc Lit authors as we expect them to be proactive and help us by pursuing publicity opportunities. Give your writing experience, any success in short stories or writing competitions, self published success or anything else you feel is relevant.
* Please state the manuscript assessment service used.
* If we feel you have met the competition rules and entry criteria we will request, via email, that you complete the our Submission Form and submit this together with your complete novel in MS Word or RTF (text file). Please present these as professionally as possible (Our submissions are reviewed by our Tasting Panel, independent readers who can be quite picky about badly presented manuscripts, so don’t give them an excuse to fail yours!).

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