Young Writers ‘Short Novella’ Competition

Grizzly Dare is offering aspiring young authors the chance to see their work transformed into a book.
The winning entry will be professionally edited, designed and sealed within a beautiful cover.

Grizzly Dare - Young Writers Competition 2023

This competition is designed to encourage and promote aspiring authors…

submissions to

This is NOT a promotion laced with hidden clauses seeking to exploit new writers…

That said, while the book is published, copyrighted, and advertised by Grizzly Dare a 10% royalty will apply from book sales – more than generous terms and conditions to be finalised.
Grizzly Dare is an up-and-coming book label that wishes to promote itself by doing what it does best – trumpeting the glories of the written word.

This is a genuine, good old-fashioned competition that WILL SEE a Young Author in print ready for the Christmas sales of 2024…

submissions to


Rules and competition information:

  • Must be aged between 18 and 25 years old
  • Only one submission permitted
  • All submissions must be written in quality/concise English only
  • Work must be an original piece written by the author entering the competition
  • All Finalist Submissions (who make it to Stage Two) must have a word count between 10,0000 and 30,000 words
  • STAGE ONE: entrants must send in random chapters/sections of their work with short synopsis included, totalling [up to] 3,000 words max for our judgement
  • Deadline for pre-entry submissions of [up to] 3,000 words max to be submitted by no later than 1st August 2024
  • 10 finalists (from the pre entry submissions) will be selected and notified by 21st August 2024 NOTE: Do not send in full work unless instructed. The [up to] 3,000 word sample is what we will judge in Stage One
  • STAGE TWO: We will select our favourite 10 [up to] 3,000 word submissions and inform the winning entries
  • The successful 10 finalists selected must then submit the completed work (between 10,000 and 30,000 words) within 7 days (28th August 2024)
  • Grizzly Dare will pick the winning piece and notify the winner by 30th September 2024
  • The winner will then have the work edited and created into a professionally designed book ready for release in November 2024
  • Grizzly Dare will transform the work into an eBook and see it uploaded to Amazon ready for sale with thumbnail artwork
  • It will be promoted on the Grizzly Dare website and at events
  • The book will be designed and then entered as a KDP on Amazon so people can purchase the winning book as a bona fide paperback
  • Grizzly Dare does not have the means to promote the book, this must be undertaken by the winning author – that said Grizzly Dare will always advertise and promote the book through its own promotions and events so some exposure is guaranteed… As Grizzly Dare grows, so will the profile of our authors and books
  • Grizzly Dare will own the copyright to the book but will never stand in the way of any book’s progression. As such, should a larger publisher wish to take on a winning book in the future, Grizzly Dare would negotiate a small one-off commission/transfer fee to protect our interests and the interests of the author/book in question (acting as an agent for the author in question)

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