Richard and Judy's @Search for A Bestseller' Shortlist Announced
Zaffre is excited to announce that eight authors have been shortlisted for the
Richard & Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’ competition, which is supported by
authors, who are all first-time unpublished writers, submitted 10,000 words
plus a synopsis of their novel to a selection panel including Richard and Judy
themselves, agents at Furniss Lawton and staff from across Bonnier Publishing.
shortlisted authors now have until 12 December to send their completed novels
in to the panel. The winner, who will be announced in January, will receive a
£50,000 world rights publishing deal from Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice
from literary agency Furniss Lawton. The winning novel will be published by
Bonnier Zaffre in summer 2017.
and Judy commented: ‘We’re hugely excited
to now have our eight-strong shortlist – and what a shortlist it is! We can’t
wait to read the finished debut novels, select our ‘search for a bestseller’
competition winner and introduce readers to a fantastic new writer.’
Parkin, Executive Director for Adult Fiction at Bonnier Zaffre said: ‘We’ve had an overwhelming number of entries
and are truly delighted by the talent we’ve found. It’s been an exciting
process of discovery and we’re looking forward to reading our shortlisted
authors’ finished books. Good luck, everyone!’
Richard & Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’ shortlist:
A Lesser Sin by Caz Frear
crime novel about a detective who suspects her father may be involved in the
murder she is investigating.
Acting Mysterious by Laura Stewart
romantic mystery about a woman who inherits a house in Scotland and uncovers an
Deep Water by Gail Egan
psychological thriller about a woman whose ex-husband is murdered and she
becomes a suspect along with his new wife.
Eighteen Exhibits by Laura Foakes
quirky tale about a man who tries to unearth the truth about his early life and
parentage by following a series of letters and objects found at the family
First Person Singular by Heather Ranby
crime novel about the investigation of a bomb detonated at a Knightsbridge
Hard Play by Asia Mackay
fiction about a female assassin returning to work after maternity leave.
Rip Her To Shreds by Alison Percival
psychological thriller about a woman who becomes obsessed with her ex-husband’s
September by Honoria Beirne
reading-group novel set in rural Ireland during the early years of the new free