Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Quirk Books free “Looking for Love” novel contest with $10,000 prize

Quirk Books
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Quirk Books publishes 25 unconventional books every year. Their bestsellers include the pop culture phenomenons Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Besides quirky fiction, they also publish cookbooks, craft books, children’s books, and nonfiction on odd subjects.

Quirk Books is always on the lookout for books that are smart, cool, original and fun, and they’re always open to new authors.

For adult, young adult or middle grade fiction, humour, pop culture, history, sports, literature, sex, monsters, or guy stuff, query Jason Rekulak:

For cooking, technology, politics, travel, dating, relationships, beer and wine, family, travel or hillbilly music, query Margaret McGuire:

For adult or young adult fiction about falling in love or avoiding falling in love, unconventional humour, wordplay, smart teenagers, travel, or medievalists, query Blair Thornburgh:

Full submission guidelines here.

Looking for Love Fiction Contest
“We’re looking for stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. Anything goes!  Except vampires. Sorry.”

First prize is $10,000 (U.S.) plus publication by Quirk Books.
No entry fee, this is a free contest. 
Your novel must be at least 50,000 words and feature a love story.
Deadline: October 1, 2013. Full rules and entry form here.

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop with guest speaker Carly Watters of P.S. Literary agency in Georgetown on October 5. For more details or to register, email

Brian will also be leading “How to Build Your Story" workshops in Brampton on June 22 (see here), in Kingston on July 20 (here), in Peterborough on July 21 (here), in Woodstock on July 27 (here), in Barrie on Sept 21 (here), and in Sudbury on Sept 22 (here).  To register, email  

Before you submit, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading an "Exploring Creative Writing" course on Thursday afternoons in Burlington (see here).  

In September, he’ll be leading "Next Step" courses on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and "Intensive" courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (here). To register, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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