Deviant Minds: Terms and Conditions

Rules of entry and Terms and Conditions



  • Open to writers with an unpublished* adult crime novel or thriller
  • Entrants must be resident in Great Britain (including Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) or the Republic of Ireland, writing in the English language
  • Entrants may only enter a novel that is previously unpublished. Entrants who have had other crime/thrillers published, or who have had other types of books published, are eligible
  • Entrants must not be agented. If they gain representation from an agency other than A.M.Heath, they must withdraw their entries from the competition by notification in writing
  • Entrants may only enter one novel
  • Entrants must be able to submit the first 10,000 words of their novel along with a synopsis of not more than 300 words during the submission window
  • Shortlisted writers must be able to submit the completed novel

*Unpublished – this also excludes novels that have previously been self-published in print or digital


  • The prize will be open for submissions from 19st February 2018
  • The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on 27th April 2018. Entrants will receive confirmation of receipt of submission.
  • A.M.Heath and Corvus will select a shortlist of 5 writers, to be announced on the A.M.Heath and Corvus websites on 18th May 2018
  • Shortlisted writers must then submit the completed novel by 11th June 2018
  • A named crime/thriller writer, A.M.Heath and Corvus will then select a winner, to be announced on the A.M.Heath and Corvus websites on 9th July 2018

How to Enter/Entry Format

Please send your submissions to

The Prize

The winner will receive representation by A.M.Heath and an offer of digital publication by Corvus, with possible print publication to follow.