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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

[WR] Search for the next great [USAn] crime writer -- a "no fee" contest

DEADLINE: November 27, 2006

Make a Killing

Do you have a killer book idea? Then this is your chance to make crime pay. Court TV is offering you a chance to win a book deal with Regan (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)."

Official Rules

Over 18yo. Legal resident of the fifty states or DC. Not under exclusive book publishing contract. Not employee, immediate family, sharing household of employee of Courtroom Television Network LLC, Regan books, "their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, trustees, franchisees, participating vendors, distributors, and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, with the Sponsor, the "Contest Entities")" and yadda and so forth.

Submit between now and November 27, 2006 a 1500-3000 word synopsis and sample chapter(s) of 5K-10K wds.

First round judging will separate out ten semi-finalists. Second round judging (by crime writing panel) will select five finalists. Final round judging will be via votes for one of the five finalists placed by visitors to CourtTV Web site.

Winner gets $1000 and "and an opportunity to sign an exclusive book publishing deal ('Publishing Deal') with Regan Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers ('Regan Books'), at an approximate market value ('AMV') of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)."

If you do win, your book is probably good enough to deserve a publishing contract with more than a $1000 advance.

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