Mills and Boon have announced the New Voices comp 2011. It is open to anyone who has not had a full length novel published and does not have an agent.
Will I enter this year? No, I won’t. I was dismayed by all the animosity towards anyone who had been published last year, even those of us who hadn’t, at that point, had a full length novel published. Also, I’m thinking that Sunlit Secrets (aka Just Like Jesse James!) which comes out next week on 27th July, as my first published 50k novella, may well count as a full length novel. Finally, my family have practically banned me from the comp, on account of me becoming so emotionally involved last year. I also remember not getting much work done during the three months of the competition. I do want to write for Mills and Boon, but would prefer to go via normal means. I had some great and helpful feedback from them about The Venetian’s Command Performance, which I hope I can take to another novel.
I will, however, be cheering on all my pals who do enter New Voices 2011, and reading and commenting on their work. I’ll probably set up a link system from here too to get others reading my pals’ work, so watch this space.