A prize for everyone

Our wonderful commissioning editors have put their heads together to come up with an e-book for all entrants to the competition.

"Secrets of the trade - how to submit your work and get it published" distils their years of experience in the industry and gives you the inside line on how to make appealing submissions to agents and publishers. There are some wonderful examples of common mistakes and this resource will give you an immediate advantage when it comes to getting your work noticed.

Presentation workshop

You'll work with Dominic Colenso from In Flow Training in a hour long, one-to-one workshop to improve your presentation skills and unlock your potential.

The workshop will help you develop your communication skills allowing you to better engage with, influence, and inspire your audience. This opportunity is perfect for authors needing to pitch their work to agents and publishers, or give presentations at literary festivals and in schools.

Dominic works with teams around the world, with clients as wide ranging as Paysafe, Sky Bet, Anaplan and the University of York.

Workshops and Feedback

Our commissioning editors will review your work and provide feedback to improve the content and style. They will be on hand to answer any questions and work with you while you revise your manuscript.

We've also put together a marketing and branding workshop which will guide you on how to establish yourself as a brand, the importance of social media and how to reach out to your future audience. This course is provided by a team with many years of experience in the marketing world - helping you get ahead of the crowd and make the best of your brand's assets - i.e. yourself!

In addition to all this we'll help you put this training in action by helping you design and develop your own personal website to host your work and serve as your online showcase to the world.

Ongoing support

The £500 cash prize will be yours to do with what you wish - that may mean an investment in further training, an improved laptop to help you work smarter, fewer shifts at work and more time writing, or simply a break from it all to go and find some inspiration.

We would love the winner of the competition to publish their work through Oh Zoe! and we'll do everything we can to support you in getting the product as perfect as possible to achieve this goal.

Regardless of whether you choose to publish on Oh Zoe! we're here to help. We want the winner of this award to go on to great things, so whether it's ongoing feedback, help with positioning yourself in the market, or just someone to talk through your latest concerns or ideas - we want to be there for you as you develop your career.