Win a publishing contract with #XciteBooks and the #FestivalRomance

By | December 16, 2011

Festival of Romance Writing Competition sponsored by Xcite Books

Xcite Books is now the UK’s largest publisher of erotic fiction and winner of the ETO Best Erotic Book Brand 2010 & 2011. Founded in 2007 by Hazel Cushion, the company offers quality erotic fiction aimed at women and couples. Its books have been featured on mainstream TV (Alan Titchmarsh and Vanessa Feltz Shows) and are sold in Waterstones, WH Smith and Ann Summers. Sex not only sells, it travels – Xcite books are now available in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is your unique opportunity to win a publishing contract for a print book which will be published in October 2012.

How to Enter:

Xcite Books is offering a print publishing contract for an erotic novel that will pay annual royalties on the print and ebook editions. To enter you need to submit a one page (A4) synopsis and the first three chapters of an erotic novel.

Closing date for entries is 31st January 2012. The winner will be announced on St Valentine’s Day 2012. The novel does not need to be complete at the time of entry but will need to be delivered by July 31st 2012. The novel will be part of Xcite Books 2012 publishing schedule and will be launched at The Festival of Romance in October 2012.

Send your entry as a Word document attachment to

Genres covered include: Futuristic & SciFi /Thriller & Crime/Multicultural &Interracial /Cowboys & Western/ Historical/ Contemporary settings /Older Woman, Younger Man /Multiple partners /Comedy & Humour/ Gay&Lesbian /BDSM & Fetish /Paranormal / Time Travel/ Fantasy including Vampire, werewolf and shapeshifters.

Double spaced, 12 font and Times New Roman
Cover page must include your name, address and contact details PLUS your pseudonym if you are using one.

Content: We are looking for a variety of themes with a high standard of writing. All sexual acts must be consensual and legal. These stories are chiefly aimed at female readers so they must celebrate female sexuality and never denigrate women. The erotic content must be pacy, arousing and exciting. We are open to edgy and risqué subject matter, but there are a number of ‘no go’ areas which are set out below.

What we’re looking for: · 

·         Original, well-thought-out storylines with strong sexual content and no glaring plot-holes

·         Story should include plentiful sex which drives the plot forward

·         Sex scenes should be explicit and avoid euphemism · Avoid ‘cardboard cut-out’ characters and unrealistic relationships (i.e. we want characters with lives outside of the bedroom too)

·         Sexual tension from the outset to be maintained throughout. Steer clear of over-long introductions and aim for a satisfying and believable conclusion

·         Themes can range in tone from light and flirty to more dark and sensual.  What we are NOT looking for: · Underage sex · Paedophilia · Rape · Necrophilia · Incest · Bestiality · Scat (i.e. bodily functions such as ‘golden showers’) · No extreme violence (i.e. no insertion of weapons such as guns/knives)

Competition rules:

The author will retain copyright and will be paid annual royalties on the print and ebook editions as per Xcite Books’ standard publishing contract. Xcite Books will hold world publishing rights for five years from date of publication.

Send your entry as a Word document attachment to

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