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Richard and Judy Competition Shortlist Announcement

Richard and Judy, publishing company Bonnier Zaffre and WHSmith are excited to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Search for a Bestseller Competition. After an overwhelming number of entries, Richard and Judy and their team of judges have completed the in-depth and exciting selection process, picking a shortlist that includes crime, psychological thrillers, women’s fiction and historical fiction.

The eight debut authors will now compete for a £50,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton.

Richard and Judy commented:

‘We’re hugely excited to now have our eight-strong shortlist – and what a shortlist it is! We can’t wait to read the finished debut novels, select our ‘search for a bestseller’ competition winner and introduce readers to a fantastic new writer.’


The shortlisted entries

A Lesser Sin by Caz Frear

Acting Mysterious by Laura Stewart

Deep Water by Gail Egan

Eighteen Exhibits by Laura Foakes

First Person Singular by Heather Ranby

Hard Play by Asia Mackay

Rip Her To Shreds by Alison Percival

September by Honoria Beirne


The winner of the £50,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre will be announced in January 2017.

Posted 30 Jun 2016
By Shane Hegarty