Penguin Random House and the Daily Mail have teamed up for a novel writing competition which will offer new authors a publishing deal and a £20,000 advance.

Entrants are invited to submit by post the first 5,000 words of their novel along with a 600 word synopsis. The submissions can be from any adult genre though entrants must not have had a novel published before. This includes self published authors.

The winner gets a £20,000 advance fee, a publishing contract with Cornerstone imprint Century, and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi.

The novel writing competition is to be judged by Sandra Parsons, literary editor of the Daily Mail; Selina Walker, publisher of Century & Arrow, Bonomi, managing director of Luigi Bonomi Associates, and crime writer Simon Kernick.

Walker said: “As a publisher I am always looking for talented new storytellers, and this is a real chance for aspiring authors to make a start on the novels they’ve always wanted to write.”

Bonomi added: “There is so much talent out there waiting to be discovered. This is a life changing opportunity for someone to be published and edited by Selina Walker – one of the very best in our business. After 30 years in the industry, I am still hugely excited at the thought of discovering a fantastic new bestseller and wish everyone the very best of luck.”

The deadline for entries is April 16th. Further information can be found here.