The GOOFRUIT Literary contest, is the first of its kind – a national ‘call’ to passionate writers who want to bring their literary imaginations to life through the power of crowdfunding.

The GOODFRUIT Literary Contest is looking for anyone who has an idea, a plot or a story that they want to pen. It could be a spy thriller, a biography, a children’s book, a love story or a fantasy epic.

“We’re looking for writers and books that push boundaries. Inspiring authors in history, wrote with boldness and we want to continue in that spirit and see a new generation of writers who will stretch the imagination of culture” says Anthony O-Thomas, founder of GOODFRUIT.


  • Entry submission: August 24th – September 23rd 2015
  • Judging period: September 24th – October 23rd 2015
  • Winner announced: October 26th 2015


  1. Summary (50 words max)
  2. Synopsis/Overview (300 words)
  3. Excerpt/sample (1000 words max)
  4. Genre ((poetry, fiction, graphic novels, comics, novellas, non-fiction and auto/biographical)
  5. Contact:  Telephone number, city, email, age
  6. About the author (50 words max)
  7. How did you hear about the GOODFRUIT Literary Contest?
  8. Why do you want to crowdfund your book? (100 words max)
  9. How would you rate your level of understanding of the crowdfunding process? (please state: low, medium, high and give a reason)


Three winners will be selected and will win:

  1. A GOODFRUIT crowdfunding campaign to raise funding and build a team around your book
  2. Mentorship from esteemed writers
  3. Representative and further book distribution support if your campaign is successful and fully funded


Judge of theme

Amaris Cole – Editor of the Evangelical Alliance, including (Winner of the Multi-Author Blog of Year 2014)


Judge of growth and development potential

GOODFRUIT – crowdfunding platform


Judge of literary excellence

Cressida Downing – Editorial Consultant


Judge of craftsmanship

Melanie White – Editor of Shooter Literary Magazine



Dust off that pen and paper, tweak and perfect your latest piece of writing, share this opportunity with other great writers and enter your publication idea to the literary contest launch.

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” – C.S. Lewis


Please send all completed entries to: [email protected]

Please read the Rules carefully below before entering.

The Rules


  • The GOODFRUIT Literary Contest is organised by GOODFRUIT.
  • The Contest is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is not excluded by these Rules. There is no upper age limit for entry.
  • The deadline for entries is 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday 23rd September 2015. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Entrants must submit an entry via email within the guidelines as specified. Any entries not containing all appropriate information may not be considered.
  • Authors can be previously published, self-published or unpublished.
  • Entrants must only submit once.
  • All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant’s own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or appear on a website (including blogs and social networking sites) or have been broadcast, for the duration of the GOODFRUIT Literary Contest. Work found to be published in print or on a website or to have been broadcast will be disqualified.
  • All work must be typed or word-processed, clearly legible and written in English. Entrants can include illustrations or artwork.
  • Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant’s own original work and has not been published (in print or on a website including blogs and social networking sites) or submitted for consideration elsewhere; translations into English of work published (in print or on a website including blogs and social networking sites) elsewhere in other languages will not be accepted.
  • All entries will be made anonymous. Judges will not be privy to entrants’ names during the reading and judging processes. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the short list and winners have been decided.
  • Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the Contest by notification in writing by the entrant (by email).
  • Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted; work cannot be amended, corrected or substituted.
  • Entries will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • GOODFRUIT reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules, or made a false declaration on the entry form.
  • GOODFRUIT cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Contest.


  • Three winners will be selected to receive the opportunity to crowdfund their book with the help of mentors and experts in the publishing field. This includes:
  • 1-2-1 support and advice from partners – printing and marketing
  • 1-2-1 support from Judges (email correspondence and one 45 min phone call depending on capacity and expertise)
  • 1-2-1 ongoing support from GOODFRUIT in developing campaign and successfully reaching funding goal
  • Raising a team as well as funds during the crowdfunding campaign e.g. graphic designer, editor
  • GOODFRUIT reserves the right to reduce or increase the number of winners.
  • Should an entrant win, the entrants must be willing to complete their publication within 12 months and enter into a crowdfunding campaign on GOODFRUIT within 6 months to raise a minimum of £10,000 to publish their work.
  • Entrants should have a basic knowledge of crowdfunding and be prepared to promote and take responsibility of their campaign to ensure that it is successful in reaching its funding goal with the support of mentors and GOODFRUIT.
  • Winning entrants may be required to meet GOODFRUIT to discuss their campaign or hold regular Skype conversations leading up to their campaign.
  • Winning entrants must not use any other crowdfunding platform to self-publish their book.
  • Winning entrants are strongly recommended to use CALVERTS printers to print their book:
  • Winners will receive the full funding amount upon successful completion of their campaign after GOODFRUIT fees. GOODFRUIT takes a 7% fee (plus processing fees) for every successful campaign.

Judging and selection

  • A judging panel of practising writers, editors and GOODFRUIT will select a short-list of entrants and, from that list, select the winners. The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence about their decisions will be entered into. GOODFRUIT reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice. The judges reserve the right not to award the prizes, or to reduce the prize money, if, in their opinion, such action is justified for any reason.


  • The copyright in each submission remains with the author. Entrants are deemed to grant GOODFRUIT permission to use their work for publicity purposes only.


All questions and entries should be submitted to: [email protected]

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