NaNoWriMo Novels, Unite!

Submissions Open

December 6, 2021

You came. You typed. You CONQUERED! You’ve spent all of November crafting your novel. Now take your shiny new manuscript to the next level and enter to win cash prizes for your first chapter in the process. All novels are unique, therefore all genres are welcome. We love a good story, especially if it’s the start of something more.


All winning stories will be greenlit for Tales Publication

$600 prize

Exclusive Experience Package: Meet with the Tales Content Team to assist with story experimentation

Story will receive promotional placement onsite, within Tales app and across all Tales platforms

Story will receive "Award Winner" badge

$300 prize

Story will receive promotional placement onsite, within Tales app and across all Tales platforms

Story will receive "Award Winner" badge

$100 prize

Story will receive promotional placement onsite, within Tales app and across all Tales platforms

Story will receive "Award Winner" badge

Contest Judges

Marissa James
Fiona McLaren

Submission Guidelines

We’re seeking short stories with a maximum of 3,000 words. Entries are currently restricted to English only. One entry per author is permitted. Any submissions that do not align with our content guidelines will not be read or considered.

All submissions will be reviewed by Tales. Top submissions will be reviewed by our guest judges. All entries will be required to be submitted in a DOC/DOCX format. To best advertise your story across our platform, we ask that every submission include a cover image with dimensions of 1200 x 1630.

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NaNoWriMo Novels, Unite!

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Rachel Howzell Hall

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Rachel Howzell Hall is the critically acclaimed author and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist for And Now She’s Gone, which was also nominated for the Lefty-, Barry-, Shamus- and Anthony Awards and the Audible Originals bestseller How It Ends.

A New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, Rachel is an Anthony-, International Thriller Writers- and Lefty Award nominee and the author of They All Fall Down, Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash,
Trail of Echoes and City of Saviors in the Detective Elouise Norton series. Her next thriller, These Toxic Things, out in September 2021, recently received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, calling the novel ‘cleverly-plotted’ and ‘a refreshing take on the serial killer theme.’

Rachel is a former member of the board of directors for Mystery Writers of America and has been a featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed Crime in the City series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast; she has also served as a mentor in Pitch Wars and the Association of Writers Programs. Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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KJ Howe

International Thriller Writer

Born in Toronto, Canada, KJ enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle during her early years, living in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean, which gave her an insider’s view into many different cultures. While abroad, she read every book she could find, which triggered in her a desire to create her own stories.

She attended Salzburg International Preparatory School, Neuchâtel Junior College, and Albert College before earning a Specialists Degree in Business from the University of Toronto. KJ found success in the corporate world, but her passion for travel, adventure, and stories drew her back to school where she earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She also won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

While honing her fiction skills, KJ worked as a medical, health, and fitness writer. She then became involved with the International Thriller Writers as the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the organization’s annual conference held every July in New York City.

In preparation for writing THE FREEDOM BROKER series, which focuses on elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris, KJ spent extensive time researching the dark world of kidnapping. She has interviewed former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K&R insurance executives.

KJ is an avid tennis player, cyclist, and swimmer. Travel and adventure still rank high on her priority list. She has had the pleasure of riding racing camels in Jordan, surfing in Hawaii, ziplining in the Costa Rican jungle, diving alongside Great White Sharks in South Africa, studying modern combat in the Arizona desert, and working with elephants in Botswana. Home is in Toronto, Canada, but she is often missing in action.

NaNoWriMo Novels, Unite!