Text Box:     Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition Judges


For our Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, we are fortunate to have the services of a vibrant and rapidly growing publishing house to judge the entries.

An independent UK-based publisher, Crooked Cat Books is run by husband and wife team, Laurence and Steph Patterson.


With years of experience in writing, manuscript editing, reviewing and critiquing, business marketing, and a number of publications in the fields of romantic fiction and academia between them, they, together with four freelance editors, work tirelessly with authors to create stunning novels in the following genres: Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Fiction, Chick Lit, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery and Young Adult

More information about their authors and the exciting titles released so far can be found on their website Crooked Cat Books.


Winning or being placed will not guarantee an offer of publication. However, Crooked Cat Books may, at their own discretion, ask to see further chapters and/or complete manuscripts of those entries which make the shortlist.