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Mysterious Affair

Mysterious Affair

Robots, aliens, detectives, and endless love epics

Sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and romance · Nov 1 2020

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There really is no better distraction than a good mystery novel. The classic did she or didn't she? The twists and turns of a psychological thriller that will have you checking behind every door at night, and will keep you guessing about main character's state of mind up until the very end. Or the tale of a charismatic defense attorney taking on a case that spirals into a nightmare, as he finds himself in a fight for his life.

There are also stories that explore the multi-layered interactions of religion, ecology, and human emotion, as well as depict issues like misogyny, tyranny, violence against women, restricted access to education, loss of autonomy, and environmental devastation. Maybe this comes in the form of fantasy or science fiction, which can also act as inspiration for scientists and explorers, perhaps seriously predicting machines and technology of the future.

And then of course, there are the ingredients of a great romance novel with a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. The lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship, and are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love. Think more clean and wholesome than fifty-shades style.

For this book proposal contest, Publishizer is seeking a broad range of new and unique mystery, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, young adult, and romance fiction stories that will excite even the most well-read existential wanderers who dream of robots, aliens, broken detective adventures, and the wholesome endless love epics that end in bike rides toward the horizon.

How It Works

Step 1: Pitch your book idea to this contest form on this page.

Step 2: Complete a submission with a video and proposal using our template.

Step 3: Launch a 30-day crowdfunding campaign to sell book pre-orders. 

The Winners

For this book proposal contest, all pitches will receive feedback from a Publishizer agent to help complete a book proposal and launch a pre-order campaign by November 1st, 2020. The winner of this contest will be the proposal with the most pre-order copies sold within 30 days, and is guaranteed an international publishing deal.

The top five campaigns win a dedicated email blast to 100,000 target readers and personal connections to our publishing partners. The top five campaigns win free cover design and formatting + one month of Amazon ads support to promote your book once it's published. If you don't win, there will still be opportunity to get published by our various publishing partners.

Previous contest winners include The Halo Effect, Floating in Darkness


Mrinalini Gupta

The Big Unknown

Mrinalini Gupta

In The Big Unknown, a little boy makes a wish and starts a series of events that poke a finger in the fabric of reality and rip it apart to ...





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Kelly O'Rourke

Sector 831

Kelly O'Rourke

T​he Sectors were created as the ideal form of quarantine. Each Sector occupied by one family, prepared to live the rest of their lives in isolation. The government hoped to ...





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Clare Estrada

Mariposa: The Bearded White God

Clare Estrada

"Mariposa: The Bearded White God" is the fifth book in my "Mariposa" series. Two young women from Las Vegas, members of the elite "Butterfly" cadre, journey this time to Argentina. ...





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Official Contest Rules

  1. All submissions must be approved and pre-order campaign launched by 1 November 2020 23:59 EST online on the Publishizer website to qualify.
  2. Open for submissions now until 1 November 2020 23:59 EST. 
  3. The prize will be awarded to the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold during the contest. Only the number of preorders and readers registered during the 30 days of the campaign will count towards the contest.
  4. Editors from independent and traditional publishing houses will judge and express interest in submissions based on originality of ideas, quality of writing, relevance of content, and Publishizer’s book proposal elements: Hook, Video, Synopsis, Author Profile, Sales Arguments, Audience, Similar Titles, Category, # of Pre-orders.
  5. Publishizer is accepting only original material, that has not been copied from any other work. Submissions must not have been previously published, produced or distributed in any other way. Entrants are entirely responsible for all content submitted.
  6. There are no purchase requirements or entry fees to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests.
  7. Anyone may participate. Entrants below the age of 18 must have parental consent. 
  8. Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified. 
  9. This contest has a prize of an international publishing deal, in-store book promotion, airport placement, distributed in retail stores, and a high-level of manuscript editing and support. The prize is not transferable, and the winner is responsible for all tax payments, international chargers, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to prize, if any. 
  10. In the event of a tie, the contest judges will select the winner together with the founders of Publishizer based on the same judging criteria. All decisions of judges are final.
  11. Within three months, the winner will be announced on the Publishizer website and social media accounts. Winners will be notified by email and receive information on publisher interest, deals, and next steps. Publishizer reserves the right to withdraw the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. Publishizer earns a 30% commission fee of all pre-order sales at the end of the preorder campaign. The commission on preorder sales is final and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Publishizer earns no commission fee from future deal authors make with publishers, nor cuts from future book sales after the crowd-publishing campaign has ended - unless the author signs Publishizer on as an agent, whereby the new contract will come into effect.
  13. By entering any of the Publishizer book proposal contests, an entrant (or legal guardian, if applicable) agrees to the following: 
    • to abide by and be subject under Publishizer general terms and conditions and the Publishizer book proposal contest official rules. 
    • to the release of their name, likeness and book proposal  for use on the Publishizer websites and social media and for other potential publicity purposes.
    • to the use of the registration information and consent to receiving correspondence from Publishizer. 
    • to indemnify and hold Publishizer, their respective promotional partners, affiliated companies, agencies and employees, harmless from and against any and all injury, losses, damages, costs and other expenses of any kind resulting from the participation in this contest, or from accepting or using any prize awarded.
  14. Publishizer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the official rules and terms and condition. Any “spamming”, harassment, suspicious or offensive behaviour and/or inappropriate use of the Publishizer website or email address is strictly forbidden. Any entrant deemed to be engaged in any fraudulent and/or suspicious activity will prompt an immediate disqualification of that party’s submission(s) into all past, present and future contests.
  15. Publishizer reserves the right to extend the submission deadline due to any unforeseen circumstances on a per user basis.
  16. In the event a book pre-order campaign is in the top 3 of this contest and does not reach 500 pre-order copies, it is up to the discretion of the Publishizer team whether or not to pitch the book to traditional publishers.
  17. Any “spamming”, harassment, suspicious or offensive behaviour and/or inappropriate use of the Publishizer website or email address is strictly forbidden. Any entrant deemed to be engaged in any fraudulent and/or suspicious activity will prompt an immediate disqualification of that party’s submission(s) into all past, present and future contests.
  18. Publishizer reserves the right to change, modify these terms and conditions, cancel, terminate, or suspend these contests, at its sole discretion, in the event of a technical failure, computer virus or bug, lack of contest submissions, unauthorized human intervention, fraud or any other occurrence or cause beyond its control that corrupts or adversely affects the administration, security, fairness or normal operation of the contests. 
  19. Under no circumstances will Publishizer, and their respective directors, employees, judges or affiliated companies be required to award more than the stated contest terms indicated in these rules or award the any additional prize(s) other than in accordance with these rules.