Inkitt’s Novel Contest

I feel so dirty using such a late post only to promote myself. I mean… yeah, that’s why I created a WordPress account, but still….

This post will not only be beneficial to me, but to my fellow writers on this site as well! So… yay!

I rarely go on Facebook anymore, but I did today and stumbled upon a Suggested Post for Inkitt, “The Revolutionary Agent and Publisher.” Never heard of the site. Almost didn’t think anything of it. I’d scrolled past plenty of other writing contests and such.

But I was like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

According to Inkitt’s Philosophy, they publish books based on an algorithm they created to detect how many people are reading your work on their site. It’s a writing site where you can post chapters or parts of your work for others to read, something similar to Wattpad or even Scribophile.

On Inkitt, stats talk. It might seem like any other site that relies on popularity, but that’s just how the story goes. If I couldn’t be popular in high school or even college, at least let it be online.

I’m looking around the site right now, clicking on random tabs and seeing where they go. You’re free to explore on your own because I want to get to the good stuff.

Story Peak² Novel Contest – Deadline: OCTOBER 3 12am PST

The information here is straight from the site itself (aren’t I nice? Saving you the trouble).

First, you submit your finished novel, 40,000 words minimum for a chance to win one of 3 publishing deals with Inkitt. “The three winners of the StoryPeak² Novel Contest will be determined by Inkitt based on how their novels perform amongst their readership.”

2. Inkitt

Once your novel is posted and approved, 100 copies can be reserved by your readers so, if you win, you will be given 100 copies of your book to distribute. Once 100 have been reserved, your novel will be reviewed for the contest.

You can sort of see why it can be a bit of a popularity contest–not that there’s anything wrong with that!

You can submit your novel one of two ways:

Type it/copy&paste it in chapter by chapter

OR upload a doc./docx of the entire novel.

If you upload it as a whole document, you’ll have to get up in there and ‘split’ the document into chapters. A little tiresome, but doable. Remove the copyright information at the beginning and end—anything that doesn’t pertain to the text itself.

There are guidelines so you can nicely participate in the community as well as format your submissions correctly. Be sure to look through them if you’re entering.

Pay special attention to the writing guidelines. Submitted stories undergo approval. I submitted mine yesterday afternoon, and woke up to an email this morning from Inkitt about my formatting: no text in the cover image, edit out the chapter titles from the text itself–the story editor feature numbers and titles the chapters for you.

I’ve already emailed Inkitt that I completed these tasks within the 24 hours, so I’m assuming that my story is undergoing approval right now and is visible on the site. The option to reserve a copy might come up later. We’ll see.


I am going to be lazy right now and simply snip the majority of the terms and paste them here as images. I have spent the last hour reading through my novel on the page and my eyes hurt from staring at the screen so much.

You can find this, and the rest of it, by clicking here. The contest info is all the way to the right, shoved to the side.

Now I hope the text isn’t too small. ಠ_ಠ

So, the contest runs from August 29th until 12am October 3rd. Only original novels. There are NO submission fees.

Also, notice the highlighted text? The contest accepts SELF-PUBLISHED novels as well! I thought I’d go ahead and submit ‘The Page‘ because… well, it’s my only completely novel so far. And if I’m fortunate enough to win, then the book could get an amazing relaunch.


The publishing deal details are sort of out of order. It actually goes like this:

FIRST, if you win, Inkitt will publish your work as an ebook. They will handle the marketing, work with you on the design and editing. The book will only be digitally published through Inkitt, and the Author (hopefully YOU) receive 50% of the royalties.

THEN, IF it sells well as an ebook, Inkitt will pitch your novel to the Big Players in the publishing industry: Random House, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, etc. Inkitt will negotiate the best licensing and print deals with the publisher on your behalf. This is when you would receive that 85% royalty.

Oh my gosh, Inkitt, please don’t be mad I ratted you out!

Of course… this is only if you win. There are THREE (3) publishing deals up for grabs, so three (3) winners.

Before any of that can remotely happen, you need to:

1. Submit your novel and tailor it to Inkitt’s guidelines.

2. Promote the s*** out of it and get 100 people to reserve a copy.

Readers can also review your work. So even if you get 100 reserved, the contest people will ALSO look at how engaged your readers are. Again, stats talk.

5. Inkitt

At the moment, my novel is pending approval, and copies can’t be reserved JUST YET. For now, it can be read for free.

Well, I think I covered the basics of the contest. Let me know if you’d like a follow-up post regarding my novel’s approval and other information.

If you decide to enter, comment a link to your submission below so that other readers can check out your stuff! Reblog for your followers! Share with friends who love to read and write! There are plenty of stories on Inkitt to choose from.

Thank you for your time.

[UPDATE] I did not win. However, I stumbled across brilliant stories there.


Author: Saffron Grey

"Saffron Grey" is a preferred pen name, something to be referred to online. Saffron wants to be cool. School and work a full-time job, writing is a dream career, blogging---a hobby, and acting---a dream. To do all three at the same time is a challenge gladly accepted. Saffron lives in California with her mother, sister, and their dog, Pepe.

6 thoughts on “Inkitt’s Novel Contest”

  1. Hi Marlin,
    Marvin from Inkitt here. Thank you so much for this great summary. That’s exactly what we encourage our writers to do – show off their works and thoughts to the world. Many of our authors ask us how to promote themselves, thinking it’s difficult, but once they’ve done the first few steps, everyone admits that it’s actually a lot of fun. I’d be happy to redirect them to your blog post which can serve as an outstanding example 🙂
    You’re definitely equipped with the right mindset and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun gathering your 100 readers! The whole Inkitt team wishes you the best of luck.

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  2. Thank you so much for this post.

    I have actually heard mixed things about Inkitt, but I’ve been super curious to try them out anyway. I really want their competitions to be a real thing, and I have also heard that they are publishing books now, or are going too soon.

    This has pushed me over the edge I’m going to give them a go and see what happens. I mean who knows I might win and get my book published. Just letting myself think that has me really excited.

    Thank you again, I really appreciate this article.

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  3. Ah man! I saw the same Facebook Ad and ignored it as just another competition. I think… I think I might have made a mistake. Thanks so much for the links I’m so into this I can’t wait.


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