What is this and what are we offering?

  • Our goal is to find and give a spotlight to local authors. All Canadian authors are welcome to submit, but preference will be given to Nova Scotian authors.
  • We are only accepting novels. No short stories, nonfiction, or poetry (this time).
    • All works must be original. No fanfiction.
  • Self-published and traditionally published are both acceptable. However, it MUST have a physical manuscript. No ebooks because we want to have your work in store.
  • The submission period lasts three weeks, but the judging period will take longer. We are a small store with a small staff. It will take time to read and judge the works.
  • If your novel wins, NovelTea Bookstore and Gifts will prominently display your work in store for twelve weeks as well as make a video and post for social media. Once again, our business is small, so please understand that we cannot run a wide-reaching social media campaign.
  • Tell us something about your work. This can include premise, genre, content warnings, or anything you would like us to know before we read your work. (optional, 75 word max)