Deadline: March 31, 2023

Entry fee $70

About the competition

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author’s profile. The Rubery Prize is a well-established name in the publishing world. 

Competition guidelines

  • This is an international competition and we accept submissions from anyone in the world provided all submissions are in English.
  • Each entrant will submit one copy of their book.
  • Entrants may be asked to send a further copy of their book.
  • Each entrant will fill out the entry form and either send with their book or submit it electronically.
  • Books published by independent presses and self published books are eligible to enter.
  • Entry fees will be paid either by PayPal or cheque (cheques in pound sterling ONLY). If paid by PayPal, your email confirmation should be printed out and sent with your book.
  • You may enter the competition as many times as you wish so long as each submission is accompanied with the relevant submission fee.
  • There is no publication date requirement but books should not be out of print.
  • Unpublished manuscripts are not accepted and will not be returned. No refund will be issued.
  • Entries cannot be returned.
  • The Rubery Book Award holds no responsibility for incomplete or ineligible entries. 
  • The website makes clear that books sent via a courier cannot be delivered to a PO Box. We are therefore not accountable if you go ahead and use a courier. We will also not issue refunds for undeliverable books.
  •  Anybody associated with the Rubery Book Award and employees is not eligible to enter.
  • Entries containing unacceptable (in Rubery Book Award’s opinion), indecent, defamatory, or discriminatory language, pornographic or other unlawful content shall not be considered. 
  • You must not use a courier when posting your entry. It is also your responsibility to fill out the customs forms and declarations correctly. Not doing so will result in your entry being returned. We take no responsibility for this.
  • If your entry is returned to you we will expect you to email us your entry as an ebook or Word document.
    If, in our judgement a refund is due, the request must be made within twenty eight days of the entry being made.
  • All prizes will be paid in sterling either by Cheque or PayPal. The Rubery Book Award cannot be held responsible for any fees levied by PayPal or fees associated with currency conversions.
  • By entering you agree that if you win one of our awards you will send us a photo with your award for us to post on our website and/or social media and to be used for any advertising.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • No feedback is offered and no personal comments regarding entries will be given.
  • Entries received after the closing date will automatically be put forward for the following competition. No refunds will be given.​
  • You retain all rights to your work.
  • Read the whole guideline and enter the competition here.
VoW Research
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