Deadline: March 31, 2023

About the competition

The competition is organizad by the Deborah Rogers Foundation.  The competition is open to writers who have not previously published or self-published a full-length book of prose.

Entrants must reside in the British Commonwealth or Eire.

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work.

Submissions should take the form of 15,000 – 20,000 words of a work in progress. The work can be fiction, non-fiction, children’s or short stories.

Judges will be Abdulrazak GurnahClaire Adam and Annalena McAfee.

The competition is free to enter.

The winner receives £10,000 and the two shortlisted authors £1,000 each.

Competition guidelines

  • Submissions should take the form of 15,000 – 20,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is n¬ot under option or contract
  • Applicants may not be under contract to any publisher for any work or title in any language
  • Applications are only open to writers who have not previously published or self-published a full-length book of prose (with the exception of a collection of poetry)
  • Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth or Eire
  • Submissions should be accompanied by a brief synopsis and a short biographical note.
  • Applicants who submitted work for previous Writers Awards may re-apply but the work submitted must be new
  • The winner receives a cheque for £10,000 and each runner-up receives £1,000
  • Read the whole guideline and submit an entry here.
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