How to submit

Before submitting please note the key dates and eligibility requirements. If you have questions please contact

Key dates

  1. Submissions open: Friday 27 September
  2. Deadline for submissions: Friday 29 November
  3. Longlisted books announced: April 2020
  4. Longlist celebration event:  April 2020
  5. Short listed books announced: May 2020
  6. Award Ceremony:  June 2020

Eligibility requirements

  • A debut full-length novel written in English
  • Open to full-length literary fiction novels written for adults
  • By an author whose permanent place of residence is in the UK or Ireland
  • Published in print form in either UK or Ireland between 1 April 2019 and March 2020
  • Shortlisted authors must be available to attend the prize ceremony in June 2020
  • Authors must be living at the time of submission
  • Books should be submitted digitally or 5 hard copies received before the deadline
  • Submissions must be from the publisher
  • For full details download the Publishers’ Information Sheet


Click here to access the submissions form.