How to submit

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

Key dates

  1. Submissions open: Monday 24 November 2020
  2. Deadline for applications: Friday 15 January 2021
  3. Shortlist of 3 writers will be announced: 1 June 2021
  4. The winner will be celebrated at a prize giving: 1 July 2021

Eligibility requirements

The Prize is free to enter and open to all writers who:

  • Live in England at time of application and until at least June 2022
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have not published a debut novel or full short story collection
  • Propose a clear case for support


Submissions are now closed.

All submissions must include:

  • A sample of work of up to 2,000 words demonstrating your talent and potential, which best illustrates your response to the Award.
  • A supporting statement of up to 250 words describing:
    • Your writing experience and achievements, including any publications and prizes
    • Why support is crucial at this point in your career and what kind of support would be most helpful to you
    • A description of your current writing project

Application deadline: 11.59pm GMT, Friday 15 January 2021