Impress Prize

“The Impress Prize was my gateway to being a full-time writer. It gave me the confidence and recognition I needed to justify changing careers. Since winning it in 2015 I have published 3 books which have been published in over 20 countries and translated into 12 languages. I owe much of this to the 2015 Impress prize.”

Annabel Abbs, author of The Joyce Girl and Frieda.

Now in its 13th year, the prize was created to champion and nurture new voices. Winners of past prizes have gone on to sell rights across the globe, and those shortlisted have enjoyed multiple book deals with Impress Books.

The prize is open to all writers who have not been traditionally published before (this makes eligible self-published authors, or writers who have had other work published including short stories, poetry, and academic work). We accept both fiction and non-fiction entries across all genres including YA but do not accept poetry or children’s fiction.

The prize is a £500 cash prize and Impress Books will consider the winner for publication.

Writers submit a 6,000 word sample of their manuscript, a synopsis, publishing rationale, and author biography to Impress. A shortlist is created by the Impress team, and this is then sent to a panel of external judges who decide on a winner.

We will be announcing the 2019 panel in the coming months. The panel will consist of published authors, booksellers, agents and one member of the Impress team.

This is an amazing opportunity for emerging, unpublished writers to have their work assessed by experts and considered for publication by Impress Books. New this year is the option for entrants to receive editorial feedback on their entry for an extra £75.

All of the winners of the Impress Prize for New Writers, and some of the shortlist, have been published, a few of them are:

2018 Sophie Haydock, The Flames, to be published this year.

2017 Roberta George, The Day’s Heat.

2017 Commendation. David Norman, South of Hannah.

2016 Magdalena McGuire, Home is Nearby.

2015 Annabel Abbs, The Joyce Girl.