Impress Prize

The Impress Prize for New Writers 2016

Impress Books is delighted to announce the 2016 Impress Prize for New Writers Shortlist:

  • A Terrible Clarity by Roy Peachey.

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  • Once a Happy Boy by Susan McRae

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  • South of Hannah by David Norman

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  • Take Flight by Hannah Foster

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  • The Chernobyl Privileges by Alex Lockwood

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  • The Elusive Madonna by Sheila Rogers

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  • The Guiltless by Christopher Branson

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  • The Paper Crane by J.L. Hall

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  • The Patchwork Variations by Manini Nayar

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  • The Shape of Your Song by Magdalena McGuire

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  • The Thickness of Blood by Andrew Stevens

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  • To Skin a Rabbit by Mark Brandi

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The winner will be decided on 5 October by this year’s panel: Michael Jecks, prolific writer of historical fiction; Julian Webb, one of Impress’s editorial assistants; Cathy Rentzenbrink, author and contributing editor at The Bookseller; Xander Cansell, marketing director at Unbound; and Richard Lee, who runs the Devon chapter of the Historical Novel Society and bookseller at Waterstones.

 

The prize was created to discover and publish new writing talent. Entries to the prize are assessed by the Impress team each year and a shortlist produced from which a panel chooses the winner. The panel is comprised of representatives from the publishing industry and the writing community.
The winner of the prize is offered a publishing contract with Impress books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. The Impress team also looks at all entries, whether on the shortlist or not, with a view to publication by Impress Books. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers and many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents.

It is our firm belief that the prize is not just about the winner but should encourage emerging authors to write and to provide them with a focus and forum for their talent.

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