The 2018 prize is now closed. The shortlist will be announced at the end of August.
Now in its 12th 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.
The prize is a publishing contract with Impress Books in both print and eBook, and a £500 advance.
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 2018 panel in the coming months. The panel will consist of published authors, booksellers, agents and one member of the Impress team.
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, but do not accept poetry.
This is an amazing opportunity for emerging, unpublished writers to have their work assessed by experts and considered for publication by Impress.
The Day’s Heat by Roberta H. George won the Impress Prize for New Writers 2017.
Left to right: Lucy Powrie, Mel Mitchell, Tash Onwuemezi, Laura Christopher, Annabel Abbs
Set in the early sixties against the backdrop of impending national integration, the novel follows Lea James, a dark-skinned, Catholic, Lebanese girl who comes to a small south Georgia town and confronts the prejudices of her husband’s family and the community toward her nationality and religion.
The decision was made by a panel of judges: Lucy Powrie, blogger and creator of #UKYAchat, Annabel Abbs, author of the Impress Prize winner in 2015 The Joyce Girl, Mel Mitchell, editor at Nudge Book magazine, Tasha Onwuemezi, reporter for Independent Publishers at The Bookseller and Laura Christopher, Commissioning Editor at Impress Books.
Commissioning Editor Laura Christopher, who chaired the panel, said, “It was a difficult choice, but The Day’s Heat was a really strong entry, with a gripping synopsis and vivid protagonist. We’re very excited to announce it as our winner of the 2017 prize.”