How to Enter
To apply for the 2019 Impress Prize simply fill in the form below and attach your sample chapter before clicking through to Paypal to process your payment.
Deadline: 30/06/2019 5pm GMT. If your file is too large send as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do your homework. Read both inside and outside the genre you’re writing in. Keep an eye on the current market, and figure out where your book fits in with the current trends.
Know the difference between a blurb and a synopsis. The blurb is what ends up on the back of the finished product, something to entice the reader. On the other hand, publishers need to have a full synopsis of the plot, we need the spoilers to know where the plot is going. The 6,000 word sample is just the beginning. By all means submit your dream blurb, too, but ensure the synopsis is prioritised.
Network with other authors. Either on social media or at events, make an effort to reach out to authors whether their work is similar to yours or not. You’ll make contacts, and learn a lot about the life of a published author. Going to events is another must, you’ll often find like-minded writers, and may bump into an agent or two!
Get some distance. Write it down, walk away for a few weeks and then come back to your manuscript with fresh eyes. If by the time you’ve finished your book there is a sentence that has never been tweaked, polished and edited then there is probably something wrong with it.
There is a £25 entry fee to cover the administration costs of the prize. And this year for the first time there is the option to receive feedback on your entry. Use the drop down menu below to select payment of £100 to cover the cost of both the entry and feedback.