Entry Requirements

The Impress Prize for New Writers will open on April 1st 2019 and submissions must be received no later than June 30th 2019            -5pm GMT

Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter, the latter should be of no more than 6,000 words. We accept both fiction and non-fiction across most genres, including YA. However, we will not accept poetry or children’s fiction submissions.

The proposal should include the following information:

– Name and contact details of author (including email, mobile number and landline number).
– Author biography.
– Rationale for publishing the book.
– Synopsis/plot summary.
– Market readership.
– Illustrations (if appropriate) and proposed length.
– The proposal length is 1000 words maximum.

The sample chapter should be:

– Written in English.
– Printed in 12pt typeface.
– Double spaced on single-sided A4 sheets.
– Maximum 6,000 words long.
– Developed such that it can be published in the following year.

Terms and Conditions

1. Conditions of Entry

i.            Online entry costs £25 per entry.

ii.         Entrants will be able to apply for the feedback option at the cost of £75. Applications will be open from the 1st of April until the 30th of November.

iii.            All entries must be received by 5pm GMT on 30/06/19.

iv.            Impress Books reserves the right to reasonably refuse an entry if it is submitted after the closing deadline. Your submission will be refunded in this instance.

v.            You must be 16 years of age and over to enter the Impress Prize for New Writers.

vi.            The Impress Prize for New Writers is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.

vii.            The Prize is open to writers of fiction and non-fiction, however it does exclude poetry. If you have previously published an academic work, you are permitted to submit a work of fiction.

viii.            Impress Prize entrants must not have had a full work published by any traditional publishing company.  This does not include self-published works, chapters/short stories in an anthology, or academic text books.

ix.            By entering the Impress Prize you confirm that the entry is your own work and that the rights are not owned by anyone other than yourself in any form.

x.            By entering the Impress Prize you confirm that the entry is not libellous or unlawful.

xi.            You can enter as many different entries as you wish. Please note that each submission is subject to a separate entry fee.

xii.            Impress Books reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. If you are disqualified based on information omitted from your entry, you will not be refunded.

xiii.            Impress Prize entries cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered into the competition.

xiv.            Entrants are granted a 14 day cooling off period from the date of submission. If you choose to withdraw from the prize within this cooling off period, you will be granted a full refund.


2. Entry Requirements

i.            Entries should comprise of a book proposal of no more than 1,000 words and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words.

ii.            The proposal should include: name and contact details of the author, author biography, rationale for publishing the book, synopsis and/or contents, market readership.

iii.            The sample chapter should be: written in English, written in 12pt typeface, double spaced, developed to a point where it can be published in the following year.


3. Conditions of Selection

i.            No more than 12 entries will be selected for the shortlist.

ii.            The selection process is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into once the shortlist has been announced.

ii.            On the condition that your entry is shortlisted, you grant Impress Books permission to consider your work for publication once the Prize winner has been announced.

iii.            By submitting an entry to the Prize you grant Impress Books the right to advertise your name and the title of your entry on the Impress Prize website if you are shortlisted.

4. Conditions of Winning

i.            The prize is a £500 cash prize and Impress Books will consider the winner for publication. If offered a contract with Impress Books, negotiations would be between the publisher and the author/agent.

ii.            By winning the prize, in the event of the winner being represented by an agent, you grant Impress Books permission to contact your agent and enter into negotiations with them.

iii.            Impress Books has first refusal on purchasing the worldwide publishing rights in all languages of the winning entry for a period of one year after winning the prize.

iv.            Impress Books reserves the right to edit the winning entry of the Impress Prize once a publishing contract has been negotiated and signed by both parties based on the author’s approval.

v.            The winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers is deemed by way of entering the competition to have granted Impress Books worldwide licence over their Impress Prize entry for publicity purposes. Selected pieces may appear in electronic format on the Impress Books and Impress Prize websites, or in other electronic forms.

5. Disclaimer

i.            Impress Books cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Impress Prize for New Writers competition.

ii.            Impress Books will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered on this site is secure and will not be passed on to third parties.


6. Agreement of Entry

i.            By submitting your entry and paying the fee, you acknowledge and accept the listed terms and conditions.