The panel will meet in October to choose the winner.
Congratulations to all those on the shortlist and many thanks for all those who entered the prize again this year!
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.
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.
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This is an amazing opportunity for emerging, unpublished writers to have their work assessed by experts and considered for publication by Impress.