Impress Prize for New Writers

The 2020 Impress Prize for New Writers is now Closed for submissions

Welcome to the Impress Prize for New Writers!

Impress Prize is an annual literary prize run by Impress Books, an imprint of Untold Publishing, that allows new writers the chance to see their work published.

We're delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Impress Prize for New Writers. They are:

The Life and Death of Ivan Santo, by Nina Sabolik

  • ‘The synopsis is very encouraging: interweaving the historic line of events from the 1930’s onwards with unexpected hardships in the protagonist’s path. The story of Ivan gets off to a flying start, drawing the reader in.’

A Cypress Tree Has No Shadow, by Kevin Gerard Neill

  • ‘In a great balance of description, narration and introspection, the swift accurate style tells as much how the character is running away from something as how she enters a new world where she has no idea what she will face.’

Baby? It’s Complicated, by Audrey Ward

  • ‘The author has a very clear tone of voice and writes with confidence. There is a healthy amount of humour and the emotions and thoughts of the author are very clearly defined and well delivered, engaging and enjoyable.’

Orris and the Shadow Maiden, by Sevastian Volkov

  • ‘With sincerely inspiring and moving characters and well-crafted style that sounds like music to one’s ears, the story succeeds in enchanting any reader, child or grownup. The plot is highly original and imaginative, whilst still calling on fantastical tropes.’

Arcadia Echoes – Lucy Ashe

  • ‘The temporal disconnection between the two narrators is interesting as it illustrates the cyclical nature of the negative social and natural elements of the world. An interesting take on a dystopian, climate change themed novel.’

The judging panel for the shortlist will be announced shortly and the winner of the 2020 Prize will be announced in early 2021.

Jeff Collyer, CEO of Impress Books, said, ‘These entries are fabulous pieces for the times in which we live and any of them would be a worthy winner. There have been so many brilliant submissions and it’s been incredibly difficult to select just five entries for the shortlist.’

We express our thanks to all those who have entered this year’s prize. The standard of entry has been exceptionally high and choosing the shortlist has been very challenging! If you’d like to be the first to hear news about the prize, please sign up to our newsletter below or follow us on social media.

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