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The International Rubery Book of the Year Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 March 2019
Entry: 
Open to all writers internationally who have published or self-published their work Entry fee £37
Prize: 
£1500 plus £150 for at least three category winners

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges.

It is open to all writers internationally and is awarded to a book published in print or ebook form. Books published by independent presses and self published books are eligible to enter  Read more

The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year 2018

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Closing date: 
8 June 2018
Entry: 
Writers of published fiction, non-fiction and poetry between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK and Ireland, published or self-published No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000 plus a 10 week residency and a year of mentoring, three runners-up £500

Submissions are being accepted until June 8 in one of the industry's longest-named awards, The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. The prize programme is designed to honour fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK and Ireland.  Read more

Polari First Book Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
1 May 2018
Entry: 
Books must have been published in English by a writer born or resident in the UK, but self-published books are eligible
Prize: 
None

Submissions are now open for this year's Polari First Book Prize, which celebrates the very best debut books that explore the LGBT experience, whether through poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 1 May, 2018.  Read more

Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award 2018

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Closing date: 
13 December 2017
Entry: 
Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire. No entry fee
Prize: 
£10,000

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work:

Submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract.  Read more

Galley Beggar Press open submission

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Closing date: 
31 July 2017
Entry: 
Open to all No entry fee
Prize: 
Possible publication

Norwich-based independent publisher Galley Beggar Press is opening up general submissions of adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction in order to "keep [itself] open to surprises and the wider world".  Read more

The Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017

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Closing date: 
2 June 2017
Entry: 
Published and self-published British and Irish authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry aged 18-35
Prize: 
£5,000

Self-published authors are being encouraged to submit to this year's The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, along with traditionally-published writers.

Submissions are now open for the £5,000 prize, which is given annually to the best work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish author aged between 18 and 35.  Read more

The International Rubery Book Award 2017

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Closing date: 
31 March 2017
Entry: 
Open to all fiction books by indie writers, self-published authors and books published by independent presses Entry fee £36
Prize: 
First Prize £1500 plus guaranteed read by London agent MBA

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published.  Read more

Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
29 January 2017
Entry: 
Open to anyone across the world between 18-35 years old. No entry fee.
Prize: 
£1,000 plus several other prizes

FT and Bodley Head launch essay prize 2016

First prize is £1,000 and an e-publication with the Bodley Head; a mentoring session with the Bodley Head and Financial Times; a subscription to FT.com; and a selection of Bodley Head books. Two runners up will win £500 each, e-publication, FT subscriptions and books.  Read more

Notting Hill Essay Prize 2017

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Closing date: 
9 January 2017
Entry: 
Open to all writers Entry fee is £20 to include a copy of the 2015 Winner’s book
Prize: 
£20,000 and £1,000 for 5 runners-up

The biennial Notting Hill Essay Prize, now in its third round, is open for submissions.

The Prize is open to unpublished essays in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, on any subject. The winner receives £20,000, with £1,000 for five runners-up. David Bradley took the top prize last year, for "A Eulogy for Nigger".  Read more

Decibel Penguin Prize 2008

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Closing date: 
7 April 2008
Entry: 
Writers are asked to submit true stories that illuminate the complexities, challenges and joys of having a mixed heritage Competition entries must be; between 1000 and 5000 words in length, non-fiction personal accounts of the experience of immigration to the UK, and aimed at an adult readership. There is no age limit for authors, who must not have had a full-length book published.
Prize: 
Winning entries will be published in a Penguin anthology in November 2008

Closing date 7 April 2008

Open to all UK residents

The third Decibel Penguin Prize is a competition for new writers, and winning entries will be published in a Penguin anthology in November 2008. Writers are asked to submit true stories that illuminate the complexities, challenges and joys of having a mixed heritage.   Read more

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