Rules and entry

The award will be made on an annual basis. The 2017 Prize is for novels published between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017. A shortlist of six books will be announced in September, and the prize will be awarded at a ceremony to be held in November.

Submitted novels, written in English by citizens of the UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) or the Republic of Ireland, must be published by a publisher based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the prize year. Reissues, anthologies, collections of short stories, and self-published books are not eligible for the prize, and authors must be living at the time of submission. Submissions will be effected via publishers of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, who will be able to submit a book (or manuscript) via the form below. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form. If finished copies are not available by 24 March 2017, bound proofs may be submitted on condition that they are of good quality and that the content reflects that of the final book. If proofs are submitted, final copies should be sent in as soon as they are available and no later than 5pm, 30 June 2017. The judging panel will also have the right to call in books that have not been put forward.

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Key dates

Prize open for submissions

20 January 2017

Closing date for submission of entry forms

24 March 2017

Closing date for submission of finished books

30 June 2017

Shortlist announced

27 September 2017

Winner announced

8 November 2017