Rules and entry

The award will be made on an annual basis. The 2019 Prize is for novels published between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019. 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 authors resident in the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) or the Republic of Ireland for three years prior to the date of submission for the award, 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 29 March 2019, 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, 28 June 2019. 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

25 January 2019

Closing date for submission of entry forms

29 March 2019

Closing date for submission of finished books

28 June 2019

Shortlist announced

2 October 2019

Winner announced

13 November 2019