Rules and entry

The award will be made on an annual basis. The 2018 Prize is for novels published between 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2018. 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 23 March 2018, 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, 29 June 2018. 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

26 January 2018

Closing date for submission of entry forms

23 March 2018

Closing date for submission of finished books

29 June 2018

Shortlist announced

26 September 2018

Winner announced

14 November 2018