Award for Non-Published Historical Fiction

£5000 ($8000) prize plus e-publication (to include professional copy-editing and cover design)
For an unpublished novel that is neither under contract nor option
International and open to all (previously published or unpublished authors)
HF of any kind admissible
Electronic submission only
Initial submission of synopsis and first chapter(s) up to 5000 words by 30 September 2012
Entry fee: $25 for non-members, $15 for HNS members
Long list of 15 selected by experienced HNS reader panel, moderated by Richard Lee (see guidelines)
Long list announced by 30 November 2012 and authors asked to enter full manuscripts
Shortlist of 3 selected by reader panel for announcement by 31 January 2013

Winner chosen by three international top judges: Matt Bates (fiction buyer for WH Smith Travel), Carole Blake (head of the book division at Blake Friedmann), and Heather Lazare (senior US editor with Touchstone, Simon & Schuster)

Winner announced by 11 March 2013

Details and rules here:

3 Responses

  1. Assuming that you don’t win or get shortlisted, can you submit the manuscript somewhere else, or does it become the property of the contest?

  2. i have no idea! contact the organisers – although I’d imagine that, if the prize isn’t a publishing contract, then it belongs to you and you can what you like with it.

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