How Does the Prize Work?

What is the Impress Prize for New Writers?

The Impress Prize was created by Impress Books to hunt for unpublished talent. After 13 years, we can safely say that there is a lot out there! We continue to champion and nurture new voices through our prize. Winners of past prizes have gone on to sell rights across the globe and some shortlisted authors have gone on to get multiple book deals with Impress Books.

In 2019, Impress Books became an imprint of Untold Publishing. Our ability to publish prize winners under a variety of imprints has given us more freedom and offers winners a more tailored experience. 

How can I enter?

Entry for the 2021 Impress Prize for New Writers opens on the 12th April 2021. To enter, please read through the Terms and Conditions and fill in a submission form. The entry fee is £25. You can pay the entry fee here. Please use the same name on your payment as you use for your submission.

How does the prize work?

Writers submit a 6,000 word sample of their manuscript, a synopsis, publishing rationale, and author biography to Impress. A shortlist is created by the Impress team, and this is then sent to a panel of external judges who decide on a winner. We will be announcing the 2021 panel in the coming months. The panel will consist of published authors, booksellers, agents and one member of the Impress team.

The prize is open to all writers who have not been traditionally published before (this makes eligible self-published authors, or writers who have had other work published including short stories, poetry, and academic work). 

We accept both fiction and non-fiction entries across all genres, but do not accept poetry.

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