Deborah Rogers Foundation Announces Second DRF Writers Award (2018)


Deborah Rogers Foundation Announces Second DRF Writers Award (2018)
 

  • Submissions open from 1 October until 13 December 2017
  • Man Booker winner, Anne Enright, to chair the judges
  • Ponti, winner of the inaugural award, already sold in 8 countries

The board of the Deborah Rogers Foundation, set up in 2015 in memory of the universally loved and respected literary agent, Deborah Rogers, is delighted to announce that submissions for the second DRF Writers Award will open on 1 October 2017 and close on 13 December 2017.

The judges of the 2018 DRF Writers Award will be Anne Enright (Chair), Pete Hobbs and Jenny Uglow. They will announce their shortlist in April 2018 and the award will be presented in London on Wednesday 16 May.       

'Winning the Deborah Rogers Award was life-changing and provided me with the confidence and support to finish my novel. I feel unbelievably lucky and grateful for it.' - Sharlene Teo, the 2016 winner.


The 2018 DRF Writers Award
 

£10,000 will be presented to a first-time writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who needs financial support to complete their work:

  • Submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract.
  • Applicants may not be under contract to any publisher for any work or title.
  • Applications are only open to writers who have not previously published a full length book of their own prose writing (including self-published or published on-line) excluding a collection of their own poetry.  They may have published short prose writing within a magazine/anthology.
  • Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire.
  • Submissions should be accompanied with a brief synopsis and biographical note.
  • Applicants who submitted work for the 2016 Writers Award may re-apply but the work submitted must be new.

 

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