Writers' Award 2018

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who would benefit 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 or self-published a full length book of their own prose writing (with the exception of a collection of poetry).
  • Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire.

Submissions should be accompanied by a brief synopsis and a short biographical note. Applicants who submitted work for the 2016 Writers’ Award may re-apply but the work submitted must be new. Submissions for the 2018 Writers’ Award will open on 1st October 2017 and close on the 13th December 2017.   If your submission is on the longlist you will be notified in March.   The shortlist will be announced in late April.  The winner of the Award will be announced in London in mid-May at an event to which the three shortlisted authors will be invited.  The panel of judges for the 2018 award consists of Anne Enright (Chair), Jenny Uglow and Pete Hobbs.




Do you accept submissions from Children’s writers?
Yes, we do accept submissions of Children’s, YA, Middle-Grade etc

Can I enter if I have self-published a book before?
No, we do not accept submissions from self-published writers

Can I enter if I have had a book of poetry published before?
Yes, we do accept submissions from writers who have published a collection of poetry

What are the Commonwealth countries?
A list of British Commonwealth countries can be found here

Will I hear from anyone?
You will receive an automated response to your submission, but please note we are unable to respond to queries

I have submitted to the DRF Writers’ Prize before, can I submit again?
Yes, you can submit new work to the DRF Writers’ Prize, but not work you have submitted in a previous year

Can I submit more than one work?
No, we allow only one submission per writer

I have an agent/representation, can I still apply?
Yes, we accept submissions from writers’ with agents so long as they are not under option or contract to a publisher.

Can I enter if I have translated or edited a work or anthology?
If you have translated or edited a work you may enter the prize, so long as you are not the only contributor named in the work.

Can I enter if I have had a book published by a small academic press?
No, we do not accept submissions from writers’ who have previously published a book-length work

Do you accept submissions of graphic novels or picture books?
No, we do not accept these types of submissions.

I’m a published non-fiction/fiction writer, and this is my first work of fiction/non-fiction; am I still eligible?
No, we do not accept authors who have previously been published in a full-length format (with the exception of a collection of poetry).

Can I enter if I have had a short story or an essay published in an anthology?
Yes, in this case you would be eligible.