Writers Award Submissions
Submissions consisting of an extract of 15,000 - 20,000 words, synopsis and biographical note (in that order) should be in a single document, in 12-point font, double spaced in a Word Document or PDF format.
Please complete the following checklist before uploading your submission.
You have not previously submitted this work to the DRF Writers Award
You are not agented, under option or contract
You are a resident of the British Commonwealth or EIRE
You have not previously been published or self-published (with the exception of a collection of poetry)
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
Can I have been published in another language?
No, unfortunately we do not accept submissions from authors who have previously been published in any language
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 Award before, can I submit again?
Yes, you can submit new work to the DRF Writers Award, 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?
We do not accept submissions from writers with agents. Additionally writers cannot be 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, picture books or cookery 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 prose 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, journal or magazine?
Yes, in this case you would be eligible
Can I enter if I have had a script for a play, film or TV published?
Yes, you would be eligible