Could you be the next Jodi Picoult, Rose Carlyle or Jacqueline Bublitz?
Is there a manuscript in your bottom drawer just waiting to be finished? Have you got a burning idea for a bestselling novel?
We are delighted to announce the inaugural annual Allen & Unwin New Zealand Commerical Fiction Prize.
The winner will be awarded a publishing contract with an advance against royalties of $NZ10,000.
The prize will be open to all unpublished full-length manuscripts in the commercial fiction genre between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length, written by citizens and residents of New Zealand.
Both debut writers and already-published authors will be eligible to enter.
Entries are open from Wednesday 1 December 2021 and close on Friday 25 March 2022.
The winner will be announced in September 2022 and their novel will published the following year.
Allen & Unwin NZ Publishing Director, Jenny Hellen, is excited to see find out what undiscovered gems the award will uncover.
“Long recognised by the industry for the strength of our non-fiction list, we are now on a mission to find New Zealand’s best commercial fiction authors. We know there is a real appetite for quality commercial fiction and are looking forward to discovering strong New Zealand voices and new talent,” Jenny says.
Allen & Unwin NZ Publisher, Michelle Hurley, adds, “The Allen & Unwin NZ Commercial Fiction Prize is the perfect way to support New Zealand writers and give our readers fantastic, home-grown stories that resonate and we can’t wait to help foster Kiwi fiction writers.”