Was 2020 going to be the year you showcased your manuscript with the world but just didn’t get around to it? Given the year that was, we’ll let you off. But now it is 2021. There are some exciting opportunities for you this year, so we’ve created a list of manuscript awards for you to enter. We’ll keep updating the list throughout the year, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to choose from. Time to get your story out there…
Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction
Page Turner Awards
2021 Unpublished Contest
The Fogarty Literary Award
The Valerie Parv Award
The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
The Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers
Island Nonfiction Prize
Daisy Utemorrah Award
2021 Queensland Literary Awards: Development awards and prizes
2021 Queensland Literary Awards: Published book awards and prizes
2021 Banjo Prize
The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2022
Kate Challis RAKA Award
Victorian Community History Awards 2021
2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
The Watson, Little Prize
Children’s Peace Literature Award 2021
Peter Blazey Fellowship
Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award
The 2021 Speculate Prize
The ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize
The Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2022
If you think that dusty manuscript may need a little more TLC before you enter any manuscript awards, then you may need our Write Your Novel program. Through our 6 or 12-month program, you will have the opportunity to workshop your entire manuscript to whip it into shape plus receive professional feedback from an industry guru on your story.
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Can a self
Yes, a self-published author can win awards, it just depends on the writing contest, the judges, and of course, your writing. While entering a writing contest does not guarantee a writing award, by default, the more writing contests you enter, the higher your chances are of winning.
How are books selected for awards?
A panel of judges selects a Longlist of ten titles per category, which is then narrowed to five Finalists, and a Winner is announced at the Awards Ceremony in the fall.
Do authors get awards?
Book awards are not only a wonderful honor for an author (and publisher!), but for self-published and traditionally published books alike, they can also can stir up media attention, tap into new audiences, support promotional efforts, and boost sales.
Can a self
No self-published author has yet been awarded any of the big three – the Pulitzer, the Man Booker or the Nobel Prize for Literature, although one did come close. (Read Jill Paton Walsh's account of being shortlisted here.)