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Working-Class Writers' Prize

Are you a writer who identifies as working-class? Looking for an opportunity to get your writing out there? Are you getting ready to take that next step on the path to publication?

About

At Writers & Artists, we believe in the power of stories and how they can help open up lines of communication based on shared human experience. Everyone should be – and needs to be – part of the conversation. Too many stories slip through the cracks, so how about we change that? 

The winner of our Working-Class Writers' Prize will receive editorial feedback on their writing from our judge – acclaimed author and ardent advocate of working class writers, Natasha Carthew – as well as a complimentary place at one of our How To Get Published events held at Bloomsbury Publishing or one of the other locations we’re hosting an event in 2019. The winner will also receive a copy of one of our Writing Companion Guide series, and a copy of the latest edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or Children's Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. Five highly-commended entries will also receive a copy of either Yearbook.  

To enter, all you have to do is submit a sample of your writing – the beginning of your current work-in-progress – and this must be no more than 2,000 words, as well as a synopsis to match your current work-in-progress, You need to be registered to the W&A website in order for your entry to be considered, and must submit your entry to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com with the subject line W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2019.

The closing date for entries is midnight Monday 10th June. The shortlist will be announced on the blog pages of our site on Monday 15th July with the winner, as chosen by Natasha, will be announced in early August 2019.

To Enter

To enter this competition you need to submit:

• A piece of prose of no more than 2,000 words, of your current work-in-progress, attached to your email in a.doc or .pdf format

• A synopsis to match your current work-in-progress, attached to your email in a.doc or .pdf format

• A description of up to 200 words, outlining your writing background and how you self-identify as a working-class writer. This should be written in the body of your entry email, and finish with your name and contact details.
(Please note that this description can be as short as you want; we're not looking for 'credentials' or stead-fast justification, but simply how this prize speaks to you.)

Remember to submit your entry to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com using the subject W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2019.

Please note that this prize doesn't require you to write about working-class issues in your piece of prose. If your writing consists of this, then that's absolutely fine, but we welcome writing of all genres: science-fiction, romance, literary, children's, and everything else in between.

Eligibility

For your entry to be eligible for consideration you must:

• Consider yourself from a working class background

• Be over 18 and living in the UK

• Not have a publishing contract or agent

• Submit an original piece of writing 

Prizes

The winner will receive the following:

• A critique on their writing from best-selling author Natasha Carthew, including a phone call/Skype to discuss your next steps as a writer

• A complimentary place at one of our one-day How To Get Published events held at Bloomsbury Publishing, or one of the other locations we’re hosting an event in 2019. The day will compose of writing workshops and discussions with publishing industry experts and literary agents.

• A copy of the latest edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook/Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

• A choice of one of our Writing Companion Guide series

The other four shortlisted writers will receive the following:

• A copy of the latest edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook/Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

• A choice of one of our Writing Companion Guide series

Judge

Natasha Carthew is a Working Class Country Writer from Cornwall where she lives with her girlfriend. She has written two books of poetry, as well as three novels for young adults; Winter Damage, The Light That Gets Lost and Only the Ocean, all for Bloomsbury. Her first literary novel for adults All Rivers Run Free, has just published in paperback with Riverrun/Quercus/Hachette. Natasha has written for many publications on the subject of both Wild Writing and Working Class issues, including; Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, Eco-Fiction, Trip Fiction, The Guardian, Books For Keeps, The Big Issue, Project Twist-It and the Dark Mountain Project. She’s currently writing her second literary novel for adults and a new collection of rural poetry.

Terms & Conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize.


1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

2. The competition is open to all professions and nationalities, however you must live in the UK & IRELAND to be eligible. 

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

4. Writers may submit one entry only.

5. All entries must be in prose and written in English.

6. You must be at least 18 years-old to enter.

7. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for our newsletter via our site if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on www.writersandartists.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where competition updates will also be posted.

8. Entrants must be of working-class background, and will need to provide this information in their entry.

9. Entries must be submitted via email to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com with the subject heading: "W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2019”. Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry must be sent in a Word/PDF attachment. As long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.

10. Your entry must be submitted before midnight Monday 10th June. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

11. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry on www.writersandartists.co.uk in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

13. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

14. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

15. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this prize without notice.

16. The winner of the competition will be notified in early August 2019 and the winning entry will be published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

17. Prizes must be taken by 31st December 2019 and are subject to availability.

18. The winning prize cannot be exchanged for the monetary equivalent. 

19. The decision of the competition judge will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

20. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

21. There is no obligation on Bloomsbury Publishing PLC to publish any of the entrants to the short story submission, in print or in eBook, or to offer any sort of editorial advice.

22. Please send direct competition queries to waybcustomerservices@bloomsbury.com. Any sent to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com will not be answered.