There’s only one month left to enter this year’s Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. But never fear, that’s plenty of time to get your first three chapters and synopsis into tip-top shape! We here at EWF know that prize submissions can sometimes be a daunting task, so here’s some resources that you can draw from to ace your entry.
1. Read the Submission Guidelines
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many entries we receive each year that clearly haven’t read the submission guidelines. This is the document that contains all the info you need to make sure you’re eligible, what to submit and how to structure your entry. It’s worth studying this carefully – there’s a lot of information and we’d hate for you to put in all that work on your chapters, only to find you’re ineligible!
2. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve read the submission guidelines and you’re still not sure about something, never fear – chances are somebody else has had the same question! We’ve put together a fact sheet full of questions we get a lot, including the age-old dilemma of what counts as an unpublished writer (hint: it depends).
3. Listen to the From Prize to Publication episode of our podcast
Those lucky enough to attend the Pitching in Publishing Masterclass at EWF17 were treated to an eye-opening discussion between a previous winner of the Richell Prize, a shortlistee and their publisher. They discussed what makes a good synopsis, how to write a compelling chapter breakdown, and what the prize could do for your career. And best of all, we recorded it and put it on our podcast!
Listen to the recording below.