FAQs

What do you mean by writers of colour?
A writer of colour is someone who is not white, and the term encompasses all non-white groups. You may be from one or more of the following ethnic backgrounds (although this list is not exhaustive): African, Asian, Arabic, mixed race and non-white Latinx.

Who can enter the prize?
The prize is open to writers who self-identify as a person of colour, are based in the UK and have not had a book published before.

What do I have to submit?
You need to submit 5,000 to 10,000 words of either the opening of a novel or a short story. You will also need to write a short covering letter, and a summary of your entire work (consisting of no more than 1,000 words) alongside your entry.

The full terms and conditions can be found here.

How do I enter?
You will need to send your story, covering letter and summary as three separate PDF or Word documents to submissions@futureworldsprize.co.uk. More details can be found here.

Does my book need to be complete?
No, although your summary should give the judges an outline of your whole work.

Is poetry eligible?
Poetry is not eligible.

I’ve been published before, can I still enter?
Future Worlds Prize aims to find new talent, and so we cannot accept entries from anyone who has been published before.

I have written a few different books, can I submit them all?
Please choose your best work to submit. We will only accept one submission per writer. If you submit more, your work will be disqualified.

Will I get feedback on my work if I’m not successful?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of entries we expect to receive, we are unable to offer one to one feedback to everyone who enters. You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for the prize.

I have another question, how do I contact you?
You can email info@futureworldsprize.co.uk with other queries.