Open to All First-Time Authors Writing in English: £10,000 Guardian First Book Award 2012

16 May 2012
Open to All First-Time Authors Writing in English: £10,000 Guardian First Book Award 2012
Deadline: 28 May 2012

The 2012 Guardian First Book Award, in association with Waterstones, is now open for entries from publishers.

The Guardian First Book Award is unique amongst book prizes for rewarding new writing across fiction and non-fiction, and for being judged by both a celebrity panel and readers from Waterstones book groups.

The annual award - established in 1999 and now in its 14th year - is open to all first-time authors writing in English, or translated into English, across all genres, and aims to recognise and reward the finest new writing talent. The winner will receive a £10,000 prize plus an advertising package in the Guardian and the Observer.

Previous winners of the Guardian First Book Award include Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer. Last year's winner was Siddhartha Mukherjee for his book, The Emperor of All Maladies.

Once again the Guardian has partnered with Waterstones to give readers the opportunity to shape the outcome of the award by taking part in regional store-based reading groups.

The judging panel to decide the shortlist will be chaired by Lisa Allardice, editor of Guardian Review, who said: "It's already looking like a stellar year for first books. I've no doubt that the 2012 Guardian First Book Award will be as hotly contested a competition as last year, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the submitted titles."

The deadline for entries is Monday 28 May. The longlist will be announced in August, the shortlist unveiled in October and the overall winner will be announced in December.


• Submissions are only accepted from publishing houses and publishers may submit up to two titles
• All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent
• Submitted books must be published between 1 Jan 2012 and 31 December 2012, and we will accept bound proofs
• All entries must be submitted by Monday 28 May


For inquiries: publishers with enquiries about the awards should email

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