Creative writing competition: Saudi Historical Fiction Awards


19 October 2021
Win a total of £30,000 in the new awards for historical fiction with a Saudi setting
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The inaugural Saudi Historical Fiction Awards have been launched by the Historical Novel Society and the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives. The Awards will be offered every year for English-language historical fiction with Saudi settings.

All entries must fit the HNS definition of historical fiction, including being set at least 50 years in the past, or 50% of the narrative in the case of dual timeline fiction. Historical fiction includes all types of genre fiction, ie crime, romance, adventure, horror etc.

The Awards welcome international entries, and are in two categories:

• The Saudi Historical Short Story Award for original, unpublished short fiction up to 5,000 words has a first prize of £10,000 and five runners-up prizes of £1,000. Entry is £10 (free for HNS members). The closing date is 15 November.

• The Saudi Historical Novel Award is for original, unpublished novel manuscripts between 60,000 and 150,000 words. The winner will receive £10,000 and there are runners-up prizes of £3,000 and £2,000. The closing date is 1 July 2022.

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