Creative writing competition: The 2020 Primadonna Prize


26 May 2020
Win £500 and representation in the competition for unpublished, unagented writers

The Primadonna Prize was launched last year by the Primadonna Festival to open up access to the publishing industry for new writers. This year the theme is 'the more things change' and the judges include Elif Shafak, Jun Sarpong and David Baddiel in addition to the Primadonnas: literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes, author Monisha Rajesh and publisher Lisa Milton.

The winner will receive £500 and an offer of representation by Cathryn Summerhayes. There are two runner up prizes (one for fiction, the other for non-fiction) of £100 and two hours of mentoring from a Primadonna author.

To enter the first round, send 500 words on the theme, which may be either fiction  or non-fiction. Shortlisted writers will be invited to submit writing between 3,000 and 5,000 words for the second round, plus (for fiction) a 250-word back of the book blurb and (for non-fiction) and 250-word overview.

The entry fee is £8.

The closing date is 27 July.

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For full details see the website.


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