The new award from World of Books Group and the Society of Authors will run twice yearly
The World of Books Impact Award is for writers working on books that focus on social impact, sustainability or education. It will run twice a year, awarding the winning author a grant of £5,000 to support them to complete their work.
Applications are open to writers of books in any genre that have the power to inspire progressive behaviour change.
'We understand that words have the power to change the world,' said Graham Bell, chief executive of World of Books Group. 'Writers play a vital role in inspiring necessary changes in behaviour that go far in protecting the planet and making society a better place. We were founded on an ethos to support communities and protect the planet – and we're delighted to be able to provide support to writers who are working on exciting books that align with this purpose.'
To apply for the new World of Books Impact Award, writers should either have been commissioned to write a full-length work of poetry, fiction or non-fiction and need funding for research, travel or other expenditure, or be uncontracted to a publisher but have had at least one commercially published title and a strong likelihood that their next book will be published in Britain.
The closing date to apply for the first World of Books Impact Award is 1 July.
For full details see the website.