The 5th Virginia Prize for Fiction
Now open for submissions
Aurora Metro, the Twickenham-based arts organisation, is once again searching for the best new fiction by a woman writing in English. The winner will receive £1,000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books.
This biennial prize was launched in 2009 as a tribute to Virginia Woolf who published her first novel, The Voyage Out, whilst living in Richmond. The prize’s founder, publisher Cheryl Robson, hopes that “by naming this prize in Virginia Woolf’s memory we will inspire women to find their voice and contribute to the pantheon of great women writers.”
The prize is open to any woman (over 18) around the world, writing in English. The novel can be of any genre but cannot have been published or self-published before.
Deadlines: 1 August 2017 (early bird entry fee of £10)
1 October 2017 (full price entry fee £15)
The winner of the 4th Virginia Prize for Fiction was Dipika Mukherjee for her novel Shambala Junction, which tackles the heart-breaking subject of child trafficking in India in a thoughtful and hopeful way. Launched at the Richmond Literary Festival in November 2016 it has been generating enthusiastic reviews from around the world.
Previous winners were Fiona Rintoul for The Leipzig Affair, a thriller that shifts from East to West Germany, and from the dark days of the 1980s to present reunification. Mary Hamer’s novel Kipling & Trix explores the truth about Alice “Trix” Kipling, delving into the heart of the relationship between a difficult brother (Rudyard Kipling) and his troubled sister. Louise Soraya Black won the inaugural prize in 2009 for her novel Pomegranate Sky, an evocative story of love and lies set against the turmoil of post-revolutionary Tehran.
Could you be next?
For more information about the prize and to enter please go to: http://aurorametro.com/newsite/home/virginia-prize-fiction/