The prize is open to submissions of work written in World English by writers of any nationality or descent who at the time of entering are permanently resident in the United Kingdom or United States of America. The deadline for submissions is 18 March 2016.
Entries must be written by a single author.
The Gordon Burn Prize recognises exceptional books published over the previous calendar year. The 2016 award (awarded in October 2016 at the Durham Book Festival) will focus on work published between 1 June 2015 and 1 July 2016.
To be eligible, books must have been published in hardback, paperback or e-book formats during 2015 or 2016 in the UK or USA. Books that have previously been published outside of these territories are not eligible.
Books can be written in any genre and books that challenge genre are particularly encouraged. Works of translation, books for children, and poetry are not eligible for the award.
Entries can be submitted by either authors or publishers. If an author enters work for the award it will be assumed that she/he does so with the full commitment of their publisher. It is the responsibility of whoever enters the material to ensure that it is eligible.
Self-published books are not eligible and any publisher entering work must be a recognised professional publishing house that publishes a range of authors and titles each year and that distributes these works via recognised channels such as online retailers and through bookshops.
The award is not open to employees of Faber & Faber, New Writing North or members of The Gordon Burn Trust.
Publishers are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that all submitted titles are eligible for the prize.
To qualify, a submission must consist of two items: the book and a completed entry form. Submissions received after the February 16, 2016 deadline will be discounted.
New Writing North will make final decisions on eligibility. Their decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into on the subject.
Conditions of the prize:
Shortlisted writers must be available to participate in the awards ceremony at the Durham Book Festival in October 2016. The submitting author or their publisher must commit to resourcing the travel and accommodation costs of shortlisted writers for this event, especially for those entering from outside of the UK. We reserve the right to withdraw a book from the shortlist if the author is not available to come to the event.
All shortlisted authors must be available to participate in media and PR for the prize between the announcement of the shortlist in August and the awards ceremony in October 2016.
Authors and publishers must be willing to provide cover images and extracts of work that can be used on the awards website.
Publishers must ensure that copies of their shortlisted titles are available for sale in bookshops and to libraries at the time of the announcement of the shortlist. The publisher of the winning book must ensure that any reprints of the award-winning title carry the award's branding on the front cover.
If a title is shortlisted, we will require ten copies of the book for publicity purposes.
We reserve the right to vary the rules and conditions of entry and to make any amendments to the published schedule as are deemed necessary.