for the BIWC Prize

The Prize

  • Winner – £250*, certificate, BIWC Prize trophy.

  • Runner-up – £50, certificate.

  • Top 5 – interview and promotion in Bard of the Isles magazine and website.

  • All participants – photo, bio and links displayed on website.

Entry requirements:

  • Writers must live within the UK or Republic of Ireland or be an ex-pat.

  • Entries must be a self-published novel between 40-110k words, published between May 2019 and June 2020.

  • The book should fall into one of the following fiction categories;speculative, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, paranormal, historical, YA, crime,thriller, contemporary.

  • Submissions open 28th June 2020. Any received before this date will not be considered.

  • The deadline for submissions is 1st August 2020, however, there is a maximum of 50 entrants. Once the slots have filled, submissions will close.

  • Entry fee is £10

Submission requirements:

Submissions should be sent to:   

  • In the subject heading, please use BIWCPrize – Book title – Author Name.

  • Your submission should be in Word document (no PDFs), at least 1.5 line spaced.

  • Please use standard submission fonts (Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.) at size 12.

  • Pages should be numbered.

  • The book title and author name should be on the front cover of your submission.

  • Please send a photo, short bio, and any social media links (Facebook,Twitter, website), along with the blurb for your book and the cover file

Confirmation of entry:

Once your submission has been received and we have confirmed it meets the guidelines laid out above, you will receive an email with details on how to make your entry fee. This will be through PayPal, so please make sure you have an account.

We will also ask you for an author photo, short bio and any relevant links for display on our website.



Each judge will read 5 books and score them accordingly. If there are several books with the same score, another judge will act as the decider. The 5 books with the highest score will then be put forward as finalists and read by all judges.

Our judges are:

  • Rob J Hayes – SPFBO winner and prolific self-published fantasy author

  • Anna Stephens – highly successful author of the Godblind trilogy et al

  • Phil Williams –fiction & non-fiction author, including the Ordshaw series

  • Virginia McClain – finalist in SPFBO5 and organiser of QuaranCon2020

  • Michael Baker – self-published author, blogger and expert cartographer

  • Em Jackson – author and book reviewer

  • Mike Everest Evans – blogger and book reviewer at the Fantasy Hive

  • PS Livingstone – author and editor-in-chief for the BIWC

  • Lee Conley – author, longsword guru and co-founder of the BIWC

  • Damien Larkin – author and co-founder of the BIWC

Finalists will be announced at the end of The Bard Writing Con in October 2020, with the winner to be announced in the new year. Judges decisions are final.

Professional conduct:

At no time during the competition should any entrant contact a judge regarding their submission or attempt to sway their decision. Anyone caught doing this will be disqualified. Rights for all submissions remain with the author and they may withdraw at any stage. A 48-hour notice period is required. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Under no circumstances will we reproduce or republish your work.

The British and Irish Writing Community management wish you the best of luck in the competition and look forward to reading your submissions.

NB: *Monetary prize based on 50 submissions. Should this number not be reached, the winner receives 50% of the prize money. The runner-up to receive 10%.

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