Enter the East Anglian Book Awards 2017

Deadline: Friday 21 July
Apply by noon
Free entry

It’s time to open the tenth chapter in our annual celebration of the region’s writing talent with the return of the East Anglian Book Awards, organised by the EDP, Jarrold and Writers’ Centre Norwich, in association with the UEA.

For 2017 we will once again be offering a top prize of £1,000 to the overall East Anglian Book of the Year, courtesy of PACCAR Foundation.

The overall winner of the tenth awards will follow in the footsteps of Jill Dawson, whose Suffolk-set novel The Crime Writer was named East Anglian Book of the Year 2016. The novel Scapegallows, by Carol Birch, about a Suffolk smuggler, was our very first winner and every year sees a steady increase in entries and interest. Previous winners include Norwich’s Sarah Perry, whose latest novel The Essex Serpent has been a massive success across the country.

As well as the six subject categories (from which the overall winner is chosen), this year will also see the return of our award for lifetime achievement in local publishing, and also the ‘Book by the Cover’ design award, sponsored by the East Anglian Writers.

How to enter

We welcome entries in the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • History and Tradition
  • Biography and Memoir
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Children’s Books

To qualify works have to be set largely in East Anglia or be written by an author living in the region, which for the awards’ purposes is defined as the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, and the area of Fenland District Council.

Books must have been physically published for the first time between July 23, 2016 and July 20, 2017 and been commercially available.

To enter, simply submit TWO physical copies of your nominated book, plus a covering letter which includes details of which category you would like it to be entered for. You should include an email address if you would like your entry to be acknowledged.

Send your entries to Trevor Heaton, East Anglian Book Awards, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE. Any entry queries should also be addressed to him at trevor.heaton@archant.co.uk with ‘EABA’ in the subject line.

The closing date for entries is noon on Friday 21 July 2017. To help the judging process, please don’t leave your entry to the last minute. We cannot return entries.

All titles will be considered before the judges draw up their shortlist for each category.

Organisers reserve the right to withdraw or amend any category depending on number of entries received.

Due to the volume of entries, we regret that we are not able to give feedback to entrants.

This shortlist will be published in the Eastern Daily Press, Evening News, and on-line, by early October. Shortlisted authors will be informed.