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, Republic of Ireland or United States of America.
Entries must be written by a single author.
The 2020 award will focus on work published between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.
To be eligible, books must have been first published in hardback, paperback or e-book format between these dates in the UK, ROI 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 welcome. Works of translation, books for children and poetry are not eligible for the award.
Authors, publishers and agents can submit entries. If an author or agent enters work for the award it will be assumed that she/he does so with the full commitment of the publisher of the book. 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 books and a completed online entry form. Submissions received after the stated deadline will not be considered.
New Writing North will make final decisions on eligibility. Their decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into on the subject.