The prize is open to any full-length novel, written in English by an author of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in the United Kingdom between 1 January and 31 December of the year before the prize is awarded. Although the novel’s first UK publication must fall within these dates, it’s still eligible if it was previously published elsewhere or is translated into English for the first time in the judging year.
We encourage publishers to submit books from across the range of science fiction genre publishing. These must be unified and substantial works; books of short stories and novellas are not eligible.
It’s up to the book’s publisher to enter a novel for the prize, and to do so by the deadline date set for that year. In addition, the judges are free to call in novels which they consider eligible for consideration.
For further details please contact Award Director, Tom Hunter.