Publishing Prize

Publishing Prize

20/40—a new independent publishing prize for fiction and non-fiction

20/40—a new independent publishing prize for fiction and non-fiction

Independent, non-profit publisher Finlay Lloyd has established a new competition to encourage and support writing of the highest quality.

Independent, non-profit publisher Finlay Lloyd has established a new competition to encourage and support writing of the highest quality.

In an environment where writers find it increasingly difficult to find an audience, Finlay Lloyd is branching out to offer a publishing opportunity for fiction and non-fiction prose works between 20,000 and 40,000 words through the 20/40 Publishing Prize.

In an environment where writers find it increasingly difficult to find an audience, Finlay Lloyd is branching out to offer a publishing opportunity for fiction and non-fiction prose works between 20,000 and 40,000 words through the 20/40 Publishing Prize.

Introducing the prize, Finlay Lloyd’s publisher and commissioning editor, Julian Davies, said: 

Introducing the prize, Finlay Lloyd’s publisher and commissioning editor, Julian Davies said: 

‘We’re incredibly excited to be able to encourage writers to submit pieces of this length, a scope which has proven itself through time to be particularly engaging and rewarding for writers and their readers.

 

‘It’s long enough to allow the rich development of a concept but tight enough to encourage focus and succinctness.

 

‘Each year we plan to select two winning authors, closely supporting them through the editorial process with care and enthusiasm, and publishing their entries in line with Finlay Lloyd’s innovative design standards.’

‘We’re incredibly excited to be able to encourage writers to submit pieces of this length, a scope which has proven itself through history to be particularly engaging and rewarding for writers and their readers.

 

‘It’s long enough to allow the rich development of a concept but tight enough to encourage focus and succinctness.

 

‘Each year we’ll be selecting two winning authors, closely supporting them through the editorial process with care and enthusiasm, and publishing their entries in line with Finlay Lloyd’s innovative design standards.’

Finlay Lloyd is dedicated to identifying and encouraging good writing free from external pressures such as reputation and the undue influence of market forces. In keeping with this philosophy, 20/40 entries will be evaluated by a judging panel that will read all submissions ‘blind’, with a focus on creative inventiveness and quality.

Finlay Lloyd is dedicated to identifying and encouraging good writing free from external pressures such as reputation and the undue influence of market forces. In keeping with this philosophy, 20/40 entries will be evaluated by a judging panel that will read all submissions ‘blind’, with a focus on creative inventiveness and quality.

‘Writing can be an isolating pastime, so we’re looking forward to giving a new and ongoing opportunity to writers, and to seeing their manuscripts come in—some perhaps after development over many years, some after a recent flurry of activity.

 

‘If 20/40 can offer an incentive for writers to get down to work and hone their expressive skills, we’ll be delighted. We believe the reading public is hungry for writing of quality that is published with care and flare as well-designed and engaging paper artefacts,’ said Davies.

‘Writing can be an isolating pastime, so we’re looking forward to giving a new and ongoing opportunity to writers, and to seeing their manuscripts come in—some perhaps after development for many years, some after a flurry of activity.

 

‘If 20/40 can offer an incentive for writers to get down to work and hone their expressive skills, we’ll be delighted. We believe the perceptive reading public is hungry for writing of quality that is published with care and flare as well-designed and engaging paper artefacts,’ said Davies.

Entries open 1 January — 10 February 2023
Shortlist announcement — October 2023
Anouncement & publication of the winning books — November 2023

Entries open 1 January -
10 February 2023

Shortlist announcement —
October 2023
Anouncement & publication of the winning books —
November 2023

The 20/40 Publishing Prize is overseen by an

expert advisory board:

 

Dr Christine Balint

John Clanchy

Donna Ward

Dr Meredith McKinney

Emeritus Professor Kevin Brophy AM

 

With assistance from

Strategic Adviser: Dr Bidda Jones AM

Technical Adviser: James Smith

The 20/40 Publishing Prize is overseen by an expert advisory board:

 

Dr Christine Balint

John Clanchy

Donna Ward

Dr Meredith McKinney

Emeritus Professor Kevin Brophy AM

 

With assistance from

Strategic Adviser: Dr Bidda Jones AM

Technical Adviser: James Smith

About Finlay Lloyd

About Finlay Lloyd

Finlay Lloyd is an independent, non-profit publisher, founded in 2005, dedicated to encouraging imaginative and challenging writing, to subtly innovative design and to celebrating the pleasures of print on paper in an electronic age. To find out more, visit our website.

Finlay Lloyd is an independent, non-profit publisher, founded in 2005, dedicated to encouraging imaginative and challenging writing, to subtly innovative design and to celebrating the pleasures of print on paper in an electronic age. To find out more, visit our website.

E: finlaylloyd@sharewater.net

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