Opening date: 24 October 2012
Closing date: Online entry forms must be submitted by Tuesday 18 December 2012 (12 noon GMT). Books must be received by the Prize Administrator no later than Wednesday 2 January 2013 (5pm GMT)
No books will be considered for the prize if received after Wednesday 2 January 2013.
1. About the prize
a. The Commonwealth Book Prize is an annual award for fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.
b. The Commonwealth Book Prize is part of Commonwealth Writers, a pan-Commonwealth initiative which unearths and develops new writers.
c. The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. (See Section 4 for countries in each region).
d. There will be five winners, one from each region. One of the regional winners will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize will receive £10,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning book is a translation into English, the overall winner will receive £7,500 and translator will receive £2,500; and the regional winners will receive £1,875 and the translator will receive £625.
e. The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel; experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the longlists.
a. Any first full length novel for an adult readership is eligible for the Commonwealth Book Prize subject to the further eligibility clarifications. Drama, books written for children, anthologies of short stories, collections of poetry and graphic novels are not eligible. There are no restrictions on setting, theme or genre.
b. The work must be of a reasonable length (60,000 words minimum).
c. The work must be original.
d. The book must have been first published between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012. Books published in earlier years, including books which have previously been published in countries other than the country of the current publisher, are not eligible.
e. Publishers wishing to submit Ebooks should first contact the Prize administrator to confirm eligibility.
f. Authors must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship before winners are selected. Authors from non-Commonwealth countries (including the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe) are not eligible.
g. For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the author has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the author is permanently resident.
h. Authors must be aged 18 years or over.
i. There is no requirement for the publisher to be based in, or the author to have current residence in, a Commonwealth country, providing the author is a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
j. Book published posthumously are not eligible.
k. All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Commonwealth Foundation which will exercise its judgement, in consultation with the prize chair as necessary, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. Entry rules
a. Published books must be entered by the publisher on behalf of the author. Publishers must obtain the author’s consent before submitting her/his book.
b. Authors may enter self-published books.
c. A self-published book is a printed and bound book for which the author has paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize.
d. Only one entry per author may be submitted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.
e. The entry must be in English. Works translated into English from other languages are also eligible provided the translator is also a citizen of a Commonwealth country and both the original and the translation are published in 2012.
f. After completing the online entry process two copies of each book must be sent to the Commonwealth Foundation. You may then be asked to send a further six copies after the first stage of judging. It is highly recommended that you use a reliable courier service (such as DHL or FedEx) to send entries.
g. Publishers with a single imprint may submit up to six entries.
h. Publishers with multiple imprints may submit up to six entries per imprint.
i. Publishers agree as a condition of entry that the prize organisers may publicise the fact that a book has been entered or shortlisted for the prize.
j. Publishers of the winning books are expected to strongly encourage authors to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.
k. The overall winner and regional winners will be expected to undertake a mutually acceptable programme of regional outreach activities to develop and promote Commonwealth Writers.
l. No entries will be returned, including those entries which are ineligible for any reason.