The Ampersand Prize

Submission guidelines

We accept submissions from any person who has not previously had a YA or middle-grade novel published by a reputable publishing house anywhere in the world. If you have had a picture book, an adult's novel or a non-fiction title published, you are still eligible.

If you have self-published your novel, you are eligible to enter provided you follow submission guidelines and agree to contract all publishing rights for the novel if selected as the winner. Note that we do not accept ePub or Mobi files as submissions.

Middle-grade fiction is defined as fiction featuring pre-teen characters in situations of interest to 8-12 year olds. MG novels are usually between 30,000 and 50,000 words long.

Young Adult or YA fiction features teen protagonists in situations of interest to teen readers. YA novels are usually between 50,000 and 90,000 words long.

Each writer may submit ONE manuscript. Manuscripts must be full-length novels. At this time we are not accepting short-story collections, non-fiction, or chapter books for junior fiction readers (usually manuscripts for younger readers that are less than 20,000 words long).

Feedback on individual submissions is not provided as a matter of course, but may be provided to shortlisted individuals at the editors' discretion. Preference will be given to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.

Eligibility for the Ampersand Prize is at the editors' discretion.

For any questions, you can email us at before the submission close date (Friday 16th September) and we will respond as soon as we can.