The Ampersand Prize

Submission guidelines

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

If you are a self-published author, you are eligible to submit a manuscript provided you follow submission guidelines, and note in your cover letter whether the submitted manuscript has been self-published already. If it has, please remove it from sale for the duration of the Ampersand Prize (from 10th July until the shortlist is announced in October 2017). By entering your manuscript, you agree to contract all publishing rights, including print and digital, if selected as the winner. Note that we do not accept ePub or Mobi files as submissions.

Each writer may submit ONE completed 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 readers aged 5-9 that are less than 20,000 words long).

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.

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.

If you have any questions about the Ampersand Prize, you can email us at ampersand@hardiegrant.com.au before the submission close date (Friday 28th July) and we will respond as soon as we can.