GOLLANCZ, the UK’s oldest science fiction and fantasy imprint, and Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Sunday Times bestselling RIVERS OF LONDON series, are launching a new writing prize to champion underrepresented BAME voices in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

They are giving British BAME writers the opportunity to submit a short sample of writing within the genres of science fiction, fantasy or horror with the opportunity of being selected as one of seven finalists who will receive monetary and/or mentoring prizes from them in order to support your future writing career.

What they’re looking for

They are looking for entrants to submit 5,000-10,000 words of either a self-contained short story or the opening of a novel which fits into the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres.


1st Prize* – £4,000 prize money, a full critique of their submitted work and a year-long mentoring programme** with Gollancz commissioning editor Rachel Winterbottom.

2nd Prize* – £2,000 prize money and a full critique of their submitted work.

Runners up – five runners up will receive £800 prize money and a goodie bag of Gollancz books.

*This will be awarded to one person only, deemed to have submitted a strong writing sample by the panel of judges.
**This mentoring session will consist of a one-hour phone call, once per quarter for a calendar year, with a focus on the writer’s progress and on the publishing process.

Closing date: 31st January 2020, 23.59 GMT 

Further essential information, including full submission guidelines, can be found on the Gollancz website.