2012 Paris Literary Prize

2013 Prize Winner C.E. Smith

2013 Prize Runner-up Svetlana Lavochkina

2013 Prize Runner-up Tessa Brown

2013 Jury Member Erica Wagner

2013 Jury Member Rebecca Carter

Paris Literary Prize eligibility & conditions

The Paris Literary Prize will be awarded for a novella, written by a previously unpublished writer. Please carefully read all eligibility terms and conditions before entering.

Eligibility Terms and Conditions to Enter The Paris Literary Prize:

A - GENERAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Entrants must be individuals and not a company or organization.
  2. Entrants must submit their work using their real name.
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission.
  4. The competition is not open to employees of Shakespeare and Company, FestivalandCo, The de Groot Foundation or members of the judging panel. Family members of any of the aforementioned are also not eligible.
  5. The Paris Literary Prize is open to unpublished writers only: it is dedicated to helping new voices emerge.  Please see the following rules of eligibility:

  6. You are eligible to submit if:

    You are not eligible to submit if:


    • you have never published anything. 

    • you have published fiction or non-fiction pieces in literary journals or anthologies.

    • you have previously published (in print or e-book format) up to 10% (maximum) of the work you intend to submit for this competition.

    • you have had commercially published (in print or e-book format) a book of creative non-fiction (memoir, essays, biography, poetry, politics, journalism, history, religion, music, art, photo, film...) with a print-run (or with e-book sales) of 2500 copies or less ; this applies equally to chapbooks.

    • you have edited a maximum of two commercially published books (for instance, an anthology of poetry).

    • you have self-published (in print or e-book format) a book of either fiction or creative non-fiction.

    • you have published non-fiction works such as:
      1. Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation
      2. Technical books
      3. Academic books
      4. Handbooks
      5. Manuals
      6. Reference books
      7. Dictionaries


    • you have had a book of fiction (novel, novella, short stories) commercially published.

    • you have previously published (in print or e-book format) more than 10% of the work you intend to submit for this competition.

    • you have had commercially published (in print or e-book format) a book of creative non-fiction (memoir, essays, biography, poetry, politics, journalism, history, religion, music, art, photo, film...) with a print-run (or with e-book sales) of more than 2500 copies; this applies equally to chapbooks.

    • you have edited three or more commercially published books (for instance, an anthology of poetry).

     


  7. The above rules apply to works published under the entrant’s name and his/her pen name.
  8. The above rules apply to co-authored works (works in which the entrant’s name appears on the jacket).
  9. The above rules apply to works under contract for publication as well as works already published; this applies to contracts that begin at any point in the judging process (for instance, should an entrant sign a publishing contract after having been shortlisted, he/she will subsequently be disqualified).
  10. Entrants must pay the entry fee in order to be eligible.
  11. Only submissions received and paid for by midnight September 1st (Paris time: GMT + 2) or by the extended deadline of midnight September 15th (Paris time: GMT + 2) will be considered.
  12. Entries that are not paid for, incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  13. Long-listed and short-listed entrants will be notified by email when they have made the list.
  14. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  15. No editorial feedback will be provided.
  16. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
  17. The winners must be available on June 15, 2013 for the award ceremony, and on June 16, 2013 for their reading event at Shakespeare and Company.
  18. The names of the long-listed and short-listed entrants will be posted on this website after the Paris Literary Prize Award Ceremony June 15, 2013. Since this is a blinded competition, names cannot be publicized prior to June 15, 2013.
  19. Prizes are not transferable. 
  20. Entrants will retain copyright of their work. However, in submitting your work, you give permission to Shakespeare and Company and The de Groot Foundation to publicize and promote your work if appropriate (and use your names, title of work and photographs of you in such publicity).

B - NOVELLA SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. The entry must be the entrant's own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.
  2. A submitted novella must be a sustained narrative with a minimum word count of 17,000 and a maximum of 35,000.
  3. The novella is a work of fiction and can be set anywhere in the world and be on any topic.
  4. Linked short stories, or works aimed at children or young adults will not be considered.
  5. The work must be submitted in English.
  6. Translated submissions:
    • If a translated work is submitted you must note that on your novella entry and state which language it was translated from.
    • You may not submit a translated work that has been published in another language.
    • If a translated entry is chosen for a prize, the prize will go to the author and not the translator.
  7. Only submissions which meet all Eligibility Terms and Conditions will be considered.
  8. By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Eligibility Terms and Conditions.

 

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