2020 Terms & Conditions


New Welsh Writing Awards 2020


First prize: £1,000 as an advance on a general publishing deal with New Welsh Review’s book publishing imprint New Welsh Rarebyte (see terms below) plus a positive written critique of your work by literary agent of Curtis Brown, Cathryn Summerhayes.

Second prize: A week-long residential course of your choice at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Gwynedd.

Third prize: A residential two-night stay at a date to be agreed at Gladstone’s Library, Flintshire.

All prize winners: All three shortlisted writers also receive a year’s subscription to New Welsh Review.

Runners-up: Consideration for publication in New Welsh Review’s creative writing magazine, New Welsh Reader, with an associated fee on a sliding scale of £80 to £170 depending on length of extract and genre.

Terms relating to first prize winner:

·       £1,000 cash prize constitutes an advance on royalties; New Welsh Review will retain all rights, in all territories, to publish, reproduce or broadcast the winning work in full, abridged or in parts, in all forms currently available hereafter.

·       Works will be edited at the discretion of the New Welsh Review editor.

Terms relating to second and third prize winners:

·       Second prize winner: Residential course of the winner’s choice (pending availability) at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in 2020. Accommodation and catering provided; travel excluded. Winner will be put in touch with Literature Wales staff members to discuss available courses and to claim prize.

·       Third prize winner: a two-night stay (Sunday and Monday, including breakfast but excluding travel expenses and other meals and drinks) to be claimed in agreement with Gladstone’s Library before Sunday, 20th December 2020).

·       New Welsh Review reserves the right to withhold a prize(s) in the event that entries are deemed to be of an insufficiently high standard.


·       Entries open on Wednesday 27 November 2019 and close at 12 midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 17 March 2020 (‘midnight’ meaning the very last second of 17 March 2020).

·       Entries will be judged by New Welsh Review Editor, Gwen Davies. Shortlist and highly commended entries will be announced online on Wednesday 13 May 2020. This is a week later than initially advertised, due to the unexpected work which we experienced in the wake of closing the office due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

·       By entering this award, the entrant consents to their name and the title of and blurb about their work being published online in the event of the latter being highly commended, shortlisted or being a winner.

·       The winner of the prize will be announced online on Friday 22 May 2020. We will publicise a time in due course here. We have moved the announcement online in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

·       By entering this award, the shortlisted nominees consent to a short dramatised reading of their winning work being presented by actors (commissioned by New Welsh Review) for the Awards final ceremony.

·       New Welsh Review reserves the right to change the judge should circumstances dictate.

·       All nominees and winners will be requested to provide a biography, photograph and blurb for their entry, and will be invited to undertake press, promotion and publicity activities, as well as a mutually acceptable limited programme of activities to promote the award around the judging phases (shortlist, winner).

·       Entrants agree to obtain New Welsh Review’s prior consent before taking on any of its own press or publicity activity relating to the award; in the event of their being nominated or winning it, they must not publish or otherwise publicise (including via social media) that fact until the official announcement is made by New Welsh Review; failing this, the organisers may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and revise shortlist or winning entry.

·       The decisions of the judge, regarding eligibility, literary quality (in respect of originality of concept, prose, structure and narrative voice etc) and interpretation of the prize’s themes, are final; the award aims to promote excellence in the chosen literary category. No individual correspondence will be entered into.

·       The prize is judged anonymously.


·       Entry costs £12 per category and per entry, payable online via the New Welsh Writing Awards website or by cheque by post.

·       There are a limited number of free entries for writers with a low income. If the writer is in receipt of benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance (or PIP), Carer’s Allowance, or Employment and Support Allowance, or if they earn less than the London Living Wage of £10.75 per hour, then their £12 entry fee will be waived. We ask that writers only apply for free entry if they would not otherwise be able to afford to enter.

·       Entries will only be accepted via our online entry procedure at www.newwelshwritingawards.com. It is the submitter’s responsibility that all required information is included. Entries submitted online will receive an automated acknowledgement.

·       Entries may be submitted by the author or by his/her agent on their behalf.

·       There is no limit to the number of entries submitted by one author, although only one work may be nominated or win.

·       Word limit: between 5,000 and 30,000 words main text, written in English.

·       Entries must be typed on A4 numbered pages, double-spaced, 14pt, black type as a PDF document.

·       Entries must be accompanied by a description of the work (maximum 200 words) submitted via the online entry form.

·       Entries must be accompanied by an author biography (maximum 200 words) submitted via the online entry form.

·       Include author name, title of work, and word count entry on the first page.

·       Exclude author’s name on all pages other than the separate front page detailed above.

·       Please save your electronic files in pdf format by author name and title, e.g. ‘Dorothy_Edwards_MY_NOVEL’

·       No alterations may be made once the work is submitted.

·       Shortlisted and winning authors will be notified according to the Awards’ timetable.

·       Submission is taken as acceptance of all Terms and Conditions, including Entry instructions. Failure to comply with these will disqualify entries.


·       Works should be between 5,000 and 30,000 words.

·       Works should be original, solely the work of the entrant, and must never have been published or self-published either in print, online, in digital formats, or broadcast.

·       Works should not be sent for consideration for publication or broadcast elsewhere from the award’s opening date to the closing ceremony and works must not have already been submitted for this prize for consideration in previous years.

·       Works must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party, nor be defamatory of any living person or corporate body, nor fraudulent.

·       Works should be in English and not translations.

·       Works must be aimed at adult readers.

·       Entry to the Prize is open to residents of the UK and Ireland. It is also open to anyone outside of the UK and Ireland who has been educated in Wales for a minimum of six months.

·       Entrants must be aged 18 or over on the closing date (17 March 2020).

·       Entrants whose work has not yet been published will be judged alongside emerging and established writers.

·       Current employees (including freelancers and current work placements) and board members of New Welsh Review, including their direct relatives, may not enter.

·       No responsibility will be taken on New Welsh Review’s part for entries that are lost, delayed or damaged; nor to disappointment to entrants in consequence.

·       New Welsh Review reserves the right to oblige any potential winner to provide documentary proof of their identity, address and educational credentials before such person may claim their prize or nominee status.

·       New Welsh Review will keep entrants’ contact details for the duration of the prize year only so that winners may be notified and communicated with and in order to verify compliancy with award rules.

·       We will not pass on entrants’ details to other organisations, excepting partners in the awards for which permission is sought at point of entry. We will only pass on contact details of entrants to journalists who are interested in the outcome of the prize with the authors’ consent.

·       New Welsh Review reserves the right to cancel the Awards at any stage if circumstances arise outside of its control. If the Awards are cancelled or not awarded, then all entrants will receive a full refund.


·       By submitting a work to the Awards the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees in respect of the winning work that: New Welsh Review exclusively retains, in all territories, all rights to publish, reproduce, read out, or broadcast the winning work in full, in abridged, or adapted form or in parts, in all forms currently available or hereafter. In addition, all six top entrants concede first serial rights to New Welsh Review in respect of their work, as nominated entries will be considered for publication in extract form in our creative magazine, New Welsh Reader.

·       These rules and the entry submitted in accordance with them shall constitute a contract governed by the exclusive laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

·       Once the shortlist and highly commended entries have been announced, in the case of those works which are not nominated, all rights remain with the author.