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Dundee book prize open for submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2014, the UK’s most lucrative prize for unpublished authors – which purports to offer “a place amongst the literary elite” for the winner.

The competition is open to submissions from authors around the world until 1pm on 4 March 2014, and the winning author will receive a £10,000 cash prize and a coveted publishing contract with Cargo Publishing. Last year, the competition attracted more than 350 entries, and was won by Irish writer Nicola White for crime thriller In the Rosary Garden.

The competition, launched in 2000, is a collaboration between the University of Dundee-led Literary Dundee initiative and the ‘Dundee – One City, Many Discoveries’ campaign. The winner is announced at the Dundee Literary Festival in October.

Bill Campbell, depute convenor of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “The Dundee Book Prize has become such a well-established event on the literary calendar that it goes from strength to strength each year attracting an amazing range of aspiring novelists from across the globe.

“As a result of the success of the book prize Dundee has become synonymous with new writing and I am delighted that the starting pistol has been fired on the latest race towards another exciting crop of new novels.”

Anna Day, Director of Literary Dundee, added: “We can’t wait to read the entries for the book prize this year, it’s a really exciting process. The standard is higher each year, but the variety is the brilliant bit – reading work from authors from all over the world is a privilege and I can’t wait to see what people send to us.”

You can find out more about the Dundee International Book Prize on its official website here.

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