Words for the Wounded launches a new literary contest for self-published authors
Words for the Wounded is launching a new literary award today to raise money to help wounded servicemen and women.
The Independent Author Book Award is open to all self-published authors whose work has been published within the last four years.
It is open to authors of adult or children’s fiction, and to authors of memoirs whose book runs to a minimum of 45,000 words.
Entries are now open and submissions can be entered via email or by post. Full details can be found on the Words for the Wounded website, here. The deadline for entries is March 11, 2015.
Entry costs £12.50 per title with proceeds going to various good causes including Forces Support, Combat Stress, and the Creative Arts at Tedworth House.
The winner will receive complimentary book PR support through Palamedes PR and the top three prize winners will also have their work reviewed in Frost Magazine.
A short story prize – for fiction, memoir or poetry of up to 400 words – is also launched today. Winners will receive cash prizes of up to £250 and their work published in Writers Forum Magazine.
The entry fee is £4.50 and the closing date is also March 11, 2015.
Margaret Graham, of Words for the Wounded, said the competitions are designed to create opportunities for aspiring writers whilst raising vital funds for the recovery of the wounded.
She said: “Please, please spread the word in this commemorative year, one that has drawn attention to the horror of war and its aftermath. Though we have withdrawn from Afghanistan those injured still have battles to fight, and will be doing so for a long time. It is essential therefore, that fundraising continues for as long as it is needed. This year we are raising funds for Combat Stress, Forces Support and the creative arts at Tedworth House Recovery Centre.”