We are committed to an initial concealed reading. Our independent readers receive only the synopsis and first three chapters and will evaluate the material based on the strength of the idea, writing style, characterisation and - that magic ingredient - ‘unputdownability’. They will also check to confirm that the material submitted conforms to the submission criteria laid out here. Based on this impartial first assessment, a longlist is created. 

The New Voices Award is seeking new and unique voices, so, at this point, our readers take into account the other contributing factors you have shared with us in your entry form (excluding your contact details) in order to create a shortlist. This is then shared with a wider judging panel to consider independently.

The panel then meets to discuss their opinions and, together, select five winners to receive the New Voices Award.