Terms and Conditions

  1. The Prize:
    1. The Prize is worth £10,000. It will be awarded to a single author who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best full-length novel that is eligible for the Prize. The Prize may not be divided or withheld. The decision of the judges will be final.
    2. The judges will be responsible for compiling a longlist of no more than twelve, but not less than eight of the books submitted for the Prize.
    3. The judges will be responsible for compiling a shortlist of no more than six, but not less than three, of the books submitted for the Prize. For inclusion in both the longlist and  shortlist, a title should have the full support of a majority of judges, in whose opinion it is a valid contender for the Prize itself.
  2. Climate relevance
    1. Works from all fiction genres are eligible, and are encouraged, however to be eligible for the Prize, an entry must have central themes that engage with some aspect of the climate crisis. Specifically this means that an entry must do one or more of the following:
      1. Include engagement with the implications of, and/or responses to, the climate crisis
      2. Feature the climate crisis, or responses to it, as an inciting element of the story with a significant role in the novel
      3. Include plot elements or characters, or both, impacted by and/or responding to the climate crisis
  3. Eligibility:
    1. Any full length novel intended for adult readers, originally written in English, meeting the climate criteria, and published by an established imprint in the UK, by an author of any nationality, is eligible. 
    2. For the avoidance of doubt, an established UK imprint must:
      1. Publish at least two works of long format fiction, by different authors, each year.
      2. List titles in pounds sterling in the UK, with an ISBN, and distribute them through established retail outlets.
    3. All works must be substantial works written by a single author, over the age of 18. Collections of short stories and novellas are not eligible, and for the purposes of the prize, a full length novel is considered to be any novel of more than 30,000 words. 
    4. Entries may be submitted digitally, though print editions must be available on request. In the event of the book being longlisted, the publisher must undertake to produce hard copies for national distribution if they are not already available.
    5. All entries must be first published, or scheduled for publication, as a print edition in the UK between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024.
    6.  Self-published works are not eligible, where the author is the publisher. If the publisher is a company which has been specifically set up to publish the work in question, and/or the author is the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company, the work is ineligible. Any work published on condition of submission will not be eligible.
    7. Authors must give consent to be submitted – this is the responsibility of the publisher to obtain.
    8. In submitting an entry, the publisher is deemed to have established that the author has written the work alone, and no artificial intelligence generator tools have been used in any element of its creation.
    9. The award is not open to employees of Climate Spring, its funders or anyone associated with The Climate Fiction Prize or its sponsors.
    10. Decisions on eligibility for the Prize are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  4. Conditions of Award:
    Any eligible work that is entered for the prize shall not qualify unless the publisher agrees:
    1. that if an entered work should be longlisted, the publisher will contribute £500 (plus VAT) for promotional activity. This payment is to be made promptly within seven days by BACS on receipt of an invoice. 
    2. that if an entered work should be shortlisted, the publisher will contribute an additional £500 (plus VAT) for promotional activity. This payment is to be made promptly within seven days by BACS on receipt of an invoice.
    3. Stipulation 3a & 3b are subject to appeal by a publisher for whom such expenditure would prove prohibitive and may be adjusted or waived at the discretion of the Climate Fiction Prize.
    4. that if an entered work should be longlisted, the publisher will provide a further 10 copies for administrative purposes and agree to sell further copies to the Climate Fiction Prize at 70% discount for promotional use or outreach activities.
    5. that if an entered work should be shortlisted, the publisher will provide a further 15 copies for publicity purposes and agree to sell further copies to the Climate Fiction Prize at 70% discount for promotional use or outreach activities.
    6. that if an entered work should win, the publisher will provide a further 25 copies for publicity purposes and agree to sell further copies to the Climate Fiction Prize at 70% discount for promotional use or outreach initiatives.
    7. that if an entered work should be longlisted, shortlisted or win, the publisher will ensure that copies of their titles are available in bookshops and libraries at the time of the relevant announcements.
    8. to invite shortlisted authors to the public event and the award ceremony. Publishers will be responsible for covering travel costs and relevant expenses of bringing authors from overseas, and do their best to ensure their attendance.
    9. that if an entered work should be longlisted, shortlisted or win, the publisher will obtain permission from the copyright holder and agree to broadcast, record and/or make available a downloadable audio and / or text file extract, to be used for publicity or promotional purposes on the website, mobile site, podcast and any other partner websites or platforms, and to inform the Climate Fiction Prize of the copyright credit to be used. To obtain permission from the copyright holder and / or publisher to supply the epub, cover and metadata for sale on the website, mobile site, podcast and any other partner websites or platforms.
    10. that if an entered work should be longlisted, shortlisted or win, the publisher will use best endeavours to facilitate recorded interviews/readings with the author to be used by the Climate Fiction Prize on either web, mobile or audio platforms to promote the Prize.
  5. Entry quotas & call ins:
    1. Any established UK imprint, as defined at 3(b) can submit a maximum of three eligible works for the prize, published or due for publication between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024.
    2. Judges for the Climate Fiction Prize may also call in up to two eligible titles that have not been submitted for the prize. The Climate Fiction Prize will contact the relevant publisher of any work the judges wish to call in.
  6. Submission:

Submissions will be accepted from 9am Monday 3 June 2024 to 5pm 1 July 2024. An online submission form must be completed for each imprint submitting to the prize. The submission form can be found here: https://forms.gle/hXcfyjmQFSaLmrtu5

Once submitted, eight copies of each submitted title must be sent to: 
The Climate Fiction Prize
C/o Parallel.Net
Unit 8, Hurlingham Business Park
Sullivan Road
Fulham
London SW6 3DU

A digital version of each submission, in .pdf format must also be sent to: submissions@climatefictionprize.com. Emails should be marked: CFP Submission 2024 / [IMPRINT] / [TITLE/S]

If print editions of any submitted title are not yet available, please check the relevant box in the submission form, along with the expected date of availability.