Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize

Deadline: December 30th 2021

Find Out More: https://www.greenstories.org.uk/upcoming-competitions/adult-novel-deadline-dec-2021/

Opportunity from: Liam Offord

Contact: liam@newwritingsouth.com


The Orna Ross Green Stories Prize is seeking novel submissions that showcase storytelling ability and incorporate green solutions.

The aim of the prize is to “create a cultural body of work that entertains and informs about green solutions, inspires green behaviour and raises awareness of the necessary transformations towards a sustainable economy. Currently most green communications preach to the converted i.e. only those who already care choose to watch climate change documentaries or read books with a green theme. Thus a particular aim is to use fiction as a way to reach a wider audience, and support winning authors to translate their stories into published books.” (Green Stories website)

Submission Guidelines
Open to all adults (18+) of any nationality, as long as the submission is in English and has not been published elsewhere.

The competition is open to novels that are either:

– Partially complete (at least 50%) in the first draft phase
– Fully complete and unpublished (between 70,000 and 100,000 words).

Submit three chapters (minimum of 4000 words, maximum 10,000 words) as one document that must include the following:

the first chapter
another chapter that best showcases how your novel meets the green stories criteria
a third chapter (suggest the final chapter if possible)
a synopsis between 500 and 1000 words (name and contact details optional – we can identify via submission page) that covers genre, plot, characters, and details of how it meets the green stories criteria of showcasing positive visions of a more sustainable society or incorporating green solutions into the context of an otherwise mainstream story.
Helping you achieve success: A workshop on writing green stories will be held in November 2021, either virtually or physically at the University of Southampton (TBC).

Prizes and Entry
£1000 for the winner and £500 for runner up (plus manuscript appraisals and mentoring for the top entries).

Entry Fee: Free – but entrants must show they have read at least one chapter from successfully published pieces from the Green Stories project that provide an example of entertaining mainstream fiction that meets the criteria of showing green solutions (not just problems) that readers can engage with. This year the book is Habitat Man, an eco-themed rom-com written specifically for the green stories project.

Deadline: 30th December 2021.

Read more about the Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize.