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Isle Of Wight Book Awards 2024 Applications Now Open

Applications for this year’s Isle Of Wight Book Awards are now open.

There are three categories:

  • Awards founder Hunter Davies judging the fiction books.
  • Alan Titchmarsh will this year be judging the non-fiction entries.
  • Children’s judge will be Anne McNeil whose 40 year career has seen her working as editor and agent for an impressive list of some the country’s most popular authors of children’s fiction.

The winner of each category will receive a £200 prize with an additional £500 awarded to the overall winner of the Book Of The Year Award.

Three distinguished local sponsors are generously contributing to the lunch and the prize money: Hovertravel, The Isle of Wight Music Festival, and private benefactors David and Patsy Franks.

Further help and support has come from Medina Bookshop in Cowes and Monkton Arts in Ryde. 

The awards are timed to coincide with the annual Isle of Wight Literary Festival with the prize-giving lunch being held on October 1 at the Island Sailing Club marking the the festival’s opening.

Entry is open until May 31 and is free to anyone who has been published (self-published or professionally released) during 2023.

The only conditions are that the book must have a physical form (no digital only publications) and that there has to be some element of Isle of Wight content.

To enter just fill in the entry form on the Book Awards website, then drop in four copies of your finished publication to one of four drop-off points:

Medina bookshop in Cowes, Monkton Arts in Ryde, Mrs Middleton’s Bookshop in Freshwater or Babushka Books in Shanklin. Entry is free.

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