Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize

Well, in my last post I mentioned that I don't usually post press releases around here - and that is still true, in spite of this being yet another press release post. The reason - I think many of my readers will be interested. And a secondary reason is that that based on the previous post and my not seeing it repeated on blogs that I frequent, I don't think many bloggers in my circle get these press releases. On to the info...
Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers are proud to launch a new award for aspiring debut novelists, The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Transworld will offer the winning author a publishing contract with a £20,000 advance.

The award will be judged by the esteemed Sir Terry Pratchett, the wise Tony Robinson, the savvy Mike Rowley from Waterstone's and two members of the editorial team at Transworld Publishers.

Sir Terry Pratchett had this to say:

"Anywhere but here, anywhen but now. Which means we are after stories set on Earth, although it may be an Earth that might have been, or might yet be, one that has gone down a different leg of the famous trousers of time (see the illustration in almost every book about quantum theory).

We will be looking for books set at any time, perhaps today, perhaps in the Rome of today but in a world where 2000 years ago the crowd shouted for Jesus Christ to be spared, or where in 1962, John F Kennedy's game of chicken with the Russians went horribly wrong. It might be one day in the life of an ordinary person. It could be a love story, an old story, a war story, a story set in a world where Leonardo da Vinci turned out to be a lot better at Aeronautics. But it won't be a story about being in an alternate Earth because the people in an alternate Earth don't know that they are; after all, you don't.

But this might just be the start. The wonderful Peter Dickinson once wrote a book that could convince you that flying dragons might have existed on Earth. Perhaps in the seething mass of alternate worlds humanity didn't survive, or never evolved -- but other things did, and they would have seen the world in a different way. The possibilities are literally endless, but remember, it's all on Earth. Maybe the continents will be different and the climate unfamiliar, but the physics will be the same as ours. What goes up must come down, ants are ant-sized because if they were any bigger their legs wouldn't carry them. In short, the story must be theoretically possible on some version of the past, present or future of a planet Earth."

The deadline for submissions will be 31 December 2010 and a shortlist of six entries will be announced on the 31 March 2011. The winner will be announced by the end May 2011.

Entrants must be over 18, have no previous published full-length works of fiction and live in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Submissions should be emailed to:

For full terms and conditions visit

Dust off your quills and begin!


Tia Nevitt said...

Gosh, I'm confused. I thought that "anywhere but here" would mean "secondary world", but apparently the opposite is true. And I can't for the life of me figure out this statement:

"But it won't be a story about being in an alternate Earth because the people in an alternate Earth don't know that they are; after all, you don't."

Because all the preceding text seemed to describe the very essance of an alternate Earth.

Neth said...

Yeah - that seems to be the first cut of the contest - figuring out what qualifies.

And unfortunately, it's UK- Ireland-Commonwealth only.

Tyrie said...

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm excited about this. I've been actually fretting about Terry's health for a few months now - like he's family. I'm glad to see he's staying active and doing good things in the world.

Gabriele C. said...

Damn those Brits, why can't they open their competitions to EU citizens? They're a member of that club, after all. ;)


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