Aurora Prize for Writing 2019

The Aurora Writing Prize is a national competition run by Writing East Midlands. The prize was first awarded in 2016, and this year we are thrilled to be working in partnership with The Society of Authors.

In 2019, the prize will be awarded to outstanding new writing in two categories, short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines), with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in both categories.

The Judges

The prize will be judged for fiction by

Booker Prize Nominee, Alison Moore.

And for poetry by

Seamus Heaney Centre Prize Nominee, Malika Booker.


The Prizes

The winners, in each category, will receive a cash prize of £500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or Editor as appropriate) and a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing. Winners will also be offered a session with Society of Authors staff including an introduction to how the Society can support them in their careers as professional authors and covering essential advice on copyright, payment terms and contracts.

Second Prize winners in both categories will receive £150.

Third Prize winners in both categories will receive a one-day course of their choice from Writing School East Midlands.

As a champion of writers from the East Midlands, we will also be offering a regional prize of £100 to the best work in each category from the region. The regional winners will also be offered a year of free membership to The Society of Authors, along with a career development session.

The 2019 prize closed for submissions on Wednesday, June 26th.

Winners will be invited to a celebration event and prize giving ceremony as part of Lincoln Book Festival in September.

We are currently in the process of reading and shortlisting writers, and we will be in touch in the upcoming weeks with more news.

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for more than 10,500 writers, scriptwriters, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We’ve been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884. For more information and to sign up, visit




Lincoln Book Festival runs from the 23rd to the 28th of September and is devoted to great history writing and historical fiction. For more information, visit