The Virginia Prize for Fiction
Aurora Metro launched its biennial prize to find new women fiction writers writing in English from around the world in 2009.
The 5th Virginia Prize for Fiction (2017) opening soon for submissions
The prize is open to any woman (over 18) around the world, writing in English.
The winner will receive £1,000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books.
The novel can be of any genre but cannot have been published or self-published before.
1 August 2017 (early bird entry fee of £10)
1 October 2017 (full price entry fee £15)
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The 4th Virginia Prize for Fiction was awarded to Dipika Mukherjee for her novel Shambala Junction, which was published by Aurora Metro in Autumn 2016.
Even though there were around 100 entries from all over the world the judges were unanimous in selecting this novel as they felt it dealt with a serious subject in an imaginative way.
Synopsis of Shambala Junction by Dipika Mukherjee: Iris is visiting India from the U.S. for the first time with her fiancé, and not enjoying the experience. When she steps down off the train for a bottle of water at Shambala Junction, little does she know that her life is about to undergo a radical change. Stranded at Shambala, she becomes caught up in the drama of stall-holder Aman’s battle to recover his lost child. Along the way, she finds real friendship, learns what counts and grows to love India, in all its vivacity and charm.
The prize’s founder, publisher Cheryl Robson said “We are delighted to have found such an entertaining and topical novel to publish. We welcome another internationally renowned author to the eclectic stable of fine novelists which Aurora Metro has been building.”
The Prize is sponsored by ea Change Group, a Richmond-based company which provides Change Management Services globally. www.eacg.co.uk