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2010 Citizen Book Prize: Submission Rules and Guidelines

The Citizen

Are you ready? The submission rules for the 2010 Citizen Book Prize – the only book prize to be decided by the voting public – have been finalized, and you have until 31 May to send in your youth novel/teen fiction synopsis, along with three chapters and a covering letter, to stand a chance to win the R10 000 first prize.

The complete guidelines are available below (click here to read and download if the document does not load). Here are the most important points to take into consideration:

The Rules

  • Only teen fiction and non-fiction will be accepted for The Citizen Book Prize 2010.
  • Submissions by adults are welcome, but all submissions will be stringently judged on their appeal to, accessibility for and targeting of, a teen audience.
  • All submissions should be typed and available electronically if requested; no handwritten submissions will be accepted.
  • Please make sure to keep a copy of your submission – we cannot be held responsible for a manuscript that goes missing in the post.
  • Please ensure that the pages are numbered consecutively.

What to submit

  • A synopsis of no more than 500 words. The public will vote based on a shortlist of ten synopses published in CitiVibe and on, so this synopsis is crucial in winning voters for your submission. A well-crafted synopsis outlines the major plot points of the story, but importantly, it is interesting to read. It should tell the story in a captivating way.
  • Three chapters of your masterpiece. Submissions will not be valid unless they are accompanied by three selected chapters (these can be chronological, or selected, jumbled chapters). Submissions accompanied by entire manuscripts will also not be accepted. These chapters will showcase the brilliance of your work to the judges. We are on the hunt for beautifully crafted stories that will appeal to a teen audience.
  • A simple covering letter. A brief covering letter or email should accompany your submission. Please keep this to the point, with a few brief lines, a paragraph at most, motivating your submission, rounded off with all of your contact details to allow us to be in touch with you.
  • Poorly presented entries are difficult to process. Please adhere closely to the above guidelines – if your entry doesn’t make sense it will be disregarded.

How and when to submit

  • By email to:
  • Hard copies should be posted to: The Citizen Book Prize, Publishing Department, Pan Macmillan, Private Bag X19, Northlands, 2116. No hard copies delivered to Pan Macmillan’s offices will be accepted.


  • Submissions will be accepted from April 1 to May 31.
  • Authors may submit as many manuscripts as they like.

The Prize

  • The winner of the 2010 Citizen Book Prize will receive R10 000 in cash from The Citizen, as well as ongoing publicity in CitiVibe: interviews, reviews, updates, etc.
  • In addition, the winner will have the manuscript published and marketed by Macmillan, provided it is up to the standard demanded by the publisher. Please note: winning does not guarantee publication.
  • If Macmillan make the decision to not publish the winning manuscript, they will undertake to sponsor a writing course worth R5 000 for the author concerned.

Hone your writing skills; do your research – read as much famous teen fiction and non-fiction as you can; have friends or colleagues edit your submissions … You don’t want to miss out on your chance of being published and winning a prize, with The Citizen Book Prize 2010 for teen fiction and non-fiction – the only book prize decided by the voting public!

Further submission guidelines here:

Submission Guidelines for the Citizen Book Prize 2010


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