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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:50 am 
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The International Rubery Book Award is "a writing award for high quality self published books" and books from "Independent Publishers".
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Judges include Booker shortlisted author Clare Morrall, poet Jeff Phelps, children's authors Ann Evans and Simon Cheshire, and former Birmingham Poet Laureate and non-fiction writer Chris Morgan.
The latter being a regular con attendee and SF fan.

There is an entry fee.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:33 am 
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Being picky, it seems more like a competition than an award to me, and they do actually call it a competition on their website.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:00 pm 
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The Flyer at F'con was titled 'The International Rubery Book Award'.


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Ouch! £35 to enter, that's a bit steep IMHO, especially if you have self-published and are on a tight budget.

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Is it just me with alarm bells going off?


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It does state the reasons for a fee on the site but as Chris Morgan is involved I'd say there is no reason for alarm bells.


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I reckon your £35 would probably be better spent on ads or sending out review copies.

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They have something like this in the United States for indy publishers. Anybody can join and SATIRICA was nominated one year (an anthology I'm in with Edward Morris, and a batch of authors who have appeared in Interzone once or twice).

You pay a steep entry fee and are eligible for a gold, silver, or bronze medal. Very few authors or anthologies for this award have gone on to the big houses. BUT, a few did pull in some sales. As for Satirica, it sold a few copies, but not thousands that this one major SF-Hard Science author sold one year.

Forgot the guy's name; guess that proves a point.

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