Is your Non-Fiction Project Collecting Dust?
Applications are now open for CLL 2012 Writers' Awards. We will be awarding 2 lucky writers $35,000 each so that they can devote their time to complete their non-fiction masterpiece.
This is an exciting opportunity and one of the highest monetary prizes of its kind. First started in 2002, the CLL Writers' Awards have contributed over one million dollars to NZ non-fiction.
To apply, the work must be non-fiction and could (but is not limited to) fall into the following categories:
- Natural or Social History
- Specialist Non-Fiction
- General Non-Fiction
- Personal Memoir
- Educational Textbook or Reference
- Guide Book or "How To" Book
You will be required to provide a summary of the work and a sample chapter. Whether it is a new project or one that has spent some time on the shelf, if you are able to supply this level of information and intend to see the work published, we invite you to apply.
Applications close 26 June 2012 at 5pm.
2012 GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS
1. CLL WRITERS’ AWARDS
The Copyright Licensing Ltd Writers’ Awards were established in 2002 to provide financial support, in a full range of non-fiction categories, for writers wishing to devote time to a specific book project and to cover reasonable research expenses relating to it. It is the clear intention of the CLL Writers’ Awards that a book will be published as a result of the winning of a CLL Writers’ Award.
2. AWARD DETAILS
2.1. Applications will be judged by a selection panel appointed by the CLL Board.
2.2. Applicants will be notified of the success or otherwise of their application by 17 August 2012.
2.3. Five finalists will be chosen by the Selection Panel. All finalists will be invited to attend the Awards function (travel costs for each of the finalists will be paid for and arranged by CLL).
2.4. From the five finalists, two applicants will be awarded $35,000 each.
2.5. Applications will not be returned. Please do not send any original materials in support of your application. Unsuccessful applications will be destroyed three months after the recipients are announced
2.6. The winners of the Awards will be announced at a function to be held in Auckland on 6 September 2012.
2.7. The period of the Award is nominally from January to December of the year following announcement of the Award but payment will be made in stages as outlined in section 7 of the application form.
2.8. Applications may be made by joint authors, however one author must be named as the Lead Author and be the “Applicant” for the purposes of the Awards. CLL will not be involved in, nor responsible for, any agreements, negotiations or disputes between joint authors.
3. APPLICATION CONDITIONS
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for an Award.
3.1 Applicants must be New Zealand Citizens or have a New Zealand Permanent Residence
3.2 Applicants must be writers of proven merit.
3.3 Completed applications must be received by 26 June 2012. Email applications cannot be accepted. No additions or amendments will be accepted. Applications with inadequate information will be returned.
3.4 To qualify, the work must be non-fiction e.g. history, biography, natural or social history, specialist non-fiction, general non-fiction, personal memoir, educational textbook or reference book, guide book, “how-to” book etc
3.5 Applications must be supplied in duplicate and must include:
- a completed application form (form available on CLL website: www.copyright.co.nz);
- an outline of the proposed work, including a chapter outline.
- a statement as to how the proposed work will add to the body of work already published on the subject or to the genre
- if a biography or work relating to Maori, please indicate how the subject of the biography and/or their descendants and/or iwi will be consulted and involved in the research of the book § the names of referees. This is particularly important for applicants with limited or no history of being published
- expressions of interest from publishers etc. (Up to 4 pages; letters from publishers allowed in addition – up to 2 pages)
- a sample of writing from the proposed work (no less than 5 and not exceeding 10 pages). If a sample of alternative work is offered instead, it must be written in a style similar to that proposed for the project;
- a curriculum vitae with a list of main published works (no more than 3 pages).
3.6 The resulting book should be likely to be accepted by a publisher for publication.
Applications that do not meet the above criteria are unable to be considered. The Selection Panel will not look at applications containing in excess of 21 pages (the total of the maximum lengths stipulated). No covering letter is required or sought.
4. CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE OF AWARD
4.1 The Selection Panel will make a recommendation on the Award recipients and finalists to the CLL Board which will make the final decision. No discussion on the final decision will be entered into.
4.2 All finalists will be required to formally agree to the Terms and Conditions of Acceptance of a CLL Writers’ Award (see separate form), prior to being announced as a finalist.
To apply for a CLL Writer’s Award please forward two copies of the material requested in section 3.5.
Download: 2012 application form, terms and conditions
For enquiries: call 09 486 6250
For submissions: Applications must be received by 26 June 2012 at Copyright Licensing Limited, PO Box 331488, Takapuna 0740, Auckland