News Book Event News | Written by STARBURST 04/12/2018

Brave New Words Award 2019 Launches

STARBURST Magazine, the world’s premier platform for new and exciting genre media, is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for its ground-breaking Brave New Words books prize.

The Brave New Words Award has opened its submissions window for works produced in 2018. The Award ceremony will be at Edge Lit, the UK’s premiere indie book event.

Edge Lit is an annual UK based genre event. It will be held at the Derby Quad, UK, on 13th July 2019. Guest of honour is Tim Lebbon. You can find out more on Edge Lit Website.

The Brave New Words Award is for someone who produces break-out literature that is new and bold. We are looking to highlight exciting work that breaks new ground in the field of Cult Entertainment.  editors, writers, publishers, and bloggers can be nominated. We are looking for works produced in 2018. A shortlist will be announced early 2019 and the winner will be announced in special ceremony later this year.

Last year’s winner was given to Margrét Helgadóttir for her work as editor of Pacific Monsters, published by Fox Spirit Books.  Pacific Monsters brought together genre voices from that region of the world into one volume.

The panel of judges include genre critics and media professionals. The head judge is STARBURST Magazine’s Literary Editor, Ed Fortune.

Those wishing to submit nominations have until February 16th 2019 to send them in. The guidelines for submitting to the long list is below.

There is no submission fee for the Brave New Words award, nor is there a limit on the number of titles that can be submitted.

Please bear in in mind that STARBURST is a magazine grounded in the field of Cult Entertainment and we are always highlighting indie and cutting-edge media.

The award goes to an individual, not a specific work, so we are looking for examples that most define the creators output.  We want full works: a complete novel or anthology or an example of the writer’s essays. For editors, we are looking specifically at works the editor has curated. We will require one copy of the work in physical or electronic form. If the work makes it to the shortlist, we may require an up to five additional copies. We prefer electronic submissions in all cases.

The work must have been published in the UK (or online) during 2018. The deadline is February 16th 2019.

The email address is (marked BNW Awards) and the address to send physical publications is:


c/o STARBURST Magazine

PO Box 4508


M61 0GY

Physical submissions must be clearly marked as intended for the award – mark the package and include a note with each copy. Good luck to all of you!