News Book | Written by Ed Fortune 04/12/2017


STARBURST Magazine, the world’s premier platform for new and exciting genre media, is pleased to announce that it will now have a prize for genre-related writing. The award ceremony will be part of The STARBURST Media City Festival.

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 2017. A shortlist will be announced early 2018 and the winner will be announced at The STARBURST Media City Festival, at Salford Media City 16th - 18th March 2018.

The panel of judges will be announced soon.

We are accepting nominations throughout 2017. 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 collections the editor has curated. The judges will require a total of 6 physical copies (or one E-book.) We prefer electronic submissions in all cases.

The work must have been published in the UK (or online) during 2017. The deadline for E-books is January 30th, 2018, and the physical copies must arrive not later than January 20th.

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



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, we’ll see you all at The STARBURST Media City Festival.