The 2024 IW Book Awards are now open for entries

Applications for this year’s Isle Of Wight Book Awards are now open.

There are three categories, with the awards’ founder, Hunter Davies, judging the fiction books, Alan Titchmarsh will be judging the non-fiction entries, and they are joined by children’s judge, Anne McNeil, whose 40-year career has seen her working as editor and agent for some the country’s most popular authors of children’s fiction.

The winner of each category will receive a £200 prize, with an additional £500 awarded to the overall winner of the Book Of The Year award.

The awards are timed to coincide with the annual Isle of Wight Literary Festival, with the prize-giving lunch held on October 1 at the Island Sailing Club marking the the festival’s opening.

Entries are welcome until May 31 and anyone who has been published (professionally released or self-published) during 2023 can enter. The only conditions are that the book must have a physical form (no digital only publications) and there has to be some element of Isle of Wight content.

To enter just complete the entry form on the Book Awards website, then drop in four copies of your finished publication to one of four drop-off points: Medina bookshop in Cowes, Monkton Arts in Ryde, Mrs Middleton’s Bookshop in Freshwater or Babushka Books in Shanklin. Entry is free.

For full details of the rules, details of the awards and entry forms visit iw.observer/iwbookawards.