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The Arnold Bennett Prize

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This new £500 book prize is administered by the Arnold Bennett Society in partnership with the Sentinel newspaper, and will be awarded every year from 2017 onward. For the first award of this prize, works published during 2016 are eligible.

Entries are invited from two groups of authors: those either born in or currently living/working in North Staffordshire; those whose works deal with aspects of life in North Staffordshire, including works by writers from abroad.


The Prize will recognize works of excellence across genres. Topics of interest are therefore unrestricted and may include local history, crime fiction, art, architecture, classics, poetry, literary criticism, social studies, as well as works of literary fiction.


The adjudication for the 2016 Prize will begin next January and individual applicants (including self-publishers) and publishers may submit any number of titles (2 copies of each) by 31 January 2017. The winner will be announced in September 2017.

Enquiries for the 2017 Prize should be made to:

Entries should be posted to:

The Arnold Bennett Prize, Institute for the Humanities, Room CM0.25, Claus Moser Building, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

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