The CFA seeks to publicise original, mould-breaking works of fantasy from self-published and unpublished authors. 2022 is our inaugural year!
Our site will showcase each year's top 3 novelists; the winner receiving a cash prize of £2500, with £1200 for second and £600 for third place. Our website will also feature all 12 shortlisted candidates and their work, and each of these 12 will receive constructive feedback from our judges. Our guest judge this year is published author Christine Amsden, in addition to 11 other judges who all work freelance for the CFA.
If you are a self-published or unpublished author who would like to compete for our award, please email the first 10,000 words of your manuscript, along with a single page synopsis, to the address below. All novels entered for the prize must be at least 50,000 words; we shall request full manuscripts from the shortlisted 12. Entry is a mere £6 to help cover prize costs, plus we will never spam you with adverts for writing courses, proof readers, copy editors, 1-on-1 tutorials, marketing videos, secret recipes for perfect bacon sandwiches or luxury timeshares on the moon. Chimera is about sponsoring indie talent - we won't reap dubious profits from the fields of your dreams.
Closing date for 2022 entries: 1st December.
GENERAL CONTEST TIP: Submit early to avoid being part of an impossible last minute clutter. Even the best judges are only human...
Shortlist announced: 21st December.
Winners announced: 31st December.
May the Fates guide your fingers to good fortune!