Proverse Prize

The International Proverse Prize is our annual competition for unpublished book-length works submitted in English (may be translation) of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Established in 2008, it is open to all over the age of eighteen without restriction of nationality, residence or citizenship.


Novellas should be in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 words;

Other fiction (e.g. novels, short-story collections) and non-fiction (e.g. autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, memoirs, essay collections, etc.) should be in the range of 75,000 to 100,000 words;

Poetry collections should be in the range of 4,000 to 5,000 words, although we do accept longer works up to 10,000 – 12,000);

Other word-counts and mixed-genre submissions are not ruled out.

The Prize

1) Publication by Proverse (including preparation for publication)

2) Cash prize of HKD10,000.00 (approx US$1000.00) awarded on publication of the winning works (may be shared by a maximum of two entries).

Supplementary Prizes

Supplementary Publication Prizes may also be awarded to other thought-provoking work.

Entry Period

Regular Deadline: 7 May to 30 June 2023

Late Entries: 1-11 July (additional fee)

All dates and times are in HKT

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