$2000 Prize for Best Proposal from a First-time Biographer
The Hazel Rowley Prize rewards a first-time biographer with: funding (the $2,000 award); a careful reading from an established agent; a year's membership in Biographers International Organization (BIO), along with registration to the annual BIO Conference; and publicity for the author and project through the BIO website, The Biographer's Craft newsletter, etc. The prize is a way for BIO - an organization of biographers, agents, editors, and biography devotees - to advance its mission and extend its reach to talented new practitioners.
The prize is open to all first-time biographers anywhere in the world who are writing in English, who are working on a biography that has not been commissioned, contracted, or self-published, and who have never published a book-length biography, autobiography, history, or work of narrative nonfiction. Biography as defined for this prize is a narrative of an individual's life or the story of a group of lives. Innovative ways of treating a life (or lives) will be considered at the committee's discretion. Memoirs, however, are not eligible.
The deadline for entries is March 1, 2021. Please see the website for more information about BIO, about the prize, and instructions for applying.
Michael Gately, Executive Director, BIO