The 2019 Quagga Prize is an annual prize awarded to the best self-published novels of any genre, length or publication date. Writer and scholar Dr David James established the Prize in 2014 as a way to encourage the development of independently spirited novels that had been shut out of wider recognition by mainstream publishing methods.  So if you are an independent, self-published novelist, we want to hear from you! 


Submission Instructions
You can either submit a hard copy or an electronic copy of your novel - both described below. Both require a submission fee of £15. This money goes towards the cash prize for the winners and the expense of creating and hosting the event.

Hard-copy submission

If submitting a hard copy please print, fill-in and mail the below information along with a £15 entry fee and a copy of your book. 

Author(s) name(s): …...........................................................................................


Book title: …...........................................................................................................


Date of publication: ….........................................................................................


Email address: …...................................................................................................


Author's postal address (optional): …..............................................................




Please send all mail submissions to:


 Dr. David James

 2 Leslie Gardens,

 Sutton,

 Surrey,

 SM2 6QU


If paying by cheque, please make the cheque payable to David James.


Electronic submission (electronic submissions temporarily on pause - will be up soon)

If submitting electronically please submit the below information to:  davejames_writer@hotmail.com along with an electronic attachment of your book (any format).


Author(s) name(s): …...........................................................................................


Book title: …...........................................................................................................


Date of publication: ….........................................................................................


Email address: …...................................................................................................


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To pay the fee for electronic submission please enter your email address in the field below and click the paypal link. You do not need a paypal account yourself. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Must my novel have been written within the last year?
No! We accept all novels, as long as they are self-published and haven't competed for the Quagga Prize in previous years.

How many prizes are there?
We award three prizes: Quagga Prize Gold, Silver and Bronze. All come with cash prizes (£300, £100, and £50 respectively). All submissions receive recognition and a thorough review from Dr David James. 

If you have any other questions at all, please email us at  davejames_writer@hotmail.com 



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Six centuries is a long time for anything but, for the world of literature, it is a journey perhaps more profound, unpredictable and fascinating than any other. However, it’s a minefield to unravel and understand. 

Thankfully, UK novelist David James has completed the mammoth task of not only producing a comprehensive history of the literary world, but compiling it into a compelling book anyone can understand and embrace. 

Telling Stories: Chaucer to Joyce delves deep into the heart of storytelling and narratives, and takes a close look at the colourful and extensive ways in which they are presented. Spanning six centuries and exploring the works of a rich range of iconic authors, each from vastly different eras - Chaucer, Joyce, Dickens, Austen and Eliot, plus many more - the author’s eloquent and intelligent style and persuasive findings will keep any discerning reader with a penchant for literary criticism thoroughly absorbed. The author also looks at the use of fictional time and rhetoric, controlling (and interfering) narrators, digressions, and the author’s use of themes - morality, class, religion, decency, and socialising – in great detail, and his compelling conclusions will spark a whole host of further research and questions.

 

• Did Chaucer really plant the germ of the English novel?

• Why did Dickens struggle so much with endings?

• Why were Jane Austen’s settings and plots so polarised from her own, more sedate life?  

*What effects did serialisation or part issues have on the shape of  the work of Dickens and George Eliot?

• Should Eliot’s pioneering take on materialism and its evils be given more recognition?

 

This fascinating work of literary criticism also explores the concept that modern fictionalists simply cannot leave the old stories alone. It seems there are Christ figures, Mary Magdalenes, Virgin Marys, and King Priams, as well as Hectors and Achileses appearing in modern dress in Brixton market or Dublin’s fair city wherever a page is turned. Take a look at the opening pages of this stimulating and inspiring read by clicking the ‘Look Inside’ feature now. You will never look at these iconic authors and their infamous styles in the same light again.

 

“Many existing books look at the history of fiction from one author’s viewpoint, or through a very specific lens. However, I wanted to break new ground by creating something that takes a holistic look at this most fascinating of evolutions,” explains the author. “I’ve written some successful and rather quirky books, which have naturally required me to deeply understand the world of literature from a very broad and brave perspective. It was time to put all of that information into its own book, and here we are.”

 

Continuing, “I also argue that today’s cutting-edge authors have to learn to build on and consider the works of writers before them. Literature is like a tree that keeps on growing – if you cut the bottom out, the entire thing topples over. The amazing thing is that each of today’s writers, however unconventional they are, is creating their own page in a history book that will never be complete.”

 

‘TELLING STORIES: From Chaucer To Joyce’ is available now: http://amzn.to/2BiERLC.


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