Saturday, 1 January 2022

Announcing: The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds Award 2022

Happy New Year to all!

the team of Discovering Diamonds is proud to announce a new award
to promote quality indie-published/small press historical fiction

 £150 first prize
£50 runner-up

The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds Award 2022

Discovering Diamonds opened as a review site for indie and self-published authors on January 1st 2017. Since then we have posted about 1,000 reviews of historical novels that have reached a good standard of quality and are, from a reader’s perspective,  ‘value for money’.

Interspersed with our review posts we have highlighted various authors via our annual December StorySong short story entertainment, offered guest posts, made Book and Cover of the Month selections, reviewed some mainstream traditionally published historical novels and works of historical non-fiction, but our main aim is to promote Indie/Self-Published writers and small independent presses of quality historical fiction. We maintain thata good book is a good book no matter who publishes it, or how - but ‘getting noticed’ for indies can be an ongoing, uphill struggle.

Therefore, in order to help, albeit in a small way, Discovering Diamonds is to run an award through the kind generosity of Jeffrey Manton (*see below), who has offered to sponsor a first prize of £150 for two years (2022 Award/2023 Award). There will be a runner-up prize of £50.

It is to be called The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds Award in remembrance of Richard who passed away in April 2021. He began as a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews in 2011/12, when I was Managing Editor, then came over to Discovering Diamonds when it was conceived in November 2016. He personally encouraged many new writers, supported established authors and, as a rough tally, reviewed not far off 700 novels, so to name our award in his honour is most fitting.

Helen Hollick

Founder Discovering Diamonds (#DDRevs)

for full terms, conditions, list of judges 

click here: TERMS & CONDITIONS

how to submit a book for potential  review

click here: SUBMISSIONS

(we do not accept entries direct for the award)

The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds 2022 Award

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