The Isle Of Wight Book Awards

The object of the Awards is to encourage the writing, reading and publishing of books about the Isle of Wight; to draw attention to the beauty and glories and heritage of the Isle of Wight; to reward and praise authors, many of whom will perhaps never have produced a book before.

Information & Rules

MISSION STATEMENT - by founder Hunter Davies

No mission statement-just that this is meant to be an amusing, interesting, uplifting, encouraging project to help put the island on the national map, to encourage people on the island to write their own books, and possibly self publish them, and to recognise their efforts and reward them, in some small if rather humble way...

If you think you have a book in you, start writing – NOW! 

Whether it is about your school days, your family, your village, your garden, your boat, your club, your interests and collection, the history of your church, as well as novels or children's books of any sort, about any periods.


There are Three Categories of Awards to Enter:





All short listers from each of the 3 categories get a certificate and a warm glow

Each category winner receives £200

with an additional £500 for the overall winner.


2. The authors can be living anywhere, not necessarily on the Isle of Wight, and can be dead, alive or middling.

3. The books can be novels, non fiction, memoirs, poetry, guide books, picture books, children's books- anything really, as long as the contents are in some part connected with the Isle of Wight

4. Entries must be in by 31st May 2024

5. The books can be hard backs, paper backs, or even well produced booklets.

6. Books must be published in 2023

Books can be dropped off at the following locations: 

Monkton Arts
11, East St. PO33 1JP

Medina Bookshop
50 High St, PO31 7RR

Mrs Middleton's Bookshop
49, School Green Rd, PO40 9AS

Babushka Books
67 Regent St,
PO37 7AE

To Enter Fill In The Form Below:

Check List:

You or your publisher must:


Launch Date: 31st March 2024

Closing Date: 31st May 2024

Awards Giving Lunch Date: Tue 1st Oct 2024 at The Island Sailing Club, Cowes, IOW

This Year Our Chosen Charity Is: Wight SAR

WightSAR provide skilled volunteers to assist Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary and other agencies in searches for vulnerable missing persons on the Isle of Wight. We rely on donations from the public and Support from sponsors to fund our team.