The George Burn Prize is a cheque for £5,000 plus the option of a writing retreat of up to three months in Scotland. I very much like the sound of that and not just because it makes it easy to pick a photo to go with this post.
The judges are looking for "...novels which dare to enter history and interrogate the past; writers of non-fiction brave enough to recast characters and historical events to create a new and vivid reality. Literature which challenges perceived notions of genre and makes us think again about just what it is that we are reading."
Anyone glancing through one of my first drafts is likely to think, "What the heck am I reading?" Do you think that's what they mean?