1. Women Authors who have a minimum of one book published can participate
2. Entries for the Women Author Awards can also be made by the publishers. Each publisher shall be permitted to enter up to Five books in each category.
3. Publishers should not disclose their list of entries to any third parties, including the author(s) themselves
4. Works should be originally written in English
5. Forms to be strictly submitted in English language
6. Entry Submission to be made online only
7. Last date for submission of entries is 25nd December 2019
8. Year of publication: The work must have been published in India between December 2018 – November 2019
9. Author Nationality – Only works written by Indian citizens, as defined by the Citizenship Act, 1955, are eligible. Proof of nationality will be required with each entry.
10. Country of Publication: The Prize is open only to works published in India by a publisher established in India. In order for an entry to be eligible, all the following must apply:
a. The publisher must have its registered presence in India, and
11. The publisher must be subject to Indian laws, including the primary liability to pay tax in India qua all of its trading activities in India.
12. Self-published works: Self-published works, defined as follows, are not eligible for the Women Author Awards; Examples of Self-published work are as under:
a. works published by the author and/or his/her family, or
b. works published by a publishing company/imprint set up expressly for this purpose, or
c. works published by a publishing company/imprint in which the author is a shareholder or decision-maker, either directly or indirectly, or
d. works published by a publishing company/imprint which is paid by the author, under a commercial agreement, for this purpose
13. The Awards Curator may call in any eligible novel for the consideration of the Jury, at his/her discretion on a confidential basis
14. Posthumous works will not be considered eligible for the Prize. Any issues of doubt in this regard will be resolved by the Curator.
15. Any discrepancies observed during the eligibility check may lead to disqualification.
– In any dispute about the rules, results or any matter relating to the conduct of the Prize, the decision of the Curator will be considered as final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
– The Curator in consultation with the jury, has the right to eliminate any book whose final version differs substantially from the version first submitted.
16. The book submitted as a nomination entry should not be less than 30,000 words in length
17. An author who is based outside the country, travel will need to be managed by the woman author herself