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Dundee Book Prize attracts record number of entries.

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The third Dundee Book Prize has attracted 240 entries, four times the number that entered the 2003 competition.

Organisers now claim that the contest can take its place as one of the biggest literary prizes in the UK. Co-sponsor of the event Polygon has said that due to the amount and quality of entries it will now publish the top three books instead of just the overall winner.

The open theme of the international competition, coupled with the greater chance of being published, has swelled the entries to record numbers.

Reading groups around Scotland will go through the entries cutting them down into a shortlist of 12 which will then be judged by crime author Ian Rankin, BBC broadcaster Edi Stark and St Andrews University lecturer in creative writing John Burnside. The judges will then select the top three by the end of summer 2004, reports the Evening Telegraph.
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