Novel Competitions 2020

An overview of novel competitions across the UK with closing dates for submissions.

Good luck


Competition What they say Closing Date  Website


Bridport Prize


Each year our excellent judges hand out over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels. 31st May 2020  Bridport Prize
The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel The award is run in conjunction with industry partners The Literary Consultancy,  – the UK’s first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service, A. M. Heath Literary Agents and Tinder Press.  Submissions are welcome in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults (YA) providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. Non-fiction and fiction for children is not eligible. 31st May 2020 Bridport Prize
Bath Novel Award The Bath Novel Award is a prize for unpublished, self-published and independently published novelists.

Caroline Ambrose from the Bath Novel Award is a guest speaker at Novel Nights in Bath on 6th Sept 2019 

Novel Nights is sponsoring three reduced places in 2020

Entry Fee: £28

31st May 2020 Bath Novel Award
Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award The Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre.
Prizes: Winner: £1,000 + agent introduction. Runner up: manuscript review + agent introduction
Highly commended: agent introduction
Literary Agents: Caroline Wood and Carrie Plitt
Author: Anna Hope
Entry fee: £20 for each submission. Online entry only. Up to 10 free entries to UK based writers on low incomes.
May 31st 2020 Blue Pencil Award First Novel Award
Bristol Short Story Prize
April 30th 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize







  • Inevitably, this list will be incomplete. If there are other competitions for novelists you think should be on the list, please let me know and email
  • Colette Hill is a reader for the Bridport Prize and co-hosts Novel Nights Bath. Read her blog here on what she looks for in a manuscript.