An overview of novel competitions across the UK with closing dates for submissions.
|Competition||What they say||Closing Date|| Website
The Bridport Prize
|A prestigious annual prize with categories for poetry, short stories, flash fiction and the novel||31st May 2021||Meet the Judges|
The Bridport Prize:
The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel
Your novel doesn’t have to be finished. We initially need only 5,000 to 8,000 words plus a 300 word synopsis. If you’re long listed we’ll ask for a total of 15,000 words, including your original word count. Shortlisted? Then we need a total 30,000 words, again including your original entry and long listed word count. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity
|31st May 2021||Bridport Prize|
|Bath Novel Award||The Bath Novel Award is a £3,000 international prize for emerging writers of adult fiction
Caroline Ambrose from the Bath Novel Award is a guest speaker at Novel Nights in Bath on 6th Sept 2019
Entry Fee £28 with sponsored places for writers on low income
|31st May 2021||Bath Novel Award|
|Bristol Short Story Prize||
||May 5th 2021||Bristol Short Story Prize|
|BBC National Short Story Award||Top Prize of £15,000. Entrants must have been previously published.||9a.m. Monday 15th March 2021||BBC National Short Story Award|
The Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding English-language fiction authors to get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales.
Genre fiction including Action, Adventure, Alternate History, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Suspense, Thriller, and Western manuscripts. $40 per entry
|1st April 2021||Claymore Award|
| Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
|Competition for unpublished and unagented writers of children’s fiction. Prize: a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House and a royalty advance of £10,000 plus an offer of representation from a top literary agent||14th May 2021|| |
- 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 email@example.com
- 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.