This page is a short list of the competitions for unpublished novels that we’ve entered or heard about as a group. Hope they are useful – we hope to blog about our experiences in each of them.
Every effort is made to ensure the content below is up to date and accurate – if this is not the case, please do contact us and we would happily change it :-_________________________________________________________________
|Competition||Closing date||Entry fee||Description|
|Exeter Novel Prize||1st January 2017||£18||Submissions are invited of the first ten thousand words including synopsis of an adult / YA novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house.|
|Pageturner Prize||16th January 2017||Free||A finished or nearly finished adult / YA or cross-over unpublished manuscript, a one-page synopsis and a covering letter about yourself.|
|Adventures in Fiction||14th February 2017||£16||A one-page synopsis.
The first page of your novel.
|Bath Novel Award||24th April 2017||£25||First 5,000 words plus one-page synopsis of adult / YA novel.|
|Skylark Soaring Stories||15th May 2017||£6||First 2,000 words plus one-page synopsis of a work of fiction for readers aged 8-12 OR 12+. Please specify the audience you are writing for. Please give the word count of the finished novel if complete. Double-spaced, not previously published.|
|Bridport||31st May 2017||£20||The first chapters of the adult/YA novel, a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words in total, plus a synopsis of 300 words.|
|Yeovil Literary||Usually 31st May 2017||£11||Novel entries must have a synopsis and the opening chapters up to a total 15,000 words.|
|Ink and Insights||30th June 2017||$35 / $40 / $45||This contest requires the first 10,000 words of your manuscript.|
|Impress Prize||Usually 1st July 2017||£15||Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words.|
|Cinnamon Press||31st July 2017||£12||Submit the first 10,000 words of the work.|
|Flash 500||31st October 2017||£10||Opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.|
|Caledonia||Approx – 1st November 2017||£20||Novels should be submitted via email to email@example.com with one attachment containing the first 20 pages of your novel (double-spaced in a size 12 font) followed by a 200 word synopsis. In the body of your email, please list your name (this should not appear anywhere on your novel extract), novel title, contact details and payment date.|
|Bath Children’s||TBC||£22||3,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels written for children or young adults|
|Chicken House||Approx – 18th December 2017||£15|| You will need to create a single word document containing the following submission materials:
· A page-long, single spaced covering letter explaining why you believe your novel would appeal to children and telling us a bit about yourself.
· A page-long, single spaced synopsis of your story. Please include all the main points of your plot in your synopsis, including ‘spoilers’!
· The full manuscript, double spaced and in size 12pt font, with numbered pages.