Deadline: November 1, 2022

Entry fee: £25 

About the competition

Welcome to the Caledonia Novel Award, an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists.

Prize: £1,500, and a trophy specially designed by Edinburgh artist Lucy Roscoe

Judge: Charlotte Seymour, literary agent at Johnson & Alcock

Special Prize: a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre for the best novel from the UK and Ireland

Submission guidelines

  • Our 2023 novel competition is open to entries from 1 May 2022
  • We close to entries at midnight GMT on 1 November 2022
  • Longlisted novels will be announced on 1 December 2022, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 7 December 2022
  • Shortlisted novels will be announced on 25 January 2023, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2023 and awarded £1,500
  • The entry fee is £25 per novel
  • Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults
  • Novels must be the entrant’s original work and at least 50,000 words in length
  • The competition is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and resident in any country
  • The Caledonia Novel Award is open to unpublished or self-published novelists only
  • Entrants must be unagented at the time of submission
  • In common with other awards for unpublished and self-published novels, the judging agent may contact longlisted authors before the winner is announced. However, the winner may have been decided internally before this point, and all entries will have been judged anonymously
  • Entrants must not be employed by Johnson & Alcock or The Caledonia Novel Award
  • Entries may not be altered after submission
  • Entrants retain full copyright of their work, however by entering the competition give The Caledonia Novel Award permission to post an extract from the first 20 pages of any shortlisted entries on our website
  • The writer of the best novel from the British Isles and Ireland, as judged by Charlotte Seymour, will receive a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place in 2023. The prize includes accommodation, food and tuition, but does not cover travel costs. The full list of courses for 2023 will be announced later this year. For further details about Moniack Mhor, visit There is no cash alternative to this prize
  • Novels should be submitted via email to [email protected] 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, address and contact details, brief details of genre, and payment date. Please also state where you heard about our competition
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