Deadline: October 15, 2024

Entry fee: £28

About the competition

Now in our 11th year of competition, we are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists in all genres for adults and YA. Entrants should send us their first 20 pages plus 200-word synopsis.

This year’s judge is Alice Lutyens, literary agent at Curtis Brown.

£1,500 top prize; £500 for Highly Commended novel; free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre for the writer of the best novel from the UK and Ireland.

Over 18s only. Sponsored spaces are available.

Competition guideline

  • Our 2025 novel competition is open to entries from 15 May 2024
  • We close to entries at midnight GMT on 15 October 2024
  • Longlisted novels will be announced on 1 December 2024, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 8 December 2024
  • Shortlisted novels will be announced on 25 January 2025, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2025 and awarded £1,500
  • The Highly Commended author will win £500
  • The entry fee is £28 per novel
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your novel here.
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