Deadline: May 31, 2024

Entry fee: $38

About the competition

The Bath Novel Award is a £5,000 international prize for emerging writers of adult fiction. Submit the first 5,000 words plus a one-page synopsis of your novel for adults or young adults. Shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on their full manuscript and all listees will receive editorial director feedback on their extract and synopsis.

Competition guideline

  • For The Bath Novel Award, full manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words long. For The Bath Children’s Novel Award there is no minimum or maximum word count.
  • Novels are longlisted on the basis of the first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis. To keep the prize fair for all writers, any material over this word count is not read. In the first rounds, readers vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question ‘do this extract and synopsis make you want to read the full?’. We therefore recommend editing to a point within your first 5,000 words which is most likely to leave voters eager to vote ‘yes’ to reading more.
  • Please use industry standard formatting, anonymised. For novels and chapter books, see our how to format your novel manuscript page. For picture book texts, see our how to format your picture book text page
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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