There are so many different types of competitions for novels or novellas that it really doesn't matter what stage you are in your writing. Just an idea? Send in your proposal. Written the first chapter? Send it in along with a synopsis. Written the whole book? Send in your manuscript. Already published, self-published, or printed the book? Send copies in. There is something here for everyone.

REMEMBER: Please take care to read the guidelines and rules of entry for each competition to ensure that your work and eligibility is suitable for the competition, and that you are aware of the requirements and deadlines of each competition.

New competitions will continue to be added to these lists, so check back regularly. If you think there is a competition missing from this list or if you are running a competition that you would like to be added to this list, then please contact us with the details.

Upcoming Novel/Novella Competitions

May 2018

Daily Mail Novel Competition

Type: Fiction, novel; first 5,000 words, plus a 600 word synopsis

Entrance fee: Free

Deadline: 5th May 2017

Prizes: £20,000 publishing deal



The Kindle Storyteller Contest

Type: Novel, fiction, 5,000 words minimum, upload the book to Kindle platform, enroll it in KDP Select program and use ‘StorytellerUK2017’ as a keyword (please be aware that this is publishing your work)

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 19th May 2017

Prize: £20,000



Yeovil Literary Prize: Category 1. Novel

Type: Fiction, novel (synopsis and opening chapter, max. 15,000 words combined)

Entrance fee: £12

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000; 2nd prize, £250; 3rd prize, £100



Bridport Prize – Novel Category

Type: Fiction, novel, submit the first chapter (between 5,000 and 8,000 words) and a 300 word synopsis

Entrance fee: £20

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000 plus mentoring and possible publication; runners up prize, £500; 3 x shortlisted writer prizes of £100



First Novel Prize 2018

Type: first novels over 50,000 words

Entrance fee: £25

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £ 250; 3rd, £100



Hastings Litfest Crooked Cat Books Crime Novel Competition

Type: crime novels up to 90,000 words, for unpublished authors or authors published in other genres

Entrance fee: £10 per novel

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, publication, trophy and £150; runner up, trophy and £100



The Bridport Prize – The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

Type: novel, unpublished first novel, submit up to 8,000 words including a 300 word synopsis

Entrance fee: £20 per novel

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000 plus a year’s mentoring; runner up, £500 plus a full manuscript appraisal



Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018

Type: short story, flash fiction or novella up to 45,000 words

Entrance fee: £10 per entry

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: £500


June 2018

July 2018

Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel/Novella Prize

Type: fiction, novel, novella, submit only 10,000 words

Entrance fee: £12 per novel

Deadline: 31st July 2018

Prize: mentoring plus publishing contract


August 2017

September 2018

October 2018

Flash 500 Annual Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition 2018

Type: novel, opening chapter, up to 3,000 words, plus one page synopsis

Entry fee: £10 (£25 with critique)

Deadline: 31st October 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; Runner up, £200


November 2018

December 2018


January 2018


The 2017 Exeter Novel Prize

Type: fiction, novel, first 10,000 words including a synopsis of an unpublished novel

Entrance fee: £18 or £80 to receive a one page appraisal

Deadline: 1st January 2018

Prize: £500



The Emerging Writer Award

Type: novel or short story collection, submit 1,000 word sample and a synopsis

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 8th January 2018

Prize: prizes worth up to £2,000



The Fresher Writing Prize 2018

Type: first 500 words and a synopsis of a novel on any theme

Entrance fee: £6 per entry (free to staff and students of Bournemouth University

Deadline: 14th January 2018

Prize: a one-to-one skype with an agent



The Bath Novella-in-Flash Award 2018

Type: flash novella (several linking flash stories/chapters), 6,000–18,000 words

Entrance fee: £16

Deadline: 29th January 2018

Prize: 1st, £300; 2 x runner up £100 plus publication


February 2018

March 2018

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Type: adventure novel (two categories: published and unpublished), over 50,000 words

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prize: £15,000 for published category; £7,500 award for the unpublished category



The International Rubery Book Award

Type: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, already published books

Entrance fee: One book, £36; two books, £72; three books, £108; etc

Deadline: 31st March 2018


April 2018

Write Here Right Now

Type: fiction, novel, needs to be complete in case you are shortlisted, theme ‘that of new beginnings and discovery’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 13th April 2018

Prize: representation and publication



The Bath Novel Award

Type: fiction, novel, novel should be written in full, submit first 5,000 words and a synopsis

Entrance fee: £25 per novel

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: Shortlist: feedback and agent introductions; longlisted novel: online editing course; winner: £2,500


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