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Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

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Closing date: 
1 August 2019
Entry: 
Unpublished writers of 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, five runners-up prizes

Every book starts with a first line, every career with a first moment of inspiration.

The Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing First Novel Prize was created to find and support brilliant new voices. We can't wait to discover yours!  Read more

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
8 February 2019
Entry: 
Open to unpublished female writers, aged 21 or over, who live in the UK or Ireland Entry fee
Prize: 
Winner £1,500 and all shortlisted entrants receive a half-hour one-to-one consultation, with our competition sponsors PFD

Lucy Cavendish Prize for Unpublished Women Writers

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. The work can be on any subject at all. We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded.  Read more

Richard and Judy's Search For A Bestseller 2018

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Closing date: 
14 June 2018
Entry: 
Writers resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland No entry fee
Prize: 
£30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and representation from literary agency Furniss Lawton

The Richard and Judy Book Club - the biggest book club in Britain - is widely relied upon by readers to provide an abundance of writing talent a chance to shine, from debut novelists to highly acclaimed authors.  Read more

The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year 2018

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Closing date: 
8 June 2018
Entry: 
Writers of published fiction, non-fiction and poetry between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK and Ireland, published or self-published No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000 plus a 10 week residency and a year of mentoring, three runners-up £500

Submissions are being accepted until June 8 in one of the industry's longest-named awards, The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. The prize programme is designed to honour fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK and Ireland.  Read more

The Daily Mail Penguin Random House first novel competition

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Closing date: 
13 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland No entry fee
Prize: 
£20,000

Welcome to The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel Competition. Before sending in your entry please read all the rules as any entries that do not comply with all the conditions will be discounted.  Read more

National Novel Writing Month 2017

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Closing date: 
30 November 2017
Entry: 
Open to all writers of 13 and over No entry fee
Prize: 
You win by writing a 50,000 word novel

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

Committed to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November?

If you sign up online, you'll be able to use the online resources to help you:  Read more

Mslexia Women's Novel Competition 2017

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Closing date: 
18 September 2017
Entry: 
Open to women of any nationality and age Entry fee £25
Prize: 
£5,000

MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed' women writers. Good range of quality writing, information and advice with news, reviews, competitions and interviews, all presented in a friendly fashion. Praised by Helen Dunmore as 'astute, invigorating and above all an excellent read.' www.mslexia.co.uk Women's Novel Competition 2017 is for novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists. The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length.  Read more

Galley Beggar Press open submission

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Closing date: 
31 July 2017
Entry: 
Open to all No entry fee
Prize: 
Possible publication

Norwich-based independent publisher Galley Beggar Press is opening up general submissions of adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction in order to "keep [itself] open to surprises and the wider world".  Read more

The Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017

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Closing date: 
2 June 2017
Entry: 
Published and self-published British and Irish authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry aged 18-35
Prize: 
£5,000

Self-published authors are being encouraged to submit to this year's The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, along with traditionally-published writers.

Submissions are now open for the £5,000 prize, which is given annually to the best work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish author aged between 18 and 35.  Read more

The Kindle UK Storyteller Award

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Closing date: 
19 May 2017
Entry: 
Open to submissions of new English Language books from all authors and genres, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Titles must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 5,000 words with no upper word limit. Some exclusions.
Prize: 
Prize £20,000 cash prize and recognition at central London award ceremony this summer

Amazon UK has announced The Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre. The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between 20th February and 19th May 2017.  Read more

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