The Scribblers

Tales from our writers' journeys to publication


This page is a short list of the competitions for unpublished novels that we’ve entered or heard about as a group. Hope they are useful – we hope to blog about our experiences in each of them.

Every effort is made to ensure the content below is up to date and accurate – if this is not the case, please do contact us and we would happily change it :-_________________________________________________________________

Competition Closing date Entry fee Description
Chicken House 20th December 2017 £15  You will need to create a single word document containing the following submission materials:

· A page-long, single spaced covering letter explaining why you believe your novel would appeal to children and telling us a bit about yourself.

· A page-long, single spaced synopsis of your story. Please include all the main points of your plot in your synopsis, including ‘spoilers’!

· The full manuscript, double spaced and in size 12pt font, with numbered pages.

Exeter Novel Prize 1st January 2018 £18 Submissions are invited of the first ten thousand words including synopsis of an adult / YA novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house.
Adventures in Fiction 14th Feb 2018 £16 A one-page synopsis.

The first page of your novel.

Skylark Soaring Stories 11th April 2018 £6 First 2,000 words plus one-page synopsis of a work of fiction for readers aged 8-12 OR 12+. Please specify the audience you are writing for. Please give the word count of the finished novel if complete. Double-spaced, not previously published.
Bath Novel Award 30th April 2018 £25 First 5,000 words plus one-page synopsis of adult / YA novel.
Bridport 31st May 2018 £20 The first chapters of the adult/YA novel, a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words in total, plus a synopsis of 300 words.
Yeovil Literary 31st May 2018 £12 Novel entries must have a synopsis and the opening chapters up to a maximum of 15,000 words.
Ink and Insights 30th June 2018 $35 / $40 / $45 This contest requires the first 10,000 words of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis.

A review by Stuart White is here.

Impress Prize Usually 1st July 2018 £15 Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words.
Cinnamon Press 31st July 2018 £12 Submit the first 10,000 words of the work.
Flash 500 31st Oct 2018 £10 Opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.
Caledonia 1st Nov 2018 £25 Novels should be submitted via email to 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, contact details and payment date.
Bath Children’s 2nd Dec 2018 £25 3,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels written for children or young adults


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