The competition is open to novelists, of any nationality, who have yet to sign a traditional publishing deal. For the purposes of this competition, a “traditional publishing deal” is defined as an offer of publication which includes an advance payment. Self-published novelists are eligible. Entrants must be 16 years or over.
The award is organised by Caroline Ambrose, a Bath-based writer, book columnist & regular chair for Bath’s literary festivals.
The Bath Novel Award was established in 2013 to support and spotlight unsigned novelists around the world. We’re known for our track record in helping writers find literary agent representation; all our 2016 shortlistees were snapped up by literary agents and one signed a six figure publishing deal.
Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult (13+) readers. Children’s novels are not eligible.
Submissions should include (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel. Longlistees will be contacted in May 2017 and invited to submit their full (at least 50,000 words) manuscript for the final judging stages.
Novels must be your original work and in English.
Literary agent Laura Williams of PFD judging the shortlist.
The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2017 will receive £2,000.
£25 per novel