An international prize for unpublished novelists with a Scottish Flavour

Unpublished (traditionally or self-published)? Got a 50,000 word novel ready to be sent off to agents and publishers? What about entering it into this competition?


world mapI’ve just come across a new international prize for unpublished novelists. The Caledonian Novel Award 2015 is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and from any country, but they must not have had a novel published, and that includes self-published.  The closing date for entries is November 2, 2014 and you have to send the first 20 pages of your novel – double spaced in a size 12 font – plus a 200 word synopsis. The entry fee is £20 and the prize is £1000 and a lot of kudos. A long list will be announced at the end of November. Writers are then given just a week to send in the rest of the manuscript (which has to be at least 50,000 words long) . So, if you’ve only written three chapters don’t bother, but if you have a rough first draft at the bottom…

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Literary Prize for unpublished novels or short story collections

Any use to anyone?


unpublished novelThe SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women writers in the UK is now accepting entries for the 2014 Prize. The prize runs biennially and the first award was made in October 2012. The three prize winners receive £2,000, £750 and £250 for first, second and third place. The deadline is March 31st.
The prize has been created and run by Soroptimist International of Leeds, in partnership with the Ilkley Literature Festival and independent publishers Peepal Tree Press and has been supported by Arts Council England,

The Award is open to published and unpublished women writers, over the age of 18, of Black or Asian descent who are resident in the UK. Ethnicity will be self-defined by entrants. As a guideline, Black or Asian descent in the context of the Award signifies any black background, including:-

  • Black African

  • Black Caribbean

  • any other Black background

any Asian background, including

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