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Book & Novel Writing Competitions

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Last updated 5th January 2017

Below is a list of book and novel writing competitions. These are for full length books, novelettes or novellas. I am not including details of short story competitions here as I have a separate page for short fiction awards which you can see by clicking here.

Some of the competitions listed accept work that has been previously published (either by a publishing house or self-published) and some are looking for original, unpublished works. I will try and keep all the information on the competition calendar up to date, but please visit the various contest websites and check all the rules and regulations before entering your work.

This is a new page, so the list will be short to start with, but I will add to it as I hear of more book competitions. If you run a book or novel competition and would like to be listed on this page, please contact me. You can learn about the kind of audience you will reach by being listed on my website performance analysis page.

If you are an author and have won or been shortlisted in any book competitions in the past and would like to share your experiences bywriting a blog post about it or being interviewed (by moi), please get in touch with me.

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Book & Novel Competitions List

Book / Novel Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Word Count Entry Fee Top Prize
Adventure Writer's Competition USA June October 200,000 max $25 $1,000
Notes on Adventure Writer's Competition: Adventure - sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector's Society - award given to winner at the Clive Cussler Collector's Society Convention in Las Vegas
Authors.me Writing Contests USA Varies Varies Varies FREE $200
Notes on Authors.me Contest: Genres vary, so check website for current details (in the past they've run humor, romance and YA contests) - winners receive cash prize plus audits and consultations from professionals, check the website for full details
A Woman's Write Good Read Novel Competition USA November January no min / max stated $40 $500
Notes on A Woman's Write Competition: Any style / genre - writers are asked to submit first 75 pages of their book - every entry receives critique
Bath Children’s Novel Award England November January Guidelines by age group/ no min or max stated £22 £2,000
Notes on the Bath Children's Novel Award: Chapter books, middle grade or novels for young adults (no picture books or books for children unable to read for themselves) - submit first 3,000 words and a synopsis - judged by a top literary agent - long-list announced in November, short-list December, winner in January
Bath Novel Award England April July 50,000 min / no max stated £25 £2,000
Notes on the Bath Novel Award: Novels in any genre, written for adults or young adults - submit first 5,000 words and a synopsis - judged by a top literary agent - long-list announced in early May, short-list June, winner in July
Bath Novella-in-Flash Award England January ? 7,000 min / 18,000 max £16 £300
Notes on the Bath Novella Award: Any style or genre - 2 runner-up awards of £100 - all winning stories published in print and digital format

Betty Trask Prize and Awards

England November ? no min / max stated FREE see notes
Notes on the Betty Trask Prize: Any style or genre - for authors aged under 35 on 31st December - prizes fund totaling £20,000 which must be used for foreign travel
Book Pipeline Competition USA December April no min / max stated Varies $5,000
Notes on the Book Pipeline Competition: Any style or genre - entries can be novels (fiction or non-fiction), plays, graphic novels, or book proposals - winner receives consideration from top management/production companies for film/TV development - all finalists receive development assistance and consultation from Script Pipeline
Bridport Prize 'Peggy Chapman-Andrews' Award England May ? min / max stated £20 £1,000
Notes on the Bridport Prize Award: Any style or genre - for authors resident in the UK - winner receive £1,000, expert mentoring and the chance of possible publication
Caledonia Novel Award Scotland November February 50,000 min / no max stated £20 £1,000
Notes on the Caledonian Novel Competition: Any style or genre for adults or Y/A - entrants must be previously unpublished - extract of winner's novel published on website - an international competition - writer of best novel from UK/Ireland also receives a free residential writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre
Commonword Diversity Writing For Children Prize England June October no min / max stated £10 £500
Notes on the Commonword Prize: Childrens, embracing ethnic diversity - enter the first 4,000 of a completed novel, but there is no max word count for the entire novel - winner will receive professional mentoring from Catherine Pellegrino & Associates - runners up will receive detailed feedback on their manuscript
Daily Mail Penguin Random House New Novelist Competition England April June no min / max stated FREE £20,000
Notes on the Daily Mail Competition: Any style or genre - entrants must reside the the UK or Ireland - winner receives a 20K advance and a publishing - submit first 5,000 words of book and 600 word synopsis - not sure if this is running in 2017, will update link when I find out
Exeter Novel Prize England January February no min / max stated £18 £500
Notes on Exeter Novel Competition: Any style or genre
First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest USA September October 600 $50 See notes
Notes on First Edition Competition: Children's, 0 to 5 years of age - winner's book will be edited, illustrated, published, promoted and distributed to 2,000 kids minimum via Southwest Human Development projects and sold through bookstores both online and offline - winner will receive royalties
Historic Novel Society New Novel Award England Varies Varies min 60,000 / max 150,000 $35 £2,000
Notes on the HNS Prize: Any style or genre, but must be historic fiction - entry fee is dollars, prize in pounds (not a typo!)
Inkitt's 'The Novelist' Writing Contest USA Varies Varies min 40,000 / max varies FREE See notes

Notes on Inkitt's Contest: Any style or genre except fan-fiction - Inkitt runs regular competitions, sometimes as frequently as every month - winner receives a publishing deal which includes editing, cover design, an online marketing team with an initial budget of $6000 to promote the novel and 50% royalties

Kelpies Prize Book Competition Scotland February August
40,000 to 70,000
FREE £2,000
Notes on the Kelpies Prize: Any style or genre, but aimed at children (8-12 yrs) and must be set in Scotland (in whole or in part) - winner announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival - (author Annemarie Allan won the competition in 2007 and has written about her experiences of winning and having her books published by Floris Books - read Annemarie's advice and a chapter of her winning book 'Hox' here )
L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Fest Competition USA March April see notes $35 $100
Notes on L.A. Neo Noir Novel Competition: Any style or genre - no word count limits, but page limits are: 4 to 30 pages for short stories, 31 to 90 for short script submissions and 91 to 200 pages for novel submissions - prize includes having story made into a short movie that will be shown at the L.A. Neo Noir Festival
Leapfrog Fiction Contest USA May June min 22,000 / no max stated $33 $1,150
Notes on Leapfrog Contest: Any style or genre - winner receives publication contract with advance
Legend Press Luke Bitmead Bursary England August ? min 50,000 / no max stated FREE £2,500
Notes on the Legend Press Bursary: Any style or genre - accepts entries between May and August only - UKs biggest prize for unpublished authors - winner receives a publishing contract with Legend Press
Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards Competition USA July January no min / max stated FREE $1,000
Notes on the Library Journal Awards: Genre categories are: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult - $1,250 awarded to the winner of each category
Literary Classics International Book Awards USA August November no min / max stated $95 See notes

Notes on the Literary Classics International Awards: Any style or genre - winners receive Seal of Approval & Award and a review of their book, press release, author spotlight on Literary Classics website and opportunity to attend book fairs with Literary Classics

Literary Classics Top Honors Annual Book Awards USA August November no min / max stated $40 See notes
Notes on the Literary Classics Awards: Any style or genre - variety of different categories - see notes for Literary Classics International Award above for prize details
McKitterick Prize England October ? no min / max stated FREE £4,000
Notes on the McKitterick Prize: Any style or genre - for authors aged over 40 on 31st December
Miami University Novella Prize USA October Spring 40,000 $25 $750
Notes on the Miami University Novella Prize: Any style or genre - winner receives $750 against royalties, a contract, publication, marketing and 10 copies of their book
Mslexia Women's Novel Competition England September ? no min / max stated £25 £5,000
Notes on the Mslexia Competition: Any style or genre except for children under 13 - women only - 3 winners offered professional feedback on their work - this is not an annual competition, it seems to run every two years so check website for current details
New Wrinkle Publishing Writers Contest USA November January 100,000 FREE See notes
Notes on New Wrinkle Contest: Any style or genre except erotica - winner’s novel will be illustrated, edited and published and the winner will receive royalties - an original book soundtrack will also be composed for the winner
Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition USA May September See notes See notes $7,500
Notes on Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Competition: Any style or genre - $40 fee covers manuscripts up to 100,000 words in length; $75 up to 175,000; $125 for over 175,000 words; $200 for over 225,000 words - they also run a non-fiction book prize with the same entry fees but prize is $2,000 AND a Novella prize for manuscripts up to 25,000 words in length with a $35 entry fee and top prize of $1,500 - winners might be published
Retreat West First Chapter Competition England Biannually Biannually 3,500 £15 See notes
Notes on Retreat West Competition: Any style / genre except children's - top prize is a review of your submission package and detailed feedback from a top literary agent - runner-up receives a review and detailed feedback from Amanda Saint
Rubery Book Award England March July no min / max stated £36 £1,500
Notes on the International Rubery Book Award: Any style or genre, including fiction and non-fiction - any book entered MUST be published, but this includes self-published novels - eBooks and printed books accepted for entry
Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards Scotland September January 3,500 word sample FREE £2,000

Notes on the Scottish Book Trust Awards: Any style or genre - there are 3 categories; 1: Fiction and non-fiction, 2: Poetry, 3: Children's and young adults - in addition to prize money, winner will receive mentoring, advice and a week long writing retreat - you must live and work in Scotland to enter this competition

Self-Publishing Review Awards USA March ? up to 100 pages $25 See notes
Notes on the Self-Publishing Review Awards: Any style or genre, no children's - 3 categories; Fiction, Non-fiction and Shorts - overall winner receives a Kindle of iPad - winners of 3 categories receive a book review and help with advertising through SPR website
Shelf Unbound Writing Competition USA October November no min / max stated $50 $500
Notes on the Shelf Unbound: Any style or genre - for independantly published books (any publication date) - winner receives editorial coverage in Shelf Unbound magazine - 5 finalists and more than 100 notable books will also feature in the magazine
SI Leeds Literary Prize England April (Biennial) October 30,000 min / no max stated £18 £2,000
Notes on the SI Leeds Literary Prize: Any style or genre - entrants must be Asian or Black and reside in the UK - in addition to the 2K cash prize, the winner receives a free place on an Arvon creative writing course - Peepal Tree Press offer runners-up one-to-one consultancy sessions
The Claymore Award, Presented by Killer Nashville USA April August 50 pages $40 See notes
Notes on The Claymore Award: Any style or subgenre of mystery or thriller - winner receive $525 worth of redeemable prizes plus possible publication, check website for current details - redeemable prizes for top 10 entries
The Impress Prize for New Writers England July September no min / max stated £15 See notes
Notes on the Impress Prize: Any style or genre - winner receives a publishing contract with Impress Books, who will publish their novel the following year
The Man Booker Prize England July ? no min / max stated FREE £50,000
Notes on the Man Booker Prize: Any style or genre - must be a book published in the UK, self published books are NOT accepted

The Somerset Maugham Awards

England November ? no min / max stated FREE see notes
Notes on the Somerset Maugham Awards: Any style or genre - for authors aged under 35 on 31st December - prizes fund totaling £1,000 which must be used for foreign travel

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

England October March 30,000 to 80,000 £15 £10,000
Notes on the Times / Chicken House Competition: Childrens, 7-18 years old - the 10K prize is a publishing advance and is part of a world wide publishing contract with Chicken House - submissions from authors only, NOT agents - entrants cannot have any children’s fiction book published anywhere in the world
Wells Festival of Literature Story For Children Competition England June October no min / max stated £5 £500
Notes on Wells Festival Competition: Any style or genre but must be suitable for 10-16 year old readers - first 3 chapters or 30 pages and synopsis required
Writeful Place 'Novel Beginnings' Competition France January February 3,000* £10 £250
Notes on Writeful Place Competition: Any style or genre except children's, romance or sci-fi - first 3,000 words plus synopsis - winner published on website with an author interview
Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards USA April ? no min / max stated $99 $8,000
Notes on the Writer's Digest Award: Any style or genre, including fiction and non-fiction, but there are lots of different categories to choose from to enter your work into (best to check the WD website for those) - a printed and bound book must be entered, so the overall production and appearance can be taken into account for judging - in addition to the cash prize, winners receive lots of exposure and book reviews (again, check the site for full details)
Writers' League of Texas Manuscript Contest USA January May no min / max stated $65 See notes
Notes on the Writers' League of Texas Contest: Any style or genre - multiple categories for fiction, non-fiction and children's - all entrants receive a written critique of their submission - winners of each category meet with a top literary agent for their chosen genre
Yeovil Prize Novel Competition England May September see notes £11 £1,000
Notes on the Yeovil Prize: Any style or genre - submit opening chapters up to a maximum of 15,000 words

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One-Off Book & Novel Competitions List

Book / Novel Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Word Count Entry Fee Top Prize
Stroud Book Festival Contemporary Fiction Competition England 21st October 2016 31st October 2016 See notes FREE £100
Notes on Stroud Book Festival Competition: Any style or genre - submit a 250 word synopsis and the first 1,500 words of your book - winners are invited to read their work at the Stroud Book Festival - MAY RUN AGAIN IN 2017, so have left this listing live

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A History of Closed Novel Competitions

Book / Novel Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Word Count Entry Fee Top Prize
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award USA January May 50,000 to 150,000 FREE $50,000
Notes on Amazon Novel Award: Any style / genre but in these 5 categories: 1, general fiction; 2, romance; 3, mystery/thriller; 4, science fiction/fantasy/horror; 5, young adult fiction - winner receives a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance - four other winners receive a publishing contract with a $15,000 advance - contest limited to 10,000 entries CLOSED 2015, replaced by Kindle Scout which is only open to US residents - more details on Amazon forum and CreateSpace forum
Australasian Association of Writing Programs 'Chapter One' Prize Australia July September 5,000 A$30 See notes
Notes on AAWP Prize: Any style or genre, but must be an AAWP member to enter - send in first chapter only - winner receives a written appraisal from a literary author & a recommendation for the University of Western Australia Publishing + A$500 & fees to attend and read at the annual conference of the AAWP - DOESN'T SEEM TO BE RUNNING ANYMORE, but they do still accept poems and short stories, so have left the link live
Authors.me Operation: Thriller USA 31st March 2016 9th May 2016 no min / max stated FREE $750
Notes on Authors.me Competition: Thriller - winner also receives a developmental edit by Reedsy (worth $1,500) and a book cover designed (worth $600) - generous 2nd and 3rd prizes too - CLOSED, was a one off
Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition England February July no min / max stated £20 £500

Notes on the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition:

CLOSED IN 2014

Any style or genre - you need to submit the first 3 chapters, OR a prologue and the first 2 chapters, accompanied by a synopsis and biography - you can enter partially completed books into this contest as winners get to work with an editor to complete thier novel - all entries must be previously unpublished

Chapter One Promotions Self-Published Book Award England February December no min / max stated £25 £500

Notes on the Chapter One Promotions Self-Published Book Award:

CLOSED IN 2014

Any style or genre, including fiction and non-fiction - winning books will be sold on the Chapter One Promotion website

Commonwealth Book Prize England December ? 60,000 minimum FREE £10,000

Notes on the Commonwealth Book Prize:

CLOSED IN 2013 :-(

Any style or genre - authors must live in a commonwealth country, there are 5 regions: 1, Africa; 2, Asia; 3, Canada and Europe; 4, Caribbean; 5, Pacific - overall winner receives 10K prize, regional winners receive £2,500 - entries must be a first published book - self-published novels are accepted

Crime & Publishment Crime Writing Competition UK December 2013 ? no min / max stated £4.95

See notes

Notes on Crime & Publishment Competition: Theme is crime - prize, worth £500, is to win a place at Crime and Publishment crime writing master-classes at The Mill Forge, Gretna Green, Scotland in March 2014 and have your novel synopsis assessed by a literary consultant - you are asked to submit 2,000 words of your novel - CLOSED
Fresh Books Online Novel / Novella Writing Competition England November December min 3,000 / no max FREE £400
Notes on Fresh Books Online Competition: Any style or genre - five prizes each made up of cash and perks - first prize made up of £250 cash plus £150 worth of perks (see website for full details) - each entrant gets £5 reading credits and there is a chance for all authors who enter to make some money - limited to first 100 entries - CLOSED
Great Stories With Heart - The Write Time Novella & Novel Competition UK June 2014 November 2014 See notes FREE

See notes

Notes on Great Stories With Heart Competition: Accepted genres are family saga, historical, medical, mystery and suspense, and romance (contemporary or historical) - entrants must be over 50 years old and resident in the UK - novellas of 20,000 to 50,000 words, noves of 50,000 to 100,000 words - winner offered publishing deal and book will be published on Amazon & Kobo -CLOSED, was a one off
Harry Bowling Prize England September ? first 5,000 words £10 £1,000
Notes on the Harry Bowling Prize: Any style or genre - winner's book critiqued by publishing industry experts - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016
Local Legend Spiritual Writing Competition England Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 75,000* FREE See notes
Notes on the Local Legend Competition: Mind, body, spirit genre - top prize is publication in paperback and worldwide distribution - 75,000 word limit is preferred, but not strict, so will consider longer works - runners up offered low cost publication - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016
Metamorphose Novella Contest USA March ? 20,000 min / 40,000 max FREE $50
Notes on the Metamorphose Contest: Sci-fi and fantasy - winner published in Metamorphose anthology - if over 500 copies sold, a royalty will be paid to contributors - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so listing removed in 2017
Next Novelist Competition USA August November

50,000 to 150,000

See notes $5,000
Notes on the Next Novelist Prize: Themed, so check website for current theme - submissions received before June 21st are free, after June there is $20 fee - winner receives $5,000 advance and publishing contract with Atlatl Publishing - CLOSED
The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Competition England 23rd May 2016 11th June 2016 no min / max stated £35 See notes
Notes on TLC Pen Factor Competition: Any style or genre - £35 entry includes ticket to TLC Writers' Day event - submit first 2,000 words of novel - 5 finalists pitch their book to panel of judges - top prize is £500 worth of printing services, full manuscript assessment (worth £600), professional development planning or funding bid advice session Spread the Word and membership to Bookmachine -CLOSED, was a one off
The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for
New Children’s Writing
England June October no min / max stated FREE See notes
Notes on the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize: Childrens aged 7 to 12 years - winner receives a publishing deal with Scholastic, reprisentation by LBA and a weekend for two in Venice - open to residents of the UK and Ireland only - HASN'T BEEN RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017
Writers' Village Foundation Award England Quarterly Quarterly 60,000 min / no max stated £14 £500
Notes on the Writers' Village Foundation: Any style or genre - Debut novelists can win £500 plus the chance of representation by international literary agency A.M. Heath - the top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge - CLOSED 2016

 

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Olusola O
Nice site, just want some clarification:

Does the country name in the column  mean it's exclusive to people who live there? And does "first published" really mean first published or does it allow for an entirely new book ready for first publishing?

Thanks.

Chris Fielden
Hi Olusola - most competitions are open to anyone anywhere. The country column just shows where the organisation who run the competition are based.

As for "first published" you will have to check each website as they all have different Terms & Conditions which stipulate their definition of the term. But I would take it to mean an author's first published book.

Denise F
Thank you, Chris, for a most useful reference tool.

Chris Fielden
Welcome Denise!

M.E.T
Looks like a really useful website, just one thing, it would be helpful if magazines were listed under genre, ie crime, fantasy, lit-fic etc. It would make browsing a lot easier.

Chris Fielden
Thanks, good suggestion! I'll consider revising when I have time :-)

Katie M
Awesome site! I was just wondering if you could also make a list of poetry competitions? I can't find many sites like that.

Chris Fielden
Hi Katie, I have considered doing that, and may well do so in the future when time allows. Admittedly, not being a poet myself has meant compiling a poetry resource has been last on my to do list, but I will get to it eventually :-) In the meantime, you could try the Poetry Library.

Bastian R
Very useful site. Thanks very much.

Vicki H
I've been using your site for the last  three weeks as I've found it the most useful and comprehensive  of any of them out there. Including some that you and others  have recommended. It's really easy to use and encouraging, bringing hope I'm sure to many aspiring authors. 

I've written one novel which needs editing and just finished my second. I've also written four short stories as well for the practise. Thanks to you I now subscribe to Scribble and various other magazines.

I had been totally overwhelmed and daunted by how to proceed with things once I'd got beyond writing them , but thanks to this website I'm finding my way through. 

So THANK YOU!!!

I have just one question today.  I' d love to get the  first 50 pages of my latest story analysed by the editing company you recommend and then trying some competitions, but I'm wary of copy right. Not  that anyone would  want  to steal  any of my ideas but  I would like to be careful and protect the concept. Do you know any other means of copywriting other then sending the stoties to yourself and leaving them unopened?

Thank you  so much for all your hard work with this site and good luck with your latest novels. From your short stories  and sense of humour as well as love of mullets you deserve it. 

Many thanks.

Chris Fielden
Hi Vicki, I wouldn't worry too much about copyright. Basically, as soon as you write anything, you own the copyright as the creator, unless you copy someone else's work. You can send it to yourself in the post as a precaution, but I'd suggest that isn't necessary. If you've written it on a computer, it's in a date stamped file. If you ask friends and family to proof read it (especially via email) that is further proof of when you wrote the work. If you use an editing service like JBWB, that's an email trail with further proof of writing. And when submitting to competitions and magazines, that's even more proof. I'm probably over egging the point here... :-)

In my experience, it's unlikely anyone will copy your work and pretend it's their own. The more you put yourself and your writing out there, the more protection you have should anyone do that. In my opinion you can spend too much time worrying about copyright, so it's best just to get on with it. But I'm no lawyer!

This link is useful, if you want to try and get your head around it a bit more. You could always try sending them an email with any copyright queries, as they're likely to know a lot more about it than me! Maybe you can register with them?

Hope that's useful. Best of luck with your writing :-)

Vicki H
Thank you ever so much for your ultra quick response. It is very reassuring to know and you’ve eased my fears   a lot. Right there’s no excuse now, I’ll get on proof reading to send stuff.

Actually thanks to you. I’ve sent a short story to JBWB as you recommended them on your site and have also taken advantage of their free critique service. It was amazingly helpful. But I did feel a bit  stupid for not seeing it myself :-)  I’m now  considering doing their mini writing course as well as I’m a complete novice.

So from cowering in the corner unsure how to proceed, thanks to your website and your  advice I’m actually doing something and making progress. One happy browser!!!

Thank you so much!!!

Chris Fielden
Great to hear Vicky, and I'm glad you found the critique useful. Sometimes it's hard for a writer to see the obvious errors in their work as they get too close to it. That certainly happens to me! Sounds like you're using the feedback wisely. I wish you every success in the future. Let me know when that first story is published :-)

Moizza S
I would like to know if there are any competitions taking place in the year 2014 for unpublished books. Thank you!

Chris Fielden
Moiza, I believe most of the competitions I list run each year, so check out the links above :-)

Simon M
Re the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews award, there is a min/max requirement: Entry format will be the first chapters of the novel, a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words in total, plus a synopsis of 300 words. If the novel is part-written, a minimum of 15,000 words must be available at the longlist stage and a minimum of 30,000 words must be available at the shortlist stage. The winner is chosen by one of the UK's top literary agents, so despite the hefty entry fee, it's worth a try if you are interested in novel writing.

Chris Fielden
Thanks for the info Simon :-) I'm leaving the no min / max info in the list as it is for now as that refers to the overall novel length

Jo
Thank you, I'm not very knowledgeable with the net and this has made finding writing competitions so easy.

Chris Fielden
Great, thanks Jo :-)

Penny A
Thank you very much, Christopher. Your no frills competition timetable is just what we need. Now I'll read everything else. Ciao, Pen

Chris Fielden
Thanks Penny :-)

Sunday A
I am a Nigerian, working in Nigeria as a lecturer in one of the nation's polytechnics. I have a manuscript of about 30,000 words and wish to enter it in a writing competition in the US, UK or any other country in Europe. Kindly help me with links.

Chris Fielden
Sunday, there are 2 pages on my website that will help here. One is the Short Story Competitions page, the other is the Short Story Magazines page.

If you look through those, you might find a suitable home for your work. 30,000 words can be difficult to place though. Most competitions have a much lower word limit, so you might struggle. Some magazines will consider stories of this length, and some might serialise the story. So you might have more luck with the magazines.

Anyway, best of luck getting your work published.

Alaa Ali M
I wish there was a chance for novels written in languages other than English. Arab Spring gave Egyptians a great chance to produce great novels but they are written in Arabic.

Chris Fielden
Alaa, I don't know of any novel competitions for books written in Arabic, but there are a few short story competitions listed on my website that accept entries written in English and Arabic.

Best of luck with your writing.

Rennie D
Great site! What a wonderful resource for us aspiring hopefuls to have. It fulfills a real need (that of making our life easier), so I'd just like to thank you for putting it together. Long may it run.

Chris Fielden
Thanks Rennie!

Madeleine P
What a great resource! Thank you!

Chris Fielden
Thanks Madeleine!

K G
Thanks very kindly for this list! Am trying to promote this silly book I wrote and have been having some difficulty. This list will help. Best regards.

Chris Fielden
Welcome KG!

Holly H
Christopher, I'm interested in entering the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition in 2015, but can only find dates regarding 2014's contest.Do you know of any 2015 dates or if they plan to have a competition this year?

Also, I'd be interested in advice blogging on your site for writers who are trying to become published; I have extensive writing experience, including published stories (both fiction and nonfiction). I can provide you with a publication list upon request.

Thank you for your time!

Chris Fielden
Holly, I believe Amazon run the competition every year – they certainly have for the past few years. They usually open for submissions in February, so I suspect there will be more information on their site in the New Year.

I don’t usually accept blog posts from other writers on my site. However, I might consider doing so if you can offer advice directly regarding your fiction publishing experience, either through a writing competition or magazine, preferably one that is still open to submissions and listed (or that I can list) on my website. It would also be best for me if the published work has not been published online before, just in print (this stops content duplication issues that Google dislikes).

You can see the format I’d require here.

I’d also need a mug-shot and bio about yourself to accompany the post, detailing your publishing history and reasons why you are experienced enough to be offering advice of this nature. 200 words max on that.

Unfortunately I can’t offer any payment. You would simply have to make do with the fame and glory my website offers :-)

Let me know if that would be of interest to you.

Myles P
So I have a story I'm almost done with. What is it that I have to do to qualify and submit?

Chris Fielden
Myles, you will have to visit each website and review their submission criteria. Then you can see if your work is suitable.

Rex B
Thanks very much Chris for taking the time to create these extremely useful lists.

Cheers, Rex

Chris Fielden
Welcome Rex, glad you find them useful :)

Mark M
Great list! Just wanted to mention that items 20 and 21 both have notes labeled, "Notes on the Scottish Book Trust Awards", probably left over from copying-and-pasting notes for the above entry on the Scottish Book Trust Award.

Chris Fielden
Oops, thanks for letting me know, Mark! Have fixed it :-)

Dede
Thank you for putting this list together. Awesome!!

Chris Fielden
Welcome Dede, glad you found it useful :-)

Mohammed F
Thanks for the amazing and helpful list.

Chris Fielden
Welcome, Mohammed, glad you found it useful :)

Rose S
Can kids do these competitions? My daughter who is 11 years old really wants to enter her story, in the USA. Think I found 2 but not sure if she can enter, also these entry fees are killing me! :)

Chris Fielden
Rose, every competition is different, so you'll have to read their submission criteria, but I believe some of them accept entries from young writers.

I list quite a few opportunities for children on the short story competitions page on my website, so you could check that out. Some of them are cheaper or free to enter, so that might save you some money :)

I hope that's helpful.

John C
The Amazon competition for 2015 has apparently not started....what you have on your page pertains to 2014....do you have any information about the 2015 competition?

Chris Fielden
John, so far as I know, Amazon haven't announced the details of the 2015 contest yet (today being 17th Jan 2015). If I rightly remember it was announced a bit later than expected last year.

There is a bit more info on the Amazon forum.

Y Kumar
This is a most useful list. Would you know which competitions will take novels written in Hindi language?

Chris Fielden
Kumar, I'm afraid I don't - you'll have to check the submission guidelines of each competition to see which languages they will accept.

Best of luck with your submissions :-)

Tony C
Amazon have just announced that they will no longer host the breakthrough novel competition, only days before the usual opening date. The announcement is hard to find; look at the breakthrough forums.

Tony aka furious novelist

Chris Fielden
That’s a shame! Thanks for letting me know, Tony.

I’ll update the site accordingly :-)

Susan L
Enormous thank you. I am a new author with a book launching this March (UNLOCKED: A Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism, Skyhorse Press, March 2015) and your site helped enormously to navigate among all of the many book awards which my publicist and others tell me are a must for new authors! Warm wishes and thanks again.

Chris Fielden
Thanks Susan, I' glad you found the site useful.

Best of luck with the launch of your book :-)

Victoria O
Chris, having recently come upon on the Historical Novel Society’s 2015 New Novel Award, I wondered if you might want to flag it up on your brilliant competitions site. I am not, I hasten to say, involved in its organisation, although I may well enter.

Chris Fielden
Thanks for letting me know Victoria. I’ve added the competition to the lists :-)

Shannon L
I live in the United States. Could I still enter a UK Competition?

Chris Fielden
Shannon, many UK competitions do accept entries from anywhere in the world, but you'd have to read each competition's submission criteria to see which do and which don't.

I hope that's helpful.

Fiona T
Are all the competitions verified as authentic? There are so many scammers out there taking advantage of authors and on reading some of the judging processes I couldn't help but be a little sceptical.

Has anyone entered any of these?

Chris Fielden
Hi Fiona. So far as I know, all the competitions are legitimate.

If you feel sceptical, the best bet is to research what other people are saying about the competitions; are there press releases about previous winners, is there a book you can buy - that kind of thing. The ones with the most exposure tend to attract more entries and are therefore harder to win, but if you have concerns that is the best way to decide if any of the competitions are suitable for you.

I hope that's helpful - best of luck with your writing!

Fiona T
Thanks Christopher, I appreciate your time and reply. I am working my way through options now.

Brian C
A useful resource. Many thanks.

Caroline T
Just a quick note to say I'd change England to UK as these competitions will be open to at least all residents of the UK (Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales).

Chris Fielden
Caroline, thanks for the suggestion.

The reason I separate out England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on all the competition lists on this site is because many writers like to know exactly where the competition is run from - they use this as part of their market research when deciding which publications to target.

So for now, I'll be leaving the format as it is.

But thank you - all feedback is most welcome and considered carefully :-)

Kat A
The Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award has been discontinued in favour of the kindle scout program which is, unfortunately, exclusive for those living in the U.S. .

Chris Fielden
Thanks Kat, have updated details accordingly :-)

Everlyne B
Good morning. I wish to inquire if the competitions only apply to residents of the said countries or are open to everyone.

Thanks in advance.

Chris Fielden
Hi Everlyne, most of the competitions are open to anyone residing anywhere in the world, but a few do have geographical restrictions. It's best to check the submission guidelines for each competition on their websites.

Michelle H
Chris, as you seem to truly understand, writing can be a thankless art but for those of us blessed (or cursed) with writer's passion we must do it, with or without recognition.  Your site brings us advocacy and support and I thank you.  I hope you continue.

Chris Fielden
Thanks Michelle - I have no plans of stopping, so the site will continue to grow. I have plans to add more free resources next year :-)

Anthony D
Hello. Thank you for all of the useful details and information on your site. I really do not know where to begin though and would love some advice.

I have always wanted to write a children's book (12 - 18yrs) and have finally started. It is going very well and I am really enjoying it, especially with the input from my 2 young daughters. I aim to have 12 chapters in the book and have written 4 chapters so far, with many ideas and plans for the remaining ones. Each chapter is about 2,000 words, but I have not been right back through them yet so this could increase. How would you recommend I proceed and can I enter more than one competition.

Look forward to your advice.

Chris Fielden
Hi Anthony, I'd recommend that you finish the book (including getting it proofread and editing it) and then enter competitions. That way, your writing will be at its best, which gives the story a better chance of success. The young adult and children's market is incredibly competitive, so it's important to put your best work forward.

Each competition will have different rules / T&Cs regarding simultaneous submissions, so I'd just review them and then decide which competitions you want to enter and an order of priority.

I hope that's helpful. Best of luck with your book :-)

Anthony D
Thank you so much Chris for your advice. I will continue writing and complete the book. Do you have any advice on proof reading?

Chris Fielden
Hi Anthony. I offer a proofreading service for shorter stories.

Your story is likely to end up too long for my area of expertise, though, so here’s an alternative. I’ve used JBWB in the past and I found their services very helpful.

If you don’t have the money to invest in paid services, there are groups on Facebook etc. that will offer a critique, but you don’t really know if those undertaking the critiquing are qualified or have the right experience to give you the best advice – just something to be wary of. There is also Wattpad, which I have been told is good, although I haven’t had time to use it much myself as of yet.

PD L
Hello Chris. Great list of book and novel writing competitions. Thank you for preparing it.

The Commonword Diversity Writing (no 9 in your list) is not free though. The submission rules state that £10 will be requested by emailed when a submission is received.

Chris Fielden
Thanks for letting me know, PD. I’ve updated the listing accordingly.

Marlene P
Very informative Chris. Thank you.

Chris Fielden
Welcome, Marlene. Glad you found the lists useful.

Kit G
I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading what you have written. Thought and patience has gone into it and for that, WE THE PUBLIC THANK YOU, Chris. Being an aspiring author myself, I find it daunting when I go into sites and they talk in a way that is terrifying to the person who is already unsure of their work. Thank you for taking a lot of the pressure off. Love the comment section, (sounds tripe) but it makes you more human, and instead of reading one or two I read till the end and found it insightful and helpful. High five sir. This is one website I shall return to again and again. Thanks.

Chris Fielden
Thank you for the kind words, Kit - very much appreciated :-)

Di W
Hey Chris, thanks for a great website. I just noticed that you have the Exeter novel comp closing in October and they've recently changed it to January.

Thanks again.

Chris Fielden
Thanks for letting me know, Di - much appreciated :-)

I've updated the listing accordingly. Their entry fee has crept up, so have changed that too.

Gifford M
I was just reviewing your contest list - great job, and thanks for putting so much info together in one place.

I just wanted to let you know the link for the Next Novelist Contest says the domain is unavailable. I haven't been able to find a good link for their site.

Thanks again for your wonderful list of competitions!

Chris Fielden
Thanks for letting me know, Gifford – much appreciated.

I’ve retired the Next Novelist listing.

Glad to hear you find the list useful :-)

Auriel R
The summer before last, a peculiar notion burst into my mind - what if a man in his sixties suddenly finds himself victim to his first ever crush? Spare me, some may think, but I embraced the comic potential. I wasn't a writer, but stuck in a sweltering attic flat in the South of Germany in the middle of a heatwave, I filled the bath with cold water, sat in it and wrote my first short story. I have to say, I rather enjoyed myself. A couple of days later, pleased with the outcome, I thought I'd look for 'home' for my precious little bundle, a literary agent phrase I was soon to become familiar with.

Christopher Fielden's site popped up first on Google - his explanations led me to exactly the right competition for my story and it was closing in a week. I entered my story and two months later it was shortlisted, then I was invited to read from it at the awards ceremony. So sure was I that my story was perfection itself, I was ready and waiting to stand up and make my way to the podium when the winner - not me - was announced.

This small setback didn't rattle my confidence too much, however. Just the fact that my story had been shortlisted and then published in an anthology showed me that I wasn't alone in enjoying my prose. Undaunted, I spun my story into a full blown chronicle, 'Blindefellows Chronicle', about the vicissitudes of a forty year friendship between a timid younger man and an older, worldly-wise lothario. I wrote it in the evenings after work, whilst living on perhaps the dullest university campus ever, and it added laugh-out-loud colour to my life. Six months later, there it was, two-hundred and fifty pages of the book I'd always wanted to read, a witty comedy seamed with delicate stitches of poignancy. This novel is now on the verge of publication. Thanks, Chris, for being something of a catalyst.

Chris Fielden
What a great story - thanks for sharing Auriel. It’s so nice to hear success stories, especially when my site has played a small part in an author’s journey. Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck with publishing your book :-)