The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished writers from across the world. First prize is £2,000. The winner and shortlisted writers will get introductions to literary agents. Opportunities like that don’t happen every day.
It’s open to novels of every genre, for adult or young adult (13+) readers.
Those who make it onto the shortlist or go on to win the Bath Novel Award have landed some cracking deals, like 2016 runner up, Laura Marshall. From the Bath Novel Award website:
2016 Runner up LAURA MARSHALL accepted representation with Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency shortly after our longlist was announced. In July 2016, Laura accepted offered a six figure pre-empt from Sphere (Little, Brown) for her psychological thriller FRIEND REQUEST. Lucy Malagoni, editorial director for Sphere Fiction said: “Friend Request is one of the most outstanding, compelling and emotionally resonant psychological thrillers I’ve read.”
The award also has a pretty good track record when it comes to helping unsigned authors get representation. According to their website:
As of March 2017 85% of winning & shortlisted writers have accepted offers of representation. 50% of these have gone on to sign traditional publishing deals
How do you enter? You’ll need to submit an extract of up to the first 5,000 words and a 1 page synopsis.
Entries close 24 April 2017. There is a £25 entry fee.
Want to find out more? Head to the Bath Novel Award website to find out about all the eligibility requirements and how to enter.