New Voices Competition is designed to encourage new writers starting out. Now in its second year, the standard was extremely high. There were so many promising ideas, themes, characters and scenarios this year that it was almost impossible to make a choice. However, the winning entry really stood out for a number of reasons.

We are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s competition is Tim Cooke with The Town.

Other particularly strong contenders were: Maire Malone The Dream Circle. Miles Woolcock Sanctuary. Stephanie Hutton Agency. Amy Pepper Museum Awakening. Sophie Haydock The Flames.

Thank you to everyone who applied. We appreciated all the passion and energy of all the submissions.

New Voices 2019 deadline: 14th September 2019

New Voices: further information.


Our very first winner in 2017 was Jacqui Seddon, with her YA novel Worthless Little Punks. She was mentored by the award-winning writer Patrice Lawrence.


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