Spotlight First Novel Competition is our way of celebrating and encouraging new writers. Every year we profile the winner and offer them transitional support.

The competition also has a well documented knack of highlighting the writers of the future. So far, no less than seven of our shortlisted writers have gone on to mainstream success.

Previous shortlisted writers now published (or about to be) include:

2018 Sophie Haydock

2016 Michelle Kenney

2016 Felicia Yap

2015 Annabel Abbs

2014 Mary Paulson Eliis

2013 Jessie Kidd

2012 Zoe Gilbert

Further information about the competition.

Next deadline: 14th February 2019.

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