Deadline: 14th September 2021

The Perfect Deadline!

New Voices First Novel Competition is designed to encourage and support writers who are just starting out. We are offering a start-up package to the most promising synopsis and first page.

Winning prize: A Start-Up mentoring package worth up to £750.00*

*A mini-masterclass covering everything you need to know about writing a novel. It includes a manuscript appraisal, guidelines, a development strategy, a consultation and an agreed deadline for a year later.

More information about entry requirements and how to apply here.

Previous Feedback 

“I loved the competition. Hitting the deadline gave me something to aim for. Actually winning was a massive boost. The prize gave me the confidence to continue writing (and still does to this day), because it showed me strengths and weaknesses. I am much more aware now of how to keep the story ticking over.”

Gibril Kerefah

2020. Last year’s winner was Kathryn Ensall with The Body Con, her coming of age novel set in the Pennines. In 2019, the winner was Gibril Kerefah with his West African inspired fantasy ‘PurpleBlack.’ In 2018, the winner was Tim Cooke, with his literary novel ‘The Town’. 2017. Our very first winner was Jacqui Seddon, with her YA novel ‘Worthless Little Punks.’  

An excellent opportunity to kick start your novel and gain some valuable input and support.



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