How to Enter

Submissions to the 2023 New Voices Award will open on January 1st 2024 and will close on April 30th 2024, at 23.59pm GMT.


  • Read the Terms & Conditions to ensure you qualify for the Award
  • Submit your first three chapters (not exceeding 10,000 words) plus a full plot outline detailing where you imagine the story will go (not exceeding 1,000 words), in double-spaced, font size 12
  • Please do not submit the first three chapters of a manuscript you have already written. This award is designed to support you in developing a fledgling idea into a manuscript, reflecting on aspects such as structure, story arc and character development as you write
  • There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee of £20 per submission, which is available until February 16th, 2024, 11.59pm GMT. After this date, the entry fee will be £30 per submission
  • We are keen to encourage writers of all backgrounds and, as such, are offering fee waivers for authors who cannot make the financial commitments of entry. Each waiver will be allocated on a case-by-case basis. We do not ask for financial evidence, but instead ask you to explain why you are requesting it. Please email your request to
  • Entry closes on April 30th, 2024, 11.59pm GMT

Unfortunately, we cannot offer feedback to unsuccessful entrants.