How to Enter

Open for submissions: 7th January - 1st March 2019

The submission portal will go live on 7th January 2019 and close at midnight on 1st March 2019. We recommend sending your entries early. 

Published shortlist announced: 15th May 2019

Unpublished shortlist announced: 29th May 2019

Winners announced: 12th September 2019

Criteria for Published Work

Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:

  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English. 
  2. The work in question must have been published by a recognised trade publisher.
  3. Entrants may submit multiple works by the same author so long as they are published between 1st May 2018 - 30th April 2019. Proof copies are accepted.
  4. Entries must be submitted digitally, as a .pdf file. We are also able to accept .epub and .mobi files.


If your submission is shortlisted:

  • we will supply roundel artwork to the publisher and request that all paperback editions or reprints of the title feature this artwork.The shortlisting must be acknowledged in all online sales copy.

We reserve the right: 

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  • to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. 
  • to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard.

We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.


Criteria for Unpublished Work

Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:

  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  2. You may enter multiple works but each manuscript must be submitted separately and will be considered a separate entry.
  3. Submissions must exceed 50,000 words in length.
  4. The author must not already have a novel published by a recognised trade publisher.
  5. Self-published books are eligible. 
  6. The author must not be represented by a literary agent.
  7. If you enter your manuscript in other competitions and you win, please notify us. If we believe there is a conflict of interest, we may ask you to withdraw your submission.
  8. Entries must be submitted digitally, ideally as a .pdf file although we can accept either a .doc, .docx if necessary. There must be no reference to the author's name of personal details in the manuscript. We operate a blind judging process.


We reserve the right: 

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  • to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control.
  • to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard.

We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.