First Novel Prize 2019 

A literary contest open to unpublished and independently published novelists

First Novel Prize 2019 is now Closed for Entries and the judging process is under way

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Shortlist

First Prize: £1000

Second Prize: £500

Third Prize: £100

Entries Closed on 31 May 2019

Winners will be announced on 13 September 2019 

Have you written a novel that is self-published or is yet to be published? Then this is the competition for you.

In its fourth consecutive year, the First Novel Prize aims to discover a powerful new voice in fiction writing, across the English language world.

The First Novel Prize is open for entries, with a First, Second and Third Prize  up for grabs. If your novel is over 50,000 words and of an adult genre, then we would love to read it. You can submit your entry here:

Entries are now Closed and will reopen in February 2020

The straight-forward entry process is as follows:

1) Upload your manuscript onto our website, making sure that your details are on the title page of your manuscript, followed by the synopsis and the novel within the same document.

2) Pay the £25 competition entry fee via PayPal by clicking ‘Make Payment and Submit’. After making the payment, please wait to be automatically redirected  to our website. Only if your browser does not automatically redirect you back to our website, you can click the link ‘Return to Merchant’ and you will be redirected to a page on our website confirming your successful submission.

3) You will receive an automatic confirmation email from us and a receipt for your payment. We will now be in possession of your submission. Once checked, it will be forwarded on to the judges. If we need anything else, we will be in touch. Read full Terms and Conditions.

If you wish to enter by post, please send your manuscript or self-published volume to First Novel Prize, C/O Daniel Goldsmith Associates Ltd, Gridiron Building,  One Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG including a synopsis and a cheque written to Daniel Goldsmith Associates Ltd for the £25 entry fee. Please do not send disks or USB sticks.

Good luck!