First Novel Prize 2018 

A literary contest open to previously unpublished and independently published novelists

Entries are now closed and the judging process is under way.

The First Novel Prize is now closed for entries and will reopen in February 2019. Thank you to all the writers who entered the Prize this year. We received a record number of entries and the judges are looking forward to announcing the shortlist on the 15th of June 2018. The winners will be announced on the 31st of July 2018. We will only be in touch if you are one of the winners.

First Prize: £1000

Second Prize: £250

Third Prize: £100

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

In its third 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

The entry process is as follows:

1) Pay the £25 competition entry fee. (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, please make sure you click the link ‘Return to Daniel Goldsmith Associates’ and you will be redirected to a page where you can upload your entry.)

2) 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.

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 to First Novel Prize, C/O Daniel Goldsmith Associates Ltd, Gridiron Building,  One Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG including a covering letter, the synopsis and a cheque written to Daniel Goldsmith Associates Ltd for the £25 entry fee.

Good luck!