About the Prize

Judged by a leading literary agent and a senior editor, featuring three winning places and a generous shortlist of ten entries, the First Novel Prize is an annual opportunity for writers to expose their work as well as win one of the three attractive prizes: £1,000 for the First Winner, £250 for the Second Winner and £100 for the Third Winner.

If your manuscript is in English, unpublished or self-published, of any adult genre and over 50,000 words, you are welcome to enter it in our competition. Please note that non-fiction, young adult fiction and children’s fiction will not qualify for entry. Children’s writers can enter their works of children’s fiction in the Leo Minor Prize, launching in Spring 2022 and open to unpublished or independently published writers of middle-grade fiction and picture books.

Please check full Terms and Conditions before entering.

The three winners will be contacted at the end of August 2022 via telephone or email.

The organisers will not send notifications of the winners’ names to all entrants, however these will be made public on our website and on social media channels.