Welcome to our list of book, novel and novella writing competitions. Updated at the beginning of every year, it includes some of the key competitions which we anticipate launching for the first time or running again during the coming months.

We hope it will help you plan ahead for the book, novel and novella competitions you’d like to enter this year. They’re ordered by the month in which they’re due to close to assist with your scheduling.

All the competitions listed should be open to writers based in the UK and most are open internationally too. 

Please note that, as some of these competitions won’t have opened yet for the year, full information for each one may not be online yet and some may change. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the year as details are announced by the competition organisers. 

In addition, every month, we publish fuller details of each key competition that has a deadline over the coming weeks, including information about the prizes on offer, entry requirements, eligibility, entry fees (some are free) and the final submission dates.  You’ll find the latest one here.

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January

  • DISQUIET Literary Prize – Fiction – Details here.
  • Retreat West First Chapter Competition – Details here.
  • Stratford Literary Festival and Salariya Picture Book Prize – Details here.
  • The Nine Dots Prize – Details here.

February

  • Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award – Details here.
  • IndieReader Discovery Awards – Details here.
  • Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize – Details here.
  • New Welsh Writing Awards Novella Category – Details here.
  • The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition – Details here.

March 

  • Rubery Book Award – Details here
  • Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – Details here.

April 

  • Adventure Writer’s Competition – Details here
  • Claymore Award – Details here
  • Galley Beggar Press submission window for women writers – Details here.

May 

  • Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel – Details here.
  • First Novel Prize – Details here
  • Miami Book Fair de Groot Prize for the Novella – Details here.
  • William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition – Details here.
  • Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards – Details here
  • Wundor Short Fiction Contest (Novellas) – Details here
  • Yeovil Literary Prize – Details here

June

  • Bath Novel Award – Details here
  • Berlin Writing Prize – Details here.
  • Bluepencil Agency First Novel Award – Details here.
  • Impress Prize – Details here
  • North Street Book Prize – Details here.
  • Silver Falchion Award – Details here
  • The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award – Details here.

July

  • William Faulkner Literary Competition – Details here

August

  • Literary Classics International Book Awards – Details here
  • The BookLife Prize – Details here
  • The Kindle Storyteller Award – Details here.
  • Uno Press Publishing Lab Prize – Details here.

September

  • Adventures in Fiction New Voices Competition – Details here.
  • Grindstone International Novel Prize – Details here.
  • Mslexia Women’s Novel/Novella Competition – Details here
  • Self Publishing Review Awards – Details here

October

  • Eyelands Book Awards – Novels and Novellas – Details here
  • Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition – Details here
  • Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest – Details here.
  • The Society of Authors McKitterick Prize – Details here.
  • Virginia Prize for Fiction – Details here

November

  • Book Pipeline Book Fiction and Non-Fiction Contests – Details here.
  • Caledonia Novel Award – Details here
  • Cinnamon Press Literature Award – Details here.
  • FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest – Details here
  • Galley Beggar Press submission window for writers of colour – Details here.
  • The Society of Authors Somerset Maugham Awards – Details here

December

  • Bath Children’s Novel Award – Details here.
  • Peirene Stevns Translation Prize – Details here
  • The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize and Awards – Details here.

If you know of any other great competitions for book, novel or novella writers coming up this year, please get in touch with us here and we’ll consider adding them to this list, promoting them on one of our monthly lists and/or on social media.