Tuesday 26 August 2014

The Bath Novel Award for Aspiring & Self Published Writers - Deadline March 31st 2015 #seanocarolan.com #writing #writingcompetitions #writingcontests

Welcome to the Bath Novel Award, an international prize for aspiring and self-published writers

We are now OPEN for submissions and looking for the next winner of the £1,000 Bath Novel Award

Mildred Yuan of United Agents is judging our 2015 competition. Mildred is looking for “a great story, unique talent or a fresh perspective that will appeal to a broad audience”

Submissions may be in any genre and should include your first five thousand words plus a one page synopsis and cover sheet

Please see our RULES page for full submission and entry details

Juliet Mushens with new client and 2014 Winner, Joanna Barnard

NEWS: The Bath Novel Award 2014 was won by debut writer Joanna Barnard for her novelDifferent. 2014 judge, Literary Agent Juliet Mushens read Joanna’s manuscript in four hours flat at her desk and said she immediately knew she’d found not only a winner, but also a writer she wanted to represent.

Juliet said: “Different is both page-turning and thought-provoking. It’s an exploration of sexuality, the fallibility of memory, and the lies we tell ourselves. An incredibly compelling read”

Joanna won £1,000 plus our trophy designed by paper artist Jessica Palmer

Read the opening of 2014’s winning novel: Different by Joanna Barnard Chapter One


Novels can be in any genre for adult or young adult (13+) readers
Novels should be a minimum of 50,000 words
Entrants should not have had a novel accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. Self-published novels are eligible
Submissions should include (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel plus a one pagesynopsis and separate cover page
Your novel extract should be double-spaced (apart from the synopsis which should be single-spaced) in a size 12 font and include the title. Do not include your name anywhere on the extract
On your cover page, state your name, address, telephone number, email address, novel title, genre, submission word count, method of payment plus where you heard about us
Hard copy submissions should be typed on single-sided A4 paper. If you require an acknowledgement, please enclose a SAE
The closing date for receipt of entries is March 31st 2015
The entrance fee is £20 per novel
Longlisted entrants will be contacted during April 2015 and asked to submit their fullmanuscript for the final judging stages
Shortlisted entrants will be contacted in June 2014 and listed on our site. The winner ofThe Bath Novel Award 2015 will be announced in July 2015
Novels must be your original work and in English
Entrants must be 16 years or over
Submissions cannot be altered after entry
Entries are open to any nationality and country, although we are not able to accept foreign currency cheques or overseas bank transfers
The winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes
Entrants retain full copyright of their submissions, however by entering, all entrants give The Bath Novel Award permission to post the first chapter (or 3,000 words) of any shortlisted entries on our site
Entrants employed by The Bath Novel Award or represented by United Agents are not eligible
Entries that do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified
Enter The Bath Novel Award 2015

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