Announcing The Bath Novel Award 2019 Shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for The Bath Novel Award 2019, a £2,500 international prize for emerging novelists.

1,343 novels were submitted between December 2018 and June 2019, with a 26 strong longlist announced on June 21st in what has proved to be an exceptionally strong year for manuscripts about family, integrity and love.

As our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping shortlistees’ identities under wraps until the winner is announced on September 19th. In the meantime, many congratulations to the writers of these five standout novels:

ALICE & IRIS (Historical)

When two girls’ fairy photos fool Sir Arthur Conan Doyle they find themselves trapped a childhood lie which spins out of all control.

GHOST BOY (Literary)

Suzy’s family is already unravelling when her twelve-year old autistic son starts seeing ghosts.


Widower George must travel to New Zealand to fulfil his late wife’s surprising last wish where he discovers moving on is not disloyalty, it is life.


When a restorative justice scheme offers offenders accelerated release, Bristol probation officer Wren is compelled to uncover the truth about a missing girl.

SACRIFICE  (Young adult)

Brothers’ lives collide when a young Cornish soldier is killed while on leave from Afghanistan.

2019 Judge Hellie Ogden of Janklow and Nesbit Literary Agency will announce the winner of The Bath Novel Award 2019 at a reception at Bath’s Museum of Architecture on September 19th.

IuxouSm3_400x400One longlisted writer will also win a place worth £1,800 on Edit your Novel the Professional Way from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.


A paper cut of the Roman goddess of wisdom Minerva with the words Bath Children's Novel Award

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019 invites submissions from unpublished and independently published novelists writing for children or young adults.

2019 judge: Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agency will pick the winning novel from a shortlist chosen by a team of Junior Judges aged from 7 to 17.

£2,500 prize, entries close 17th November 2019, full competition details here