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 their photos of fairies fool the world, two girls are trapped in a lie which spins out of all control.

GHOST BOY (Literary)

Suzy’s family is already unravelling when her autistic son starts seeing ghosts.

SACRIFICE  (Young adult)

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


When newly retired George’s late wife’s last wish sends him to New Zealand he must learn how to be a father figure late in life.


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

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.