Announcing The Bath Novel Award 2019 Longlist

Thank you to everyone who took part in The Bath Novel Award 2019. A record 1,343 novel extracts were submitted between 5th December 2018 and 2nd June 2019 and we were delighted by the standard. 

2019’s longlist includes writers from Australia, England, Ireland, Qatar, Scotland and the USA. Six writers are returning listees: three with revised drafts and three with new manuscripts. 

As our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the writers’ identities under wraps until September 19th when 2019 judge, Hellie Ogden of Janklow & Nesbit announces the winning novel at a ceremony here in Bath. We will also then reveal which longlistee has won a place, worth £1,800, on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy’s online course Edit Your Novel the Professional Way.

In the meantime, many congratulations to the writers of these 26 standout titles:

Alice and Iris
Apples in the Dark
Behind You They're Watching
Bridging the Gap
Darling
Fugue
Ghost Boy
How to Bury the Living
I am Winter
Lock Down
Sacrifice
Some Like it Cold
The Accomplice
The Bones Beneath Her
The Dream World
The Eternals
The Girl with All the Cards
The Knocks
The Last Field
The Sins
The Snow was Porcelain and the Rain was Glass
The Trauma Pool
To Live with What You Are
Too Soon
We Bring Them with Us
Words to Shape my Name

Collage of covers of novels published since listing for the Bath Novel Awards

NOW OPEN: The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019 is an international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. 

Prize: £2,500 | Deadline: 17 November 2019

2019 Judge: Lauren Gardner, literary agent for children’s authors at Bell Lomax Moreton will pick the winning novel from a shortlist chosen by our team of Junior Judges aged from 7 to 17 years. Lauren shares her submission tips here

Submissions: first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis. Novels may be in any genre with no minimum or maximum word count

Eligibility: unpublished and independently published writers worldwide

Full terms and conditions here