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 is an international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. Previous recipients include Lucy Van Smit for The Hurting (Chicken House Sept 2018) and Struan Murray for Orphans of the Tide (Puffin 2020).


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Eligibility: unpublished and independently published writers worldwide

Shortlist prize: manuscript feedback from the Junior Judges and literary agent introductions


Longlist prize: the writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive an online place worth £1,800 on Edit Your Novel the Professional Way  sponsored by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

Entry fee: £25 with sponsored places available for writers on low income.

Full entry terms and conditions here