The Bath Novel Award 2024 is a prize for emerging authors of any nationality or residency
For the purposes of the competition emerging authors are defined as unagented writers who are yet to accept an offer of publication for a novel (for any age of readers including novels for children), chapter book or picture book which includes an advance / pre-publication payment from the publisher
Entries may be submitted from December 1st 2023 until 23:59 (BST) on May 31st 2024
Novels should be for adult or young adult readers and may be in any genre
Novels must be your original work and submitted in English
Novels can be unpublished, self-published or independently published
Submissions should be a single document which includes (up to) the first 5,000 words of a novel of at least 50,000 words followed by a one page synopsis. Extracts should be 1.5 or double-spaced in a 12pt font with your synopsis single spaced in a 12pt font
Entries should be your text only without any photographs, maps or artwork
As entries are read blind, your name should not appear anywhere in your extract/synopsis document
Manuscripts must be entered online and we accept Word docs, docx and pdf files
The entrance fee is £29.99 per novel and you may enter as many novels as you wish
Sponsored places are available for writers on low incomes, more detailshere
The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2024 will be announced in September 2024 and awarded £5,000 GBP. In the event of a joint win, the prize money will be shared equally between winners.
The longlist will be announced at www.bathnovelaward.co.uk in June 2024 with longlisted writers invited to submit their full manuscript for the final judging stages
The writer of the most promising longlisted novel, as judged by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy in September 2024 will receive a free place on the 18 week online course Edit Your Novel the Professional Way. The value of this prize is £1,800. The course is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative to this prize.
Shortlisted novels will be announced in July 2024
Shortlistees will win a compilation of award readers’ feedback on their full manuscript
All listees will win a paragraph of feedback from an editorial director at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy on their initial opening pages. This feedback will be provided after the winning novel has been announced.
Entries which do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified
Submissions may not be altered after entry
Entrants retain full copyright, however by entering, all shortlisted entrants give permission for us to post an extract of up to 5,000 words on our site
By entering the winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes
Employees of the Bath Novel Award, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, Professional Writing Academy and the judge’s literary agency are not eligible
The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision