The Bath Novel Award 2022 is a prize for emerging novelists of any nationality or residency
Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult readers
Novels must be your original work and submitted in English
Novels can be unpublished, self-published or independently published
For the purposes of the competition, we define ‘self-published or independently published’ as published without an advance payment.
Writers who have accepted an offer of publication with advance for the submitted novel or any other novel are not eligible
Entrants may be agented or unagented, but should not be represented by either the judging agent or any agent within the judging agent’s agency
The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2022 will be announced in September 2022 and awarded £3,000. In the event of a joint win, the prize money will be shared equally between winners.
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
The longlist will be announced at www.bathnovelaward.co.uk in June 2022 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 2022 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 2022
Entries are open from December 1st 2021 until 23:59 (BST) on May 31st 2022
As entries are read blind, your name should not appear anywhere in your extract/synopsis document
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 followed by a one page synopsis single spaced in a 12pt font.
If submitting your work online, we accept Word docs, docx and pdf
If submitting by post, entries should be postmarked no later than 31st May 2022
Submissions may not be altered after entry
The entrance fee is £29 per novel and you may enter as many novels as you wish
Sponsored places are available for writers on low incomes, more details here
Entries which do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified
Employees of the Bath Novel Award, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, Professional Writing Academy and the judge’s literary agency are not eligible