The Bath Children’s Novel Award is a prize for unpublished, self-published or independently published novelists
Novels should be for children who are able to read for themselves, or young adults. We do not accept picture books or graphic novels.
Full manuscripts may be of any length, however as a guide, we recommend 6-10,000 for a chapter book, 40-60,000 for middle grade and 50-70,000 words for YA (or longer for fantasy novels).
Novels can be unpublished, self-published or independently published
Entries may be submitted from June 17th 2019 until the close (23:59 GMT) of November 17th 2019
The winner of The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018 will receive £2,500
Unrepresented shortlisted writers will be offered the opportunity to be introduced to an individually tailored list of literary agents by email or other means. This service is entirely free and optional
The writer of the most promising longlisted novel, as chosen by the Bath Novel Awards and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy will receive a free place on Cornerstones’ 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.
Writers who have accepted a traditional publishing deal for either the submitted novel or any other novel are not eligible. For the purposes of this competition, a “traditional publishing deal” is defined as an offer of publication which includes an advance payment.
Submissions should include one document including (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel, double-spaced in a size 12 font followed by a one page synopsis which should be single -spaced in a size 12 font
If submitting your work online, we accept Word docs, docx and pdf
If submitting by post, entries should be postmarked no later than 17th November 2019
As entries are read blind, your name should NOT appear anywhere in the document containing your extract and synopsis
The longlist will be announced on Wednesday 11th December 2019 with longlistees invited to submit their full manuscript for the final judging stages by Thursday 18th December.
Shortlisted novels will be announced 14th January 2020
The winner of the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019 will be announced at an award ceremony in Bath on 13th February 2020
The entrance fee is £25 per novel and you may enter as many novels as you wish
There are a limited number of free sponsored entries for low income writers otherwise unable to afford entry fees. Application detailshere
Novels must be your original work and in English
Entrants must be 16 years or over
The winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes
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
Submissions may not be altered after entry
Entries which do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified
Entrants may be agented, but should not be represented by either the judging agent or any agent at Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agency
Employees of the Bath Novel Award, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agency are not eligible to win