Rules

  • The Bath Children’s Novel Award is a writing competition for unpublished and self-published novelists of any nationality or residency
  • 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  • Novels can be unpublished, self-published or independently published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 5th 2018 until the close (23:59 GMT) of December 2nd 2018
  • 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 Award 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.
  • Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018 entrants can claim a 10% discount on all editorial reports from prize sponsors Cornerstones Literary Consultancy until February 28th 2018.  To claim your discount contact helen@cornerstones.co.uk quoting CORNBATHKIDS18.
  • 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 2nd December 2018
  • 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 Tuesday 18th December 2018 with longlistees invited to submit their full manuscript for the final judging stages by Thursday 20th December.
  • Shortlisted novels will be announced 15th January 2018
  • The winner of the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018 will be announced at an award ceremony in Bath on 28th February 2019
  • 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 details here
  • 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 The Agency
  • Employees of the Bath Novel Award, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and The Agency are not eligible