Rules

  • The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2020 is a prize for emerging novelists.
  • For the purposes of this competition emerging novelists are defined as writers who are yet to accept an offer of publication for a novel which includes an advance (pre-publication) payment from the publisher.
  • The prize is open worldwide to writers of any nationality or residency.
  • Novels can be unpublished, self-published or independently published.
  • 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 must be submitted in english and the author’s own work.
  • Entries may be submitted from June 15th 2020 until 23:59 GMT on November 29th 2020.
  • The winner of The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2020 will receive £3,000.
  • 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.
  • Bath Children’s Novel Award 2020 entrants can claim a 10% discount on all editorial reports from prize sponsors Cornerstones Literary Consultancy until 11th February 2021.  To claim your discount contact helen@cornerstones.co.uk quoting CORNBATHKIDS2020.
  • 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 synopsis of no more than 300 words 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 29th November 2020.
  • As entries are read blind, your name should NOT appear anywhere in the document containing your extract and synopsis.
  • The entrance fee is £28 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
  • 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.
  • The longlist will be announced on Thursday 17th December 2020 with longlistees invited to submit their full manuscript by 23:59 GMT Sunday 20th December than for the final judging stages.
  • Shortlisted novels will be announced 12th January 2021.
  • The winner of the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2020 will be announced on 11th February 2021.
  • 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 judge’s agency
  • Employees of the Bath Novel Award, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and the judge’s literary agency are not eligible to win.