The Caledonia Novel Award

Our 2020 novel competition is open to entries from 01 May 2019
We close to entries at midnight GMT on 01 November 2019
Longlisted novels will be announced on 30 November 2019, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 6 December 2019
Shortlisted novels will be announced on 24 January 2020, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2020 and awarded £1,500
The entry fee is £25 per novel
Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults
Novels must be the entrant’s original work and at least 50,000 words in length
The competition is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and resident in any country
The Caledonia Novel Award is open to unpublished or self-published novelists only
Entrants must be unagented at the time of submission
In common with other awards for unpublished and self-published novels, the judging agent may contact longlisted authors before the winner is announced. However, the winner may have been decided internally before this point, and all entries will have been judged anonymously
Entrants must not be employed by Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency or The Caledonia Novel Award
Entries may not be altered after submission
Entrants retain full copyright of their work, however by entering the competition give The Caledonia Novel Award permission to post an extract from the first 20 pages of any shortlisted entries on our website
The writer of the best novel from the British Isles and Ireland, as judged by Jenny Hewson, will receive a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place in 2019. The prize includes accommodation, food and tuition, but does not cover travel costs. The full list of courses for 2020 will be announced in November, 2019. For further details about Moniack Mhor, visit There is no cash alternative to this prize
We offer a number of sponsored places to writers who might not otherwise be able to afford to enter The Caledonia Novel Award 2020. These places will be awarded to the first writers to enter who meet the low-income criteria. Applicants must upload with their entry submission proof of financial eligibility such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Benefit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, or proof of being a full-time carer or full-time student. All financial details will be kept strictly confidential. Successful candidates will be notified.

If you would be interested in sponsoring an entry for a writer on a low income, please contact us!

Novels should be submitted via email to with one attachment containing the first 20 pages of your novel (double-spaced in a size 12 font) followed by a 200-word synopsis. In the body of your email, please list your name (this should not appear anywhere on your novel extract), novel title, contact details, brief details of genre, and payment date. Please also state where you heard about our competition
If you are applying for one of our sponsored places, please include proof of financial eligibility with your submission
The competition entrance fee is £25 per novel, payable by Paypal. Please click the button below:

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