Creative writing competition: Exeter Novel Prize


05 November 2021
Win a £500 first prize for the competition for the first 10,000 words of an unpublished novel

The annual Exeter Novel Prize contest is run by Creative Writing Matters. It is given for the beginning of an unpublished novel manuscript by an unrepresented writer.

The winner will receive £500 and there are five runners-up prizes of £100. The final judge is Kate Nash of Kate Nash Literary Agency.

Any writer, published or unpublished, may enter the competition as long as they are not currently represented by a literary agent. Novel manuscripts must not have been accepted for publication by a traditional publisher. Novels may be in any genre for adult readers. Children's and YA novels are not eligible.

To enter, send the first 10,000 words, which should include a synopsis of not more than 500 words.

The entry fee per novel is £18.

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The closing date is 1 January 2022.

For full details see the website.


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