Creative writing competition: Grindstone International Novel Prize 2023


02 March 2023
Win a £1,500 first prize in the competitition for unrepresented authors

The Grindstone International Novel Prize is inviting entries of the first 5,000 words of full-length fiction manuscripts. Writers entering the competition may be unpublished, previously published or self published, but must not be represented by a literary agent.

The winner will receive £1,500. There is a runner-up prize of £500 and four shortlist prizes of £100. All the longlisted entries will be forward to agents affiliated to Grindstone Literary.

Novels may be in any adult fiction or YA genre. Manuscripts may be finished or part-finished, and have a finished or projected-finish length of at least 70,000 words. Include an elevator pitch and a brief synopsis (300-400 words) with the first 5,000 words.

The entry fee is £16 up to 1 May, £18 to 1 July and then £20.

The closing date is 1 October.

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For full details see the website.


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