Creative writing competition: The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2022


15 October 2021
The leading women's fiction prize for unpublished and unrepresented writers is inviting entries

Now in its 12th year, the prize has a strong track record of being a starting point for publishing success stories. Winners and shortlisted writers have included Sara Collins, Gail Honeyman, Emma Hughes and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott. The prize is given for a novel manuscript by an unpublihsed and unrepresented woman writer of literary or genre fiction for adults or young adults and word-based novels for children. The judges are looking for work that combines literary excellence with unputdownability.

The winner will receive a £1,500 and all shortlisted entrants will be offered a half-hour consultation with a literary agent from Peters Fraser & Dunlop, who sponsor the competition.

To enter, send the first 4-50 pages of the novel manuscript and a synposis between three and five pages.

The entry fee is £12 per novel manuscript.

The closing date is 11 February.

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