The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize: boost your literary career


11 January 2022
Now in its 12th year, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize provides a unique opportunity for unrepresented and unpublished women writers to launch their literary careers.

Since its inception, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize has developed a formidable reputation for uncovering new talent and draws significant interest from the publishing industry, being a catalyst for numerous literary successes.

Read more about the successful authors here.

Aoife Fitzpatrick (2020 winner) comments: “The judges of the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize have an exceptional record for talent-spotting. And, when I was lucky enough to win the award, their faith and support was hugely important to me - a lasting injection of confidence. I would urge any unpublished writer to enter their manuscript; to share their work with the literary agents at PFD and with the passionate and invested readers at Lucy Cavendish College. From longlist to shortlist to winner, this competition offers real opportunities for authors to be discovered and championed.”

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2021 was a record-breaking year for the Prize, receiving a total of over 750 entries.

You can read interviews with our 2021 shortlisted authors here.

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