Thank you for your interest in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2018.

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. The work can be on any subject at all. We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded.

The work you submit must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or self-published. In addition, anyone who has previously had a full-length novel accepted for publication is not eligible to enter. Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

To be considered, you need to supply us with your entry fee of £12, and submit the first 40-50 pages of the novel via the online form and a synopsis (5-10 pages long) of the remainder.

For full details, please read and follow the competition Terms and Conditions carefully – unfortunately we cannot take entries forward if they do not comply with the rules!

The closing date for the competition is 12 noon Friday 9 February 2018.