How do I make my entry?

To enter the 2018 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize please submit, via the online form, the opening of your novel (the first 40 pages minimum - 50 pages maximum and these pages must be consecutive)  plus a synopsis of the rest (5 - 10 pages). 

Upload your entry as 2 PDF files, black font on white background, 1.5 line spacing, 12 point font, with all pages numbered.

Please title your files:

 surname, initial_title_opening 

 surname, initial_title_synopsis



The closing date is 12 NOON on Friday 9 February 2018.  Sorry, but entries received after this deadline cannot be considered.
For those reaching the longlist stage, your name and email address (only) may be passed on to the judging panel.
Due to the volume of entries received it is not possible for the judges to provide feedback on non-shortlisted entries.

Terms and conditions:

  • 2018 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is open to unpublished female writers, aged 21 or over, who live in the UK or Ireland.
  • We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. 
  • Novels for young adults or children (middle grade or above) are acceptable if they are mainly word-based. 
  • Picture books, jointly authored novels and short stories are not eligible for submission.
  • The novel must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or be self-published.  (Publishing part of the novel on a blog or website eg one chapter, does not make a novel ineligible for this competition). 
  • Authors must not have agent representation at the time of submission.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted for the 2018 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.
  • Authors cannot have a previous novel published.
  • No current staff member, Fellow or full-time student of Lucy Cavendish College can enter the competition.
  • Any entrant found to be in contravention of any of the terms and conditions will be automatically disqualified.
  • The judges’ decision will be final. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they think that none of the entries are of sufficient merit.

Any queries, please check the FAQs or contact:

Best of luck!

In this section

Laura Marshall, Shortlisted Author 2016

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"I will always be grateful to the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, as it was really the first step on the road to everything that has happened since" Laura Marshall, shortlisted 2016

More about the Prize

Our Fiction Prize

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