The Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge is now closed for entries (the deadline was 12 noon Friday 10 February 2017).

Next steps

Our judges are currently attempting to select 5 entries from the 15 longlisted entries for the shortlist.  The shortlist will be announced by noon on Friday 28 April 2017.

Contact Details

For any queries, please contact Helen Kirkby at:

Due to the volume of entries received it is not possible for the judges to provide feedback on non-shortlisted entries.

Any entrant found to be in contravention of any of the terms and conditions contained in this document 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.

The Shortlist, the Prize-giving Dinner and the Prize

The judges will draw up a shortlist of five submissions. Those five entrants, plus one guest per shortlisted entrant, will be invited to the prize-giving drinks reception and celebratory dinner at Lucy Cavendish College on the evening of Thursday 25 May 2017. Industry representatives will also be present at the dinner, as will Fellows and students of the college.

Allison Pearson, Chair of the judging panel, will announce the winner and award the prize of £1,500.00 at a drinks reception at the beginning of the evening.  All shortlistees will have the chance to meet industry representatives at the reception.

All five shortlistees will be offered one-to-one consultations with Nelle Andrew who will provide editorial feedback and discuss the marketability of their work.

About Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

In this section

Vicki Jarrett, Shortlisted Author

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"The Fiction Prize shortlisting was very important to me at an early stage of my writing career." Vicki Jarrett, 2016

Our Fiction Prize

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Just how did we choose our winner?

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