Founded in 2010, by Professor Janet Todd OBE, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize has gone from strength to strength with many shortlisted and winning authors securing publishing deals and furthering their writing. 

The annual Fiction Prize provides a unique opportunity for unpublished female authors, aged 21 and over, to launch their literary careers. 

Judges are seeking writers who combine literary merit with ‘unputdownability’ and the Prize has developed a formidable reputation for attracting first-class writing talent.

2017 Fiction Prize 

The 2017 Fiction Prize opened for entries on 5 October 2016 and closed to entries at 12 noon on Friday 10 February 2017.

Prize dinner

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Annual Fiction Prize dinner at Lucy Cavendish College, on the evening of Thursday 25 May 2017.

This annual occasion has been instrumental in introducing previous winners, Catherine Chanter (2013) and Joanna Merifield (2014), as well as short-listed entrants Anni Domingo (2014), Gail Honeyman (2014) and Annette Gordon (2014) to their respective agents, and allows attendees to mingle with industry specialists.

Free consultation with literary agent

All shortlisted entrants receive a valuable half-hour one-to-one consultation, with Judge and literary agent, Nelle Andrew. Nelle will give editorial feedback and discuss the marketability of the work submitted.

We wish all entrants the best of luck.

How to enter

The 2017 competition is now closed to entries.  Details for next year's competition will appear on these pages after September 2017.

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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