Celebrating its tenth year, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is famous for helping undiscovered female writers launch their literary careers. 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. 

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

2020 Fiction Prize 

The 2020 Fiction prize will open for entries on Wednesday 18th September 2019 and closes 12 noon Friday 17th January 2020.

Prize ceremony

This annual occasion has been instrumental in introducing previous winners 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 our competition sponsors PFD (subject to them not already having an agent) who will give editorial feedback and discuss the marketability of the work submitted. In addition, the 2020 winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500.

We wish all entrants the best of luck.

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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

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