The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

1st Prize  £1,000 plus mentoring with our partner The Literary Consultancy 

2nd Prize £500 plus full manuscript appraisal

3rd Prize  3 x £100 for shortlisted writers plus 50 page manuscript appraisal

 

Writing a novel is a marathon effort and if you have a full or part-written novel to submit, we applaud you for your hard work to date. Submissions are welcome in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults (YA) providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. Non-fiction and fiction for children is not eligible.

The award is run in conjunction with industry partners The Literary Consultancy,  - the UK's first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service and A. M. Heath Literary Agents.

Past winners have gone on to achieve great things. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott recently won the award and following mentoring she secured a six figure deal for her debut novel. Swan Song will be published this June.

Her advice for writers is "enter the 2018 Bridport Prize... possibly the best leap you'll ever take! It certainly was for me."

Entry fee:  £20 for each novel submitted.

 

What is the judge looking for?


I’ll be looking for stories that take risks, stories that understand form and are engaged with the possibilities of language, stories that stay with me long after I’ve finished

 

Kamila Shamsie, 2018 PC-A Novel Award Judge 

 

Please note: the novel award is currently only open to writers in Britain and  Ireland

Word limit: A maximum of 8,000 words from the opening chapters (5,000 words minimum) plus a synopsis of 300 words maximum.

Our partner The Literary Consultancy has information on How to write a synopsis

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Prizes

1st £1,000 plus mentoring with our partner TLC
2nd £500 plus manuscript assessment
3rd 3 x £100 for shortlisted writers

"When I took the phone call telling me I'd won the Bridport prize for my first novel, I was so excited I walked with the phone out of the front door and into the street where I paced up and down, beaming. My living room wasn't big enough to hold my excitement.

Within a month of attending the lovely prize-giving event in Dorset I was signed up with the literary agency A M Heath. I am now working with 'my agent' (what a wonderful thing to be able to write!) and The Literary Consultancy (who, along with A M Heath, sponsor the Bridport), to hone my novel with the aim of getting it published.

The Bridport win means many things: validation of my work, an accolade that is recognised by other writers and those in the publishing industry, sponsorship to work with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy and, more than all of this, it allows me, after two decades of creative writing, to feel able to call myself a writer. That is the most precious thing of all."

 

S.M. Misra (UK) – 1st prize winner, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

Judge 2018

Kamila Shamsie

“I’ll be looking for stories that take risks, stories that understand form and are engaged with the possibilities of language, stories that stay with me long after I’ve finished reading them”.

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