And we have our winner!

Huge congratulations to Cam Terwilliger for his accomplished historical novel Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart. It drew particular praise from judge Richard Pike and the Caledonia Novel Award reading team for its lyrical language and compelling plot.  Cam receives £1,000 and a trophy specially designed by Edinburgh artist, Alice Spicer.


The winner of a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre for the best novel from the UK and Ireland is Hannah Foster for her engaging, pacy, ‘cli-fi’ YA novel, Take Flight.



Judge Richard Pike, literary agent at Curtis Brown, commented: “I was delighted to be invited to judge this year’s shortlist. I was already aware of the fantastic support that the Caledonia Novel Award offered to unpublished novelists, as well as the Award’s reputation for unearthing fantastic writing, including from authors who have gone on to find deals with top publishing houses. Wendy and her team definitely lived up to their reputation with this year’s selection of shortlisted authors, and everyone that made both the longlist and shortlist for 2017’s award can be especially proud that they made the cut in a record-breaking year for entries. Thank you to everyone that entered and good luck to everyone thinking of entering in 2018!”


Congratulations to all our shortlisted novelists, and many thanks to the 371 writers from 26 different countries who entered the Caledonia Novel Award 2017. This year’s shortlist of six novels took the reader from 18th-Century New York to Australia in the near future, from a search for family secrets in Spain to honouring a shocking last request, and from murder in the Scottish Highlands to bee-keeping in New Zealand.




Take Flight by Hannah Foster

Human Geography by Vicky Grut

Sea Change by Sylvia Hehir

Run-Off Season by Adrian Markle

Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart by Cam Terwilliger

Colour Me In by Sophie Wellstood



Still by Rue Baldry

All Her Ghosts by Claire Coughlan

Take Flight by Hannah Foster

Sea Change by Sylvia Hehir

The Debut by Theresa Howes

The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert

Run-Off Season by Adrian Markle

Sh¥t B@g by Zena McFadzean

Angel Falls by Shelby Riley

Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart by Cam Terwilliger

Colour Me In by Sophie Wellstood



Here at The Caledonia Novel Award, we are really keen to nurture undiscovered talent and encourage new writers. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce an additional prize for this year’s competition. We are offering a special prize for the best novel submitted by an author from the UK and Ireland. This new prize is a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, situated in the Scottish Highlands, just 14 miles from Inverness. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place there in 2017. Details of the 2016 courses, and further information about this excellent resource, can be found at http://www.moniackmhor.org.uk.

Moniack Mhor is Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre. The centre runs residential creative writing courses and partnership courses throughout the year for adults and young people at all stages of their writing career. Courses are tutored by established writers, with a mid-week visit fromm2-8-1m a guest writer, and cover many different genres. Moniack Mhor also runs one-off events for writers, outreach workshops, awards and a fellowship. High on a hill close to Loch Ness, the centre is an inspirational and nurturing setting for writers to spend an intensive period focussing on their work.

Many thanks to Moniack Mhor for their participation!



It has never been less than a fascinating and thoroughly absorbing experience.Kathryn Ross of
Fraser Ross Associates Literary Agency, 2016 Shortlist Judge

Unpublished authors, put this contest on your submissions list. Wonderfully run!Andrea Crossley Spencer, 2016 winner for The Promise of Water

“Thrilled when I saw the amount of international writers on the shortlist, and the calibre of their work.”   Lucy Van Smit, 2016 shortlistee for Hurts So Good

Thankyou for managing this award. I’m really pleased to be in such great company. And it’s fab to get such encouraging feedback.Kate Tregaskis, 2016 shortlistee for Zoo

Well done Caledonia Novel Award! Given the quality of extracts from the shortlisted novels, I am even prouder to have made the longlist!Martin Gilbert, 2016 longlistee for A Shadow in the Blood