Welcome to the Caledonia Novel Award, an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists.

Prize: £1,000

Shortlist judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and founder of Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency

Special Prize: a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre for the best novel from the UK and Ireland


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 that, for the second year running, we are offering a special prize for the best novel submitted by an author from the UK and Ireland. This 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 2018. Details of the 2017 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 from 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 and continuing support.



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Unpublished authors, put this contest on your submissions list.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