• Our 2017 novel competition is open for entries from 01 May 2016 until 01 November 2016
  • Longlisted novels will be announced on 06 December 2016, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 12 December 2016
  • Shortlisted novels will be announced in January 2017, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2017 and awarded £1,000
  • The entry fee is £20 per novel
  • Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults
  • Novels must be the entrant’s original work and at least 50,000 words in length
  • The competition is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and resident in any country
  • The Caledonia Novel Award is open to unpublished or self-published novelists only
  • Entrants may be agented, but not by Curtis Brown
  • Entrants must not be employed by Curtis Brown or The Caledonia Novel Award
  • Entries may not be altered after submission
  • Entrants retain full copyright of their work, however by entering the competition give The Caledonia Novel Award permission to post an extract from the first 20 pages of any shortlisted entries on our website
  • The writer of the best novel from the British Isles and Ireland, as judged by Richard Pike, will receive a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place in 2017. The prize includes accommodation, food and tuition, but does not cover travel costs. The full list of courses for 2017 will be announced in November, 2016. For further details about Moniack Mhor, visit There is no cash alternative to this prize


    • Novels should be submitted via email to with one attachment containing the first 20 pages of your novel (double-spaced in a size 12 font) followed by a 200 word synopsis. In the body of your email, please list your name (this should not appear anywhere on your novel extract), novel title, contact details and payment date.
    • The competition entrance fee is £20 per novel, payable by Paypal. Please click the below button: