Richard Pike, 2017 shortlist judge

“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 I was already aware of the fantastic support that the Caledonia Novel Award offered to unpublished novelists, as well as the Award’s reputation for unearthing fantastic writing, including from authors who have gone on to find deals with top publishing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.”

Cam Terwilliger, 2017 winner

“How cool and what an honor! I feel especially thrilled to read Richard Pike’s evaluation of the novel. It’s been a long road working on this book and it makes me feel so good to know that it has been read and enjoyed!”

Hannah Foster, shortlisted 2017 + winner of Moniack Mhor Writing Retreat Prize

“I’m so excited to be this year’s Special Prize winner! It has been such a nice experience and has already boosted my confidence, even before attending the retreat.”

Vicky Grut, shortlisted 2017

“It’s been a great encouragement to be shortlisted – and to find myself in such fine and international company!”

Kathryn Ross, 2016 shortlist judge

“Many thanks for asking me to judge this year’s Caledonia Novel Award. I’ve been impressed by the quality of the writing across the shortlist, and really relished the range of genres and settings. It has never been less than a fascinating and thoroughly absorbing experience.”

Andrea Crossley-Spencer, 2016 winner

“I can’t tell you what an honour this is! The feedback from Kathryn Ross (2016 shortlist judge) is extremely helpful as I continue to pursue my goal of publication.  Very sincere appreciation to your team!”

Lucy Van Smit, shortlisted 2016

“Thank you so much for including me on your wonderful shortlist – I was absolutely thrilled before, and stunned, when I saw the number of international writers on the shortlist, and the calibre of their work.”

 Sophie Cameron, shortlisted 2016

“So pleased to have made this shortlist!”

 Mark Brandi, longlisted 2015 and 2016

“The Caledonia Novel Award was the first major competition I submitted to, and it gave me such a confidence boost to be longlisted. It was a really big deal for me, so I wanted to say thank you for running such a brilliant competition. My recent successes (as with gaining representation with Curtis Brown Australia) are in large part due to the Caledonia Novel Award.”

 Paula Hunter, longlisted 2016

“Being longlisted gave me a confidence to enter other competitions and send my novel off to agents. It’s early days, and there’s a lot of graft ahead but I feel I’m on the right track. Many thanks for the opportunity!”

 Joanna Lilley, longlisted 2016

“It was such an enormous honour to have my manuscript longlisted for the award. The Gallachists is being considered by a Canadian publisher at the moment so I’m keeping my fingers and toes tightly crossed!”

 Annabel Abbs – 2015 longlistee for The Joyce Girl, signed by Impress Books, published June 2016

“It all started with the Caledonia Novel Award – what a confidence boost that was!”

 Lesley Kelly –  2015 longlistee for A Fine House in Trinity, signed by Sandstone Press, published May 2016

“Being longlisted gave me the nudge I needed to finally send my novel off to a publisher!”