Owned Voices Novel Award

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Owned Voices Novel Award 2021

For the first time, we’re launching the Owned Voices Novel Award. The award aims to give its two winners the best possible chance of finding an agent or publisher for their work.

So, what’s up for grabs?

The shortlisted writers:

Ten shortlisted writers will be invited to a virtual ‘Routes to Getting Published’ Q&A session with a panel of industry experts. During the session, the panellists will discuss tips for submitting manuscripts to agents and editors, as well as giving all attending writers the opportunity to ask them questions about the publishing industry and how to secure an agent or publisher. The session aims to demystify the way the publishing industry works and equip attending writers with top tips on getting their submissions to stand out from the crowd.

The winners:

From the shortlisted writers, two authors will be selected as the novel award winners. Each winner will receive a £250 cash prize. The winners will also either be paired up with editor Leodora Darlington or agent Katie Fulford for one-to-one feedback on their novel. Winners will first receive written feedback, followed by a one-to-one virtual mentoring meeting with their partnered publishing professional, which will cover the editorial advice given on how to strengthen their novel as well as specialised advice on the next steps for the author in terms of seeking a publishing deal. The winners will also have a follow-up call with their publishing professional a few weeks after their initial meeting to discuss progress.

Entry Criteria:

  • Writers must be from an under-represented background

  • Writers must be unagented

  • Writers may only submit one novel for consideration

  • At point of submission, writers must have a full manuscript available

  • Submissions must fall into one of the following categories:

    • Crime, Thrillers and Mystery

    • Contemporary Romance

    • Historical Fiction

    • Contemporary Women’s Fiction

    • Book Club Fiction

Key Dates:

  • 4th December - Entries open

  • 28th February - Deadline for submissions at 23:59 pm GMT

  • 24th March - Shortlist announced

  • 14th April - Winners announced

  • 21st April - Q&A Zoom with shortlisted authors and winners

To apply, please fill out the Owned Voices Novel Award form. You will need to upload a pitch, synopsis and the first two thousand words of your manuscript in one document. Best of luck to everyone applying!

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