Win £500 with Novel London's 2023 Writing Competition, Enter Now!


Following on from our 2022 collaboration, we are delighted to be associated with Novel London's 2023 literary competition and festival. This is the fifth year of this well-run international competition with fantastic prizes and opportunities. As all publishers and seasoned writers know, competitions are THE way to get your stories noticed, whether you are starting out on your writing to publication journey or an experienced novelist hoping for a Richard & Judy, Booker or Women's Prize listing.  So if you've started writing your novel and have a good idea of where it's going but have yet to complete it, or indeed if you've reached the end but know you've more editing to do, this is the ideal competition for you. The final judging is on the first 3,000 words + synopsis only. The entry fee is £11.00 with a first prize of £500 plus Blackbird feedback on your first three chapters, your synopsis and covering letter. There's a second prize of £350 and lunch at the Ivy with a literary agent and a third prize of £100 and a mentoring session.  Plus there's a summer PARTY! and awards ceremony in central London at the Novel London Literary Festival.  Read about the 2022 event and winners here.

First Prize



Assessment on the first three chapters, synopsis and cover letter from Blackbird Books


Second Prize


Lunch with Literary Agent, Elise Dillsworth at The Ivy, London


Third Prize


Literary Walk/ Coaching or Mentoring Session (TBC)

Some images from 2022 Novel London Literary Festival
Some images from 2022 Novel London Literary Festival

Submit the opening chapter of up to 3,000 words as a PDF + a short synopsis (one document) to NOVEL LONDON NOT Blackbird Books please.



Deadline: May 31st 2023

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