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Competition: The 2022 Exeter Novel Prize 

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Creative Writing Matters

By Writing.ie

Competition deadline: 1st January 2023

CreativeWritingMatters was founded in 2009 and the years since have  gone by very quickly. Our aim was, and still is, to offer encouragement, advice and opportunities to fellow writers through our appraisals, mentoring service and competitions. 

We accept the first ten thousand words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publisher. It is open to all authors who are without representation by a literary agent, whether or not they have been published. ​​​

First prize – £1000 plus trophy
​Five runners-up will receive £100 and a paperweight
Closing Date: January 1st 2023

We are delighted to announce that literary agent Hellie Ogden from the Janklow and Nesbit UK Literary Agency will be the final judge for the 2022 competition.
The competition is generously supported by Exeter Writers

The 10th Anniversary Award Ceremony will be in Exeter during April 2023. Exact date tba.

APPRAISALS – for an extra fee, we will write a one-page appraisal of your submission. These have proved very popular in the past. Here are some of the responses from last year:
‘I really appreciate the balance of critique and encouragement, and it has given me renewed enthusiasm to work on Asha’s story further.’ Shirley Golden
‘this is exactly what I was hoping for – a professional critique pointing out what doesn’t quite work and why, plus a few really nice suggestions for fixing it.’ Vit Novacek​
‘it was extremely helpful, and I am excited to be able to address your suggestions, and consider your questions.’ ​ Stacia Smales Hill


  1. The 2022 Exeter Novel Prize is open for submissions until 11.59pm on January 1st 2023, which is without exception the closing date. Any entries received after this date will be disqualified and no refund of the entry fee will be made.
  2. The competition is open to everyone, living anywhere in the world, published, self-published or yet to be published, who is not represented by a literary agent. All those long-listed will be asked if they are still eligible to go forward.
  3. Entries should take the form of the opening of your novel (not a random selection of scenes) and must not exceed a total of ten thousand words, which includes a synopsis of not more than five hundred words. Any entries received without a synopsis will be disqualified. Entries must be the author’s own work. The novel does not have to be complete. Self-published novels are acceptable.
  4. You may enter more than one novel, but each entry must be emailed separately and must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
  5. All genres including children’s of Middle Grade (9-12), Young Adult and New Adult are acceptable.
  6. Your name should not appear anywhere on the attachment. The attached file’s name should be the same as the title of your novel and as it appears in the subject line of your email (minus ENP, see How to Enter). Only doc, docx, rtf and pdf files will be accepted. Any other formats will be disqualified. Please present your work in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial, 1.5 or double-spaced. ​
  7. Entries must be in English.
  8. Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  9. Entry must be made electronically and the fee paid via Paypal. The prize monies will be awarded via Paypal. The receipt issued by Paypal on payment of the entry fee is your receipt of entry. All Paypal receipts are matched with submissions and if we receive one without the other we will contact you. See How to Enter below. If you do not already have a Paypal account, please visit www.paypal.com for details.
  10. Literary agent, Hellie Ogden from Janklow and Nesbit UK will be the final judge. Although the organisers hope the winning entrant will achieve publication, no guarantee of agent representation or publication can be given.
  11. The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

See here for further information and to enter.

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  • allianceindependentauthors.org

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