Competition: The Caledonia Novel Award 2025 | Magazine | Writing Competitions
The Caledonia Novel Award


Competition deadline: 15th October 2024

The Caledonia Novel Award 2025 is an Edinburgh-based international writing competition for unpublished and self-published novelists!

We are passionate about new writing, and our aim is to discover, promote and support new writers through our annual competition. We give you the opportunity to get your work in front of exceptional literary agents, with the possibility of winning cash prizes and a place on a Moniack Mhor writing retreat. The Caledonia Novel Award 2025 accepts all genres for adults and YA, and we are delighted to offer a number of sponsored places to writers on a low income.

Open to entries: 15 May – midnight GMT 15 October, 2024

Judge: Alice Lutyens, literary agent at Curtis Brown

Top prize: £1,500 and an exclusive framed award designed by Edinburgh artist Lucy Roscoe 

Highly Commended prize: £500

Special prize: a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre for the best novel from the UK and Ireland

Terms and Conditions
  • Our 2025 novel competition is open to entries from 15 May 2024
  • We close to entries at midnight GMT on 15 October 2024
  • Longlisted novels will be announced on 1 December 2024, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 8 December 2024
  • Shortlisted novels will be announced on 25 January 2025, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2025 and awarded £1,500
  • The Highly Commended author will win £500
  • The entry fee is £28 per novel
  • Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults
  • Novels must be at least 50,000 words in length
  • A submission must be the entrant’s own original work. A submission must not, in whole or in part, be generated using artificial intelligence eg. ChatGPT
  • If a submission is made in breach of the above paragraph, the entrant will be liable (1) to repay any prize money or benefits given to them; and (2) for all losses, costs and expenses which the Caledonia Novel Award incurs arising out of or in connection with such breach, including loss of reputation, wasted expenditure and loss of profit
  • 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  • The Caledonia Novel Award is open to unpublished or self-published novelists only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 must be unagented at the time of submission
  • In common with other awards for unpublished and self-published novels, the judging agent may contact longlisted authors before the winner is announced. However, the winner may have been decided internally before this point, and all entries will have been judged anonymously
  • 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
  • Employees of the Caledonia Novel Award and Curtis Brown are not eligible to enter the Caledonia Novel Award 2025
  • The writer of the best novel from the British Isles and Ireland 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 or online courses taking place in 2025. The prize includes accommodation, food and tuition, but does not cover travel costs. The full list of courses for 2025 will be announced later this year. For further details about Moniack Mhor, visit There is no cash alternative to this prize

Sponsored Entries for Writers on a Low Income

We offer a number of sponsored places to writers who might not otherwise be able to afford to enter the Caledonia Novel Award 2025. These places will be awarded to the first writers to enter who meet the low-income criteria. Applicants must upload with their entry submission proof of financial eligibility such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Benefit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, or proof of being a full-time carer or full-time student. All financial details will be kept strictly confidential. Successful candidates will be notified.

If you would be interested in sponsoring an entry for a writer on a low income, please contact us!

See here to enter and for further information.

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