The Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize will be open to submissions from 15 April to 15 July 2019. The judges will be looking for novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, which are innovative and imaginative in style, which tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in. The winner will receive a £3,000 prize in the form of an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions. The winning novelist will subsequently be published in Fitzcarraldo Editions’ fiction list, alongside writers such as Claire-Louise Bennett, Mathias Enard, Camila Grudova, John Keene, Esther Kinsky, Olga Tokarczuk and Alejandro Zambra.

Jeremy Cooper won the inaugural Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize in 2018 for Ash before Oak, a novel in the form of a nature diary, obliquely charting the narrator’s slow return to health. The winning novel was one of 181 submissions, and one of six to be shortlisted. The five other shortlisted entries were:

Semblance by Thomas Bunstead, a novel about an English translator’s trip at a literary festival in Mexico just after the untimely death of his father. Born in London in 1983, Thomas Bunstead is a writer, editor and translator. His writing has appeared in publications including the Times Literary Supplement, Independent, Ready Steady Book, >kill author, The Paris Review and The White Review, and he is an editor at the literary translation journal In Other Words. He has translated Enrique Vila-Matas, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Aixa de la Cruz, Eduardo Halfon, Yuri Herrera and Rodrigo Fresán. 

The Cremation Project by Andrea Mason, a novel charting, in reverse, the events leading to the untimely death of the twenty-first century art world star Carter Barnard. Andrea Mason is an artist and writer. She has had solo shows (as Andrea + Philippe) at IAS, London and the showroom gallery, and undertaken public art commissions including at the South London Gallery. She has published short stories in The Happy Hypocrite, Frozen Tears III, Post-Experimentalism and Bartleby Snopes, among other magazines.

Tinder and the Moon by Marianne Morris, a hybrid trash-literary/un-romance novel, Tinder critique, and astrology cheat sheet, including terrible sex and a Chorus, about bad romance and the healing industry. Marianne Morris has been performing and publishing poetry in the UK, US, and Europe for over fifteen years. Her most recent collections are World/World (Boiler House Press, 2017) and The On All Said Things Moratorium (Enitharmon Press, 2014). 

Total Abstraction by David Musgrave, a novel detailing the inner collapse of a university lecturer, Paul Feather, who maintains a degree of coherence as a teacher and a human being until an obscure science fiction film fatally disturbs his sense of self. David Musgrave is an artist and writer based in London. His novel Unit was published in 2015 by LemonMelon. His work as a visual artist has been exhibited internationally, with work in the collections of Tate and MoMA, New York, amongst other institutions. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts.

Never Connect by Duncan White. Part fiction, part essay, part travelogue, Never Connect follows an unnamed art historian who has lost his second child at birth, and loses himself in the precarious lives of twentieth-century artists who addressed similar forms of absence or disappearance. Duncan White (PhD) is the co-author of Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance, Film (Tate: 2011) as well as the author of many essays and articles on art and film. He is a Research Fellow and Pathway Leader MRes Art: Moving Image at Central Saint Martins, London, where he has worked since 2008. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.


Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before submitting. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any queries not covered below, please info@fitzcarraldoeditions.com. 

1) The competition is open to residents of Great Britain and Ireland only.

2) Entrants should submit a full manuscript of their novel (minimum 30,000 words) to novelprize@fitzcarraldoeditions.com. The manuscript should be double-spaced, 12pt. 

3) Each submission should include a cover letter including a biographical note, contact details and brief outline of the novel. 

4) The submission must be original.  

5) Entries can also be sent by post to Fitzcarraldo Editions, A104, 8-12 Creekside, London SE8 3DX. 

6) Only submissions received by email or by post by midnight on 15 July 2019 (GMT) will be considered. 

7) Entries that are incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

8) The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.

9) Co-authored entries will not be accepted. 

10) Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for books of fiction or non-fiction are eligible to enter. 

11) Writers who have published writing (fiction or non-fiction) in magazines and journals are eligible to enter.

12) Writers who have published books of poetry are eligible to enter.

13) Writers may submit only one proposal per iteration of the prize. 

14) The novel must be written in English (no translations).

15) Submissions may be made by the author of the novel or (if they have one) their agent.

16) There are no age restrictions, and we welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds. 

17) Submissions from writers residing outside of Great Britain and Ireland will not be considered.

18) All submissions should include page numbers.

19) The novel must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.

20) A shortlist of up to six novels will be announced around 15 September 2019. The winner will be announced in early October 2019. 

21) Fitzcarraldo Editions reserves the right to organise a meeting with all shortlisted writers to discuss their novel before the award of the prize. 

22) Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

23) No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.

24) The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

25) Fitzcarraldo Editions will have the exclusive world right to publish the winning novel.

26)  Fitzcarraldo Editions reserves the right not to award the prize this year, or to make multiple offers of publication. 

27) Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.

28) By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.