The Novel Prize entry requirements


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 [email protected]

  1. The competition is open to published and unpublished writers around the world. Writers based in Africa and Europe should submit to Fitzcarraldo Editions. Writers based in the Americas should submit via New Directions; writers based in Asia and Australasia should submit to Giramondo. For more information please visit  
  2. Entrants residing in Africa and Europe should submit a full manuscript of their novel (minimum 30,000 words) to [email protected]. 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, A103, 8-12 Creekside, London SE8 3DX. 
  6. Only submissions received by email or by post by midnight on 1 June 2022 (GMT) will be considered. 
  7. Entries that are incomplete, 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 manuscript 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 Africa or Europe will not be considered or passed on to the relevant publishers.
  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 will be announced in January 2023. The winner will be announced in February 2023, and published in early 2024. 
  21. Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo and New Directions reserve the right to organise a meeting or phone call 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, Giramono and New Directions will have the exclusive world rights to publish the winning novel.
  26. Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramono and New Directions reserve 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.