The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

"There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be." Doris Lessing

Writing a novel is a marathon effort and if you have a full or part-written novel to submit, we applaud you for your hard work to date. Submissions are welcome in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults (YA) providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. Non-fiction and fiction for children is not eligible.

Our novel award is named in honour of The Bridport Prize founder Peggy Chapman-Andrews and was established in 2014, the year after her death.

The PC-A Award is run in conjunction with industry partners The Literary Consultancy (TLC) and A. M. Heath Literary Agents.

Please note: the novel award is currently only open to writers in Britain and the Republic of Ireland

Please download and read the Entry Instructions and Rules before submitting your work. These include information on eligibility, formatting, judging and the timetable for submitting further work for long-listed and shortlisted writers.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification

Word limit: A maximum of 8,000 words from the opening chapters (5,000 words minimum) plus a synopsis of 300 words maximum.

Our partner The Literary Consultancy has information on How to write a synopsis

Entry fee:  £20 for each novel submitted.

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We know writers usually have multiple draft versions of their work. Please double check you have the correct version of your novel, including the synopsis, ready to upload. You won’t be able to substitute work once it has been submitted.

Postal Entry


1st £1,000 plus mentoring with our partner TLC
2nd £500 plus manuscript assessment
3rd 3 x £100 for shortlisted writers

"When I took the phone call telling me I'd won the Bridport prize for my first novel, I was so excited I walked with the phone out of the front door and into the street where I paced up and down, beaming. My living room wasn't big enough to hold my excitement.

Within a month of attending the lovely prize-giving event in Dorset I was signed up with the literary agency A M Heath. I am now working with 'my agent' (what a wonderful thing to be able to write!) and The Literary Consultancy (who, along with A M Heath, sponsor the Bridport), to hone my novel with the aim of getting it published.

The Bridport win means many things: validation of my work, an accolade that is recognised by other writers and those in the publishing industry, sponsorship to work with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy and, more than all of this, it allows me, after two decades of creative writing, to feel able to call myself a writer. That is the most precious thing of all."


S.M. Misra (UK) – 1st prize winner, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

Judge 2018

Kamila Shamsie

“I’ll be looking for stories that take risks, stories that understand form and are engaged with the possibilities of language, stories that stay with me long after I’ve finished reading them”.

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