The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

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.

The award is run in conjunction with industry partners The Literary Consultancy,  - the UK's first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service, A. M. Heath Literary Agents and Tinder Press.

Entry fee:  £20 for each novel submitted. 

Please note: the novel award is open to writers in Britain and Ireland. British and Irish nationals living overseas are not eligible.

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


An new anthology will be produced from 2019 onwards with extracts from the twenty novels that form the long-list for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a  First Novel. This will be published in October 2019 to coincide with the prize-giving ceremony and announcement of the results of the 2019 competition

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

2018 Novel Extracts

Read an extract of The Messenger by Megan Davis who won First Prize for the Peggy Chapman Andrews Award in 2018. 

Read an extract of The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby who was Runner Up in the Peggy Chapman Andrews Award in 2018. 






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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

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