The Caledonia Novel Award is open to entries from 1 May 2023 and will close to entries at midnight UK time on 1 November 2023.
Technically this is the 2024 competition (as the shortlist will be announced in January 2024 and the winner announced in February 2024). You can see details of the 2023 winner and shortlist at their website.
As mentioned, the entry fee is £25 and the top prize is £1,500, plus there’s a free place on a residential writing course up for grabs for the top entry from the UK or Ireland. The week-long writing course would take place at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre which is based in the Scottish Highlands. There’s also a £500 prize for a Highly Commended entry.
There is no restriction in terms of genre as long as the novel is aimed at adults or young adults. The finished novel must be at least 50,000 words, though you should only send in the first 20 pages (plus a synopsis) when entering. The competition is open to unpublished and self-published novelists only and also only those who don’t have an agent at the time of entry.
The longlist will be announced on 1 December 2023. Longlisted authors will be invited to submit the full manuscript of their novel by 8 December 2023.