Blue Pencil First Novel Award 2021

First Novel Award 2021

The Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre

Winner: £1,000 + Agent Introduction  

Runner up: Manuscript Review + Agent Introduction

Highly Commended: Agent Introduction

To Enter Simply click on the Pay Now Button.

You will be directed to Paypal to make one payment of £20 per entry.

After the payment is successful, you will be directed to the submission page automatically.

This year we are offering a minimum of 10 free entries for UK based writers on low incomes or from communities traditionally under represented in publishing.
The most promising submissions will be selected by the BPA team.
See submissions details below for more information


Literary Agent: Hellie Ogden of Janklow & Nesbit

Author: Kiran Millward-Hargrave

The team at Blue Pencil Agency will oversee all submissions.

Submission: Opening chapter or chapters up to 5000 words plus a 300 word synopsis and a covering letter

Entry fee: £20 for each submission. Online entry only. 

Closing date for submissions: May 31, 2021

Long listed writers will be contacted by email with announcements of the titles on the website in July.

Short listed writers will be asked to submit 20,000 words (includes the initial entry).

The winners will be notified by email and announced on October 30, 2021.

Favourite Lines: we will post our favourite lines on social media from April until the Long List announcement in July.

For tips and advice on what Hellie is looking for, join us on zoom March 23 November from 6.00 – 7.30 pm. For more details and to sign up go to our online events.