The Bath Novel Award is a £2,500 international prize for emerging novelists. The 2018 judge is Felicity Blunt of Curtis Brown.
1,201 novels were submitted between 1st December 2017 and 30th April 2018. Voting proved exceptionally close, with maximum votes awarded to an unprecedented four novels and a final longlist of 24.
Entries were received from writers in 38 countries. One in four longlisted titles are by writers from outside the UK including one with two titles on the list.
Three writers are returning longlistees: two with revised drafts and one with a new manuscript.
One longlistee will win a place, worth £1,800, on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy’s online course Edit Your Novel the Professional Way.
The cast of this year’s longlisted novels come from all walks of life, including: a gutsy Lagos housemaid; a disabled barman in C19th Victoria; a convict on the run in Cambridge; a young British Muslim in England’s industrial north; sinister and fantastical literary agents; an estranged family caught in Californian wildfire and a group of young London women taking back power.
The judges read “blind” so the longlisted writers’ identities are under wraps until Felicity Blunt has announced the winning novel at a ceremony on September 13th.
In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 24 standout titles:
The Bath Novel Award 2018 Longlist:
|A Little Bit Broken
|Bye Bye Baby
|Everything’s Ahead of Her
|I’ll Wait There For You
|Lost Journals of Sundown
|Rounding Meg’s Corners
|Sisters They Never Had
|The Girl with the Louding Voice
|The Glass Hotel
|The Midas Dance
|The Triplets of the Chosen
|We Are Stardust
|Where the Road Darkens
Congratulations to all longlisted titles.
The Bath Novel Award 2018 Shortlist will be announced at noon BST on July 18th 2018.
To find out more, follow the link: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2018/05/24/2018-longlist/
BATH NOVEL AWARD: 2017 LONGLIST ANNOUNCEMENT
This year a record 1,163 novels were submitted by writers in 48 countries.
Of the 33 novels selected for this year’s longlist, one third are by writers based outside the UK, including Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA. Novel settings range from the UK to Ukraine, time travel in Wales, earthquakes in El Salvador, deadly Norwegian forests, even a sunless future Birmingham. Two thirds of the novels are by women writers and one male writer has two novels listed. Six writers have been longlisted by us before, either for an earlier draft or a different book. In terms of genre, literary, psychological suspense, thrillers, YA, women’s and crime lead our 2017 longlist, followed by historical, comedy, fantasy and speculative novels. Notable trends amongst the final 33 include the rise of the immigrant hero, activist lit and a distinct upswing in novels with themes about deception – by those in power and of ourselves – and the search for love, light and life in the darkest of days.
As our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the winner, as chosen by literary agent Laura Williams of Peters, Fraser Dunlop is announced on July 6th. Shortlisted titles will be announced on June 14th.
In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 33 standout titles:
- After the Lunch
- Brave Girls
- Enemies at the Gate
- Finding Freedom
- Forget Me Not
- In a Rushdie Winter
- Jacob’s Ladder
- Jonathon Fairfax Must Be Destroyed
- Lost Journals at Sundown
- Mountainous Regions of the Heart
- One of Us
- Over the Coconut Trees
- Start Wearing Purple for Me Now
- Strangers on a Bridge
- The Binding Frame
- The History of You
- The Light Factory
- The Lost Sister
- The Pact
- The Pear Drum
- The Proof of the Outside
- The Silence of Shannon
- The Still Gate
- What Was Left Behind
- Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart
Via: 2017 Longlist: The Bath Novel Award
And the Bath Children’s Novel Award winners are… *drum roll please*
Via Bath Children’s Novel Award Winner’s Announcement | The Bath Novel Award
Guest blog by Gillian McAllister:
“When writing a novel we become blind to its flaws. An author friend and I like to joke that we would and also really wouldn’t like to erase our memories and read our work afresh. In the absence of memory wiping, here are five ways I ensure there are as few typos as possible at the point when I press ‘send’…”
via Five final steps before sending off a draft | The Bath Novel Award
THE BATH CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD 2016 LONGLIST.
This year, 715 manuscripts were submitted by unsigned writers across the globe. From an incredibly strong field, 26 novels have been longlisted, with a range of settings from 19th century Castile to future wintry worlds via coastal Devon, Texan creeks and a sewage tunnel beneath Buckingham Palace…
via 2016 Longlist Announcement | The Bath Novel Award