New Directions, Giramondo Publishing, and Fitzcarraldo Editions are pleased to announce that The Novel Prize, the biennial award for a book-length work of literary fiction written in English by published and unpublished writers around the world, will open for entries for submissions on April 1, 2022.

The Novel Prize offers US$10,000 to the winner and simultaneous publication of their novel in North America by New Directions, in Australia and New Zealand by Sydney publisher Giramondo, and in the UK and Ireland by the London-based Fitzcarraldo Editions. The prize recognizes works which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, and are innovative and imaginative in style.

The inaugural winner of The Novel Prize was Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au, which was selected from over 1500 entries worldwide. Cold Enough for Snow was published in English in February 2022, and is set to be published in eighteen territories. Jessica Au said: “The Novel Prize has been an incredible experience—to have had the opportunity to work with publishers of the caliber of Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo Publishing, and New Directions, and for Cold Enough for Snow to be translated internationally from there, is something I will continue to be both amazed by and grateful for.”

The Novel Prize is managed by the three publishers working in collaboration. Entries will be open from April 1 to June 1, 2022, with New Directions reading submissions from the Americas, Giramondo from Asia and Australasia, and Fitzcarraldo Editions from Africa and Europe. A shortlist will be made public in December 2022, with the winner announced in February 2023. The winning novel will be published in early 2024.

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Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before submitting. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any queries not covered below, please email [email protected] with the subject line NOVEL PRIZE.

  1. The competition is open to residents of the Americas only.

  2. Entrants should submit a full manuscript of their novel (minimum 30,000 words) via the Submittable link at the bottom of this page. The manuscript should be double-spaced, 12pt.

  3. Each submission should include a cover letter including a biographical note, contact details and brief outline of the novel.

  4. The submission must be original.

  5. Only submissions received by email by midnight on June 1st, 2022 will be considered.

  6. Entries that are incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  7. The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.

  8. Co-authored entries will not be accepted.

  9. Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for books of fiction or non-fiction are eligible to enter.

  10. Writers who have published writing (fiction or non-fiction) in magazines and journals are eligible to enter.

  11. Writers who have published books of poetry are eligible to enter.

  12. Writers may submit only one proposal per iteration of the prize.

  13. The novel must be written in English (no translations).

  14. Submissions may be made by the author of the novel or (if they have one) their agent.

  15. There are no age restrictions, and we welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds.

  16. Submissions from writers residing outside of North, South, and Central America will not be considered.

  17. All submissions should include page numbers.

  18. The novel must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.

  19. A shortlist of six novels will be made public in December 2022, with the winner announced in February 2023.

  20. New Directions reserves the right to organize a meeting with all shortlisted writers to discuss their novel before the award of the prize.

  21. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

  22. No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.

  23. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

  24. New Directions will have the exclusive world right to publish the winning novel in the Americas.

  25. New Directions reserves the right not to award the prize this year, or to make multiple offers of publication.

  26. Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.

  27. By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.