The 2022 Grindstone International Novel Prize is open to authors from all around the world, and is aimed at discovering and elevating new and unsung authors. Authors may submit finished or part-finished manuscripts providing they are not currently represented by an agent. We forward all longlisted works to some of the best agencies in the UK such as Curtis Brown Books, Conville and Walsh, Janklow & Nesbitt, the Paper Literary Agency, the Good Literary Agency, and so many more. A full list can be found on our Affiliated Agents Page.

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Prize Overview

  1. The 2022 International Novel Prize is open to authors from all countries, providing their submissions are in English.

  2. The prize is open to authors who are; unrepresented and unpublished, unrepresented and self-published, or previously published but currently unrepresented. Authors who are currently represented are ineligible to enter. If you have been recently published, please get in touch with us prior to entry to confirm your eligibility.

  3. Entrants are asked to submit the first 5,000 words of their finished or part-finished manuscripts, accompanied by a brief synopsis, via our integrated submission platform.

  4. Manuscripts must have a finished, or projected-finished length of at least 50,000 words.

  5. Entries of all genres are accepted, with the exception of work aimed at children. YA is accepted.

  6. The competition will be run across three entry phrases; the Super Early Bird, Early Bird, and Final phases.

  7. Entrants may enter multiple entries, or revised versions of previous entries, however, all entries must be accompanied by their own entry fee.

  8. All entries will be judged internally, and winners will be selected at our discretion. All shortlisted entries will be forwarded to our affiliated agents, and all prize fees will be paid via PayPal.

Note: As of May 26th 2022, entrants will no longer be able to request critical feedback at an additional charge due to limited judge availability. We apologise for any inconvenience, but wish to assure entrants that the prize will run as normal, and those who have already entered and requested feedback prior to the above date will still receive it on schedule.

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 International Novel Prize. We look forward to reading your work!

Prize List

  • Winner: £1,000

  • Runner Up: £500

  • 4x Shortlist: £125

  • Longlist: Entries forwarded to affiliated agents.

Note: The work of the winner, runner up, and shortlisted entrants will also be forwarded to our affiliated agents.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Super Early Bird submission deadline: Midnight May 1st 2022

    • Results: September 1st 2022​

  • Early Bird submission deadline: Midnight July 1st 2022

    • Results: September 1st 2022​

  • Final submission deadline: Midnight October 1st 2022

    • Results: December 1st 2022​

Note: On September 1st 2022, all Super Early Bird and Early Bird entrants will receive the result of their submission which will inform them whether their work has moved on to the 'longlisting' stage, where it will be re-read alongside work from the later phases for consideration to be placed in the longlist. Authors entering in the Early phrases will also receive any previously requested feedback by September 1st 2022.


Note II: We will announce the final longlist, shortlist, and winners on December 1st 2022. Authors entering in the final submission phase will receive any feedback and the result of whether their work reached the 'longlisting' phase on this date.

Note III: Authors who enter during the Early phases of the competition may revise and resubmit another version of their work in the final phase if they wish. Authors may also submit something else in the final phase if they wish. In both cases, another entry fee must be paid.

Entry Fees

  • Super Early Bird submissions: £16.00

  • Early Bird submissions: £18.00

  • Final Phase submissions: £20.00

Note: Critical feedback is no longer being offered for the 2022 Novel Prize as an addition to entries as of May 26th 2022 due to limited judge availability. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Note II: Entrants of limited means or with low income may be entitled to fee concessions or sponsored entries. If you feel you may qualify for a concession or sponsored entry, please reach out to us at with the subject: Sponsored Entry Query

What To Submit

  • The first 5,000 words of any finished or part-finished manuscript that exceeds (or is projected to exceed) 50,000 words in total length.

  • All genres are accepted, but work must be aimed at Adult or YA audiences. Stories aimed at children are not eligible to be submitted.

  • Entrants are required to submit a single PDF document including a Title Page, their Synopsis, and Competition Entry

    • Title Page: this page should include the title of the manuscript, the genre, the completed word count, or projected completed word count if your manuscript is unfinished. Title pages should not include any identifying data. Entries should be submitted anonymously.

    • Synopsis: this page should include a 300 word (approx.) single-page synopsis. This should be informative yet enjoyable to read. It should outline the broad strokes of the plot and present key characters and themes. More information can be found on crafting a synopsis on our Blog, accessible at the bottom of this page. If the synopsis runs across two pages, this is fine.​

    • Competition Entry: please submit the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. We allow a 10% margin in order for you to be able to clip to a natural break.

  • Entrants are asked to submit their work in Times New Roman font, size 12 or 14, with either 1.5 or double line spacing for ease of reading. Other, easily readable fonts are acceptable. If your work requires specific formatting for its form/design, this is fine.

Note: Entries must be in PDF format. Other file types cannot be uploaded and non-PDF entries will not be able to be considered. If you need help producing a PDF of your entry, please read this blog post. If you have any other questions, please get in touch via with the subject line: Novel Prize Query

How To Submit

  • Entries must be made using Grindstone Literary's online submission Dashboard (accessible at the top of this page, or via the submit button below).

  • Entrants will be required to sign up to use this platform (or log in if previously registered). This platform is FREE, and requires no payment to use. It is required only to allow users to make submissions and view the results of a competition and any feedback they have requested. Note: Payment is still required to submit an entry.

  • Entrants may visit: at any time to register an account or log in, or click the 'Dashboard' link at the top of this page.

  • Once an account has been registered and verified, you can submit by clicking the 'Novel Prize' button on the left-hand menu, or by clicking the submit button at the bottom of this page.

  • More information on our User Dashboard system can be found on this blog post.

  • Entry fees must be paid at the time of entry using PayPal. Entrants who do not have a PayPal account may sign up for free, or use the 'Check Out As Guest' option below the payment button if available in their country of residence. If you are unable to use PayPal for a specific reason, please get in touch with us prior to entering.

  • The winning entries will be announced via email and on social media. You may also view the result of your submission in your user dashboard following the announcement date.

Terms and Further Rules

  • The Grindstone Novel Prize is open to unrepresented authors only.

  • Previously published authors are eligible to enter providing they are not still under contract or represented.

  • Self-published authors are also eligible providing they are not represented.

  • Manuscripts which have been published traditionally by either a mainstream or independent publisher are ineligible to be entered.

  • Self-published work is eligible to be entered.

  • Entries which are aimed at either Young Adult or Adult audiences are eligible for entry. Work aimed at children is not eligible.

  • Submissions of both finished or part-finished manuscripts are accepted. The finished or projected-finished length must exceed 50,000 words as a minimum.

  • Authors must have a projected finish time within 6 months of the final submission deadline to be eligible to enter.

  • Entries must be submitted as PDFs.

  • Entrants may only submit ONE PDF document at the time of entry, and as such the title page, synopsis, and manuscript opening must be included in a single document.

  • Entrants will not be able to revise or alter their entries once submitted and no further documents can be added or attached.

  • Entrants must be 18 or over to submit.

  • Entrants may submit to this competition simultaneously, ie. submit the same piece of work to both this competition and another competition at the same time. Please let us know if your work is longlisted or shortlisted in another competition.

  • Entrants may submit from any country, providing their entry is in English.

  • Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish. Each entry must have a valid fee paid at the time of entry.

  • Entrants who do not pay for feedback will not receive any further information regarding the reasoning for why their entry was or was not chosen to move forward.

  • No disputes or communications will be entered into regarding the results of any submissions.

  • We reserve the right to disqualify entrants if we feel they violate the above terms. 

  • Any work found to be plagiarised, hateful, gratuitous, or offensive may be disqualified at our discretion. ​

Please be respectful of both this competition and our readers. We hope that you enjoy competing, and good luck. For any more information, email with the subject line 'Novel Prize Rules Query'. Please bear in mind that due to a large number of emails, we may take several days to respond.

Thank you, and good luck!

Grindstone is proud to work with wonderful sites like Almond Press and Christopher Fielden, which provide invaluable resources to aspiring writers.