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Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Prize
Closing date: 27th July 2017.
Prizes: £2,000.
Entry fee: £15.
Looking for: An uncommissioned biography by a first-time biographer. Submit a proposal of up to 20 pages, including synopsis, sample chapter (both double-spaced), CV; sources and a note on the market for the book. Mandatory entry form available on the website.
Email: ariane.bankes@gmail.com
Website: www.biographersclub.co.uk

Cinnamon Press Debut Novel or Novella
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: A year's mentoring, publishing contract, 100 copies of the novel.
Entry fee: £12.
Looking for: The first 10,000 of an unpublished novel or novella by a debut novelist.
Email: jan@cinnamonpress.com
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com

Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain literature
Closing date: 1st August 2017.
Prizes: £3,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: Book-length literature (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry) concerned with the mountain environment.
Email: steve@people-matter.co.uk
Website: www.boardmantasker.com

Wellcome Book Prize
Closing date: 8th September 2017.
Prizes: £30,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: The best literature (fiction or non-fiction) with a medical or biomedical theme published in 2016, must be submitted by publisher.
Website: wellcomebookprize.org/about-the-wellcome-book-prize

Mslexia Publications Women's Novel Competition 2017
Closing date: 18th September 2017.
Prizes: This year's winner will receive the £5,000 prize.
Entry fee: £25.00.
Looking for: Novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists.
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length (not including the title).
Further info: This year's winner will be chosen by 'queen of British historical fiction' Philippa Gregory. Joining her on the panel are agent Sarah Such and literary journalist Alex Clark.
Website: mslexia.co.uk/womens-novel-competition-2017/

Bracken Bower Prize
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: £15,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: Best proposal for a business book on the challenges and opportunities for growth from a writer under 35.
Email: brackenbower@ft.com
Website: www.ft.com/work-careers/bracken-bower

McKitterick Prize
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £4,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: the best first novel by an author over the age of 40 on 31 December.
Email: info@societyofauthors.org
Website: www.societyofauthors.org

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner's up prize of £200.
Entry fee: £10. Optional critique: £25.
Further info: The judges will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing.
Email: entry@flash500.com
Website: www.flash500.com/novel.html

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018
Entries close: 1st November, 2017 - Winner announced: February, 2018.
Prize: £1,000 for winner. Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a free place on a week-long residential course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre.
Entry fee: £25.
Looking for: First 20 pages + 200-word synopsis and cover sheet.
Further info: Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.
Full terms and contact details: thecaledonianovelaward.com/rules-entry/

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