THE BATH NOVEL AWARD – Prize: £1,000

an international prize for unpublished & independently published novelists
Close: March 31st 2015

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The Bath Novel Award 2015 is currently OPEN for entries. Submissions are invited for the first 5,000 words of novels in any genre written for adults or young adults, to be received by us no later than midnight GMT on March 31st 2015. Prize: £1,000.


    2015 novel writing contest

  • The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2015 will receive a cheque for £1,000 plus our Minerva trophy, designed by Jessica Palmer
  • Entries close at midnight GMT on March 31st 2015
  • Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult (13+) readers. Children’s novels are not eligible.
  • Submissions should include (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel plus a one page synopsis and separate covering page
  • Your novel extract should be double-spaced (apart from the synopsis which should be single-spaced) in a size 12 font. Include the title. As entries are read anonymously, your name should not appear anywhere on the novel extract or synopsis
  • On your cover page, state your name, address, telephone number, email address, novel title, genre, submission word count, method of payment plus where you heard about us
  • Hard copy submissions should be typed on single-sided A4 paper. If you require acknowledgement for a postal entry, please enclose a SAE
  • The entrance fee is £20 per novel. You may enter more than one novel. Entrants should not have had a novel accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. Self-published novels are eligible
  • Longlisted entrants will be contacted during April 2015 and asked to submit their full manuscript, which should be at least 50,000 words long, for the final judging stage
  • Shortlisted entrants will be contacted in June 2015 and listed on our site. The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2015 will be announced in July 2015
  • Novels must be your original work and in English
  • Submissions cannot be altered after entry
  • Entrants must be 16 years or over
  • Entries are open to any nationality and country
  • The winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes
  • Entrants retain full copyright of their submissions, however by entering, all entrants give The Bath Novel Award permission to post the first chapter (or 3,000 words) of any shortlisted entries on our site
  • Entrants employed by The Bath Novel Award or represented by United Agents are not eligible
  • Entries that do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified
To ENTER, please pay the entry fee of £20 GBP per novel by one of the below three options:
  • PAYPAL or BANK TRANSFER: a/c # 22562591 (“The Bath Novel Award”) Sort Code 60-24-77 (NatWest Bank, Bath, UK)
  • CHEQUE or POSTAL ORDER (UK currencies only) payable to “The Bath Novel Award” sent to The Bath Novel Award, 12 Great Pulteney Street,
    Bath BA2 4BR 
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Then SUBMIT your novel by one of the two below options:

  • ONLINE: Save your novel extract and synopsis in ONE pdf or Word Doc, save your cover sheet in another then email as two attachments to quoting the title of your novel in the email subject box.
  • POSTAL: Mail your cover sheet, novel extract and synopsis to: The Bath Novel Award, 12 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4BR, England, UK



International Letter Writing Contest for Young People

Letter Writing Contest for Young PeopleOrganizer: The United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Theme: Tell us about the world you want to grow up in
Deadline: April, 30
Prizes: The first three international winners will receive medals (gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third)


2015 International Letter Writing Contest for Young People

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals for the period 2000-2015 are coming to a close and the world body is getting ready to adopt its post-2015 sustainable development agenda to further the tremendous progress already achieved in education, life expectancy, poverty reduction, and disease control.

From 2015 onwards, efforts will continue to achieve “a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace”, states the United Nations, which will propose an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN member states at a summit in September 2015.

The UPU competition gives youth worldwide an opportunity to express themselves on their hopes for the world we live in, and the possible solutions they see to the issues and challenges facing the planet. The winners will be announced in 2015, just before the UN Summit.


  1. Young people between the age of 9 to 15 years may take part in the competition.
  2. The UPU International Bureau (IB) cannot accept entries sent directly by schools or private individuals.
  3. The organizers designated by member countries must respect the competition’s organizational principles, which specify that they are solely responsible for organizing the national stage of the competition and therefore must provide all the parties concerned with their own contact details and not those of the IB.
  4. The organizers should select their country’s best composition (one composition per country or territory only) and send it to the IB no later than 30 April.

Submission of applications

  1. All entries must be submitted by post, by e-mail or by fax to: +41 31 350 37 11.
  2. All entries must include:
  3. the composition (typed) in either Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. If the original is handwritten, the organizer should type up the text on a computer and submit the original with a translation into English, French or Spanish (as preferred) of the original composition if it has been written in a language other than those mentioned above.
  4. a cover letter from the organizing body.
  5. a duly completed entry form, including the contact details of the candidate and the national competition coordinator; this form is available opposite to download.
  6. a good quality digital photograph of the candidate, preferably in JPEG format (at least 300 dpi).
  7. Presentation and content of entries
  8. The compositions submitted must be recent, unpublished letters.
  9. Compositions must be presented in the form of a letter (“Dear ……..”, include the address of both the addressee and the sender, and end with a signature).
  10. Entries must strictly respect the set theme.
  11. Entries must strictly adhere to the number of words permitted in the original language (between 500 and 800).

Organizational principles

Each member country organizes a letter-writing competition for young people in its territory as suits it best, but preferably with the help of the national education authorities, and selects the best entry. The best entry is chosen in accordance with the general rules of the competition.

Participating member countries must send their best entry to the IB, together with all the required documents, to the IB by no later than 30 April.
Jury’s decision and announcement of results

The IB will designate a jury responsible for assessing the letters selected. This jury will choose the best three entries, the authors of which will each receive a medal, and may also select up to five other entries, whose authors will receive a special mention.
The IB will inform the countries concerned of the results by letter.


The first three international winners will receive medals (gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third) struck by the IB, as well as a certificate and other prizes offered by the UPU.
Member countries may also award additional prizes to their international prize-winners, at their discretion.

It is recommended that the prize-giving ceremonies be held on 9 October, the anniversary of the foundation of the UPU, to form part of the activities connected with World Post Day.


The IB will communicate the names of the prize-winners by letter as soon as it receives the results from the jury, in principle no later than early September of the competition year.
International letter-writing competition for young people

Form Entry. Source here.

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