The Writers College
Global Novel Writing Competition

Struggling to write your first novel? Tired of not knowing if it’s any good, or how to tie up all those half-written chapters?

Well, we’ve got a solution for you.

The Writers College Global Novel Writing Competition is open for entries.

We are searching the world for the next big thing in literary circles! And it could be YOU.

Regardless of where you are in the world, you can enter. Win up to 24 months of mentoring with an award-winning writer to the value of $4000.00.

We are looking for a writer:

  • with a fresh voice and style,
  • a publishable novel concept,
  • seriously passionate about writing,
  • with excellent grammar and punctuation skills,
  • who wants professional mentoring to create a polished, finished, publishable novel.

To enter, submit a novel proposal in any genre before 31 July 2021.

DEADLINE: 31 July 2021



First Prize: Win the full Write a Novel Course (value $4000; 24 months of mentoring with an award-winning writer up to 70 000 words)

Two Second Prizes: Win the part Write a Novel Course (value $1695; 12 months of mentoring with an award-winning writer up to 25 000 words)


Entries will be judges by our team of award-winning authors: Alex Smith, Andrew Salomon, Fiona Ingram and Sonny Whitelaw.

Alex smith creative writing tutor at the writers college

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of five novels: 'Algeria’s Way', 'Drinking from the Dragon’s Well', 'Four Drunk Beauties', 'Devilskein & Dearlove' (published by Random House/Umuzi) and 'Agency Blue' (published by Tafelberg). Her work has been longlisted for the 'Sunday Times' Alan Paton Award, and the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. She has won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award and the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

Andrew Salomon

Andrew Salomon is a multi-award-winning author of four novels. His debut novel 'Tokoloshe Song' was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award. Additionally, his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has also received the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award.

Novel writing course, fiona ingram

Fiona Ingram

Fiona Ingram [BA Hons (Natal), MA (Wits)] is a multi-award-winning author of adult and children’s fiction. She has either won, or been a finalist for 11 esteemed writing awards. She has written eight historical romances (published by USA publisher Bublish), including 'Married at Midnight', 'The Wayward Miss Wainwright' and 'Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball'. Her interest in myths and legends, ancient history and travel led to her writing the multi-award-winning 'The Secret of the Sacred Scarab'. This is the first instalment of her children’s adventure series, 'Chronicles of the Stone'. Fiona has now completed Book Four in the series.

Creative writing tutor at the Writers College, Sonny Whitelaw

Sonny Whitelaw

Sonny Whitelaw has enjoyed a successful career as a writer for over 30 years. Her work as a photojournalist has appeared in dozens of international magazines, including 'National Geographic'. She won a Draco Award for her first novel, 'The Rhesus Factor', and all eight of her novels, including five based on the television series 'Stargate', have been international bestsellers. A qualified adult educator with an MA in Creative Writing, Sonny taught writing courses to adults and teenagers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In 2008, she moved with her teenage son to a small lifestyle property in Oxford, Canterbury. When she’s not having an enormous amount of fun exploring the South Island, Sonny splits her time between researching and writing scientific reports, editing fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and working on her own exciting young adult science fantasy series called 'The Runes of Creation'.


  • Entry is free.
  • All submissions and enquiries can be sent to Nichola Meyer:
  • The competition is open to any writer living anywhere in the world.
  • Entrants must submit a full novel proposal. This includes a cover letter in the body of the email, as well as one sample chapter in the body of the email. The cover letter can tell us a bit about your novel and you as the author.
  • The proposal must be attached as a Word document or PDF, including the first three chapters (or up to 6000 words) of the novel, and a rough chapter synopsis outlining the contents of the entire novel. As we teach you how to put together a professional proposal on the course, we aren’t evaluating the actual proposal but rather the quality of your novel and your writing.
  • Only one proposal per entrant is allowed.
  • Entries can be in any genre (sci fi, spec fic, crime, romance, historical novel, humour, memoir, literary, etc).
  • We only accept entries written in English.
  • The competition closes at midnight on 31 July 2021. The longlist will be published by 31 August, and the winners announced and displayed on our website on Thursday 30 September 2021.
  • Prizewinners will be notified via email as well as on our website; please ensure you supply a valid email address with your entry.
  • Prizes will not be transferable into cash.
  • Stories must not have been previously published. Entrants must own the copyright to the story submitted.
  • Writers retain full copyright over their work.
  • All entries will be kept in the strictest confidence and deleted once the competition is over.
  • The judges’ decision is final; no disputes will be entered into.
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within three working days, please contact us as your email may have got lost in transit.
  • The Writers College reserves the right to extend the competition deadline or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard.


  • Only e-mail submissions are acceptable. The cover letter and a sample chapter must appear in the body of the email. The proposal (first three chapters/6000 words and a chapter synopsis) must be attached as a Word or PDF document.
  • Mark your email clearly with the subject line: Writers College Global Novel Writing Competition.
  • Do not include your name on any page of your manuscript or chapter synopsis. All entries will be judged blind.
  • Use a font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 or more. Use 1.5 or double spacing between lines.
  • Make sure your story has been edited and polished. Download Grammarly (the free or paid version) if you need extra help with grammar and punctuation.

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