The prize

First Prize – £1000, trophy and online publishing contract.

Shortlisted writers – ​ trophy.

Closing Date: 31st September 2022

Judges (to be confirmed): previous DCI Novel Prize winner, an internationally recognised writer and a literary agent.

Eligibility: unpublished, self-published and independently published writers worldwide.

Submissions: first 5,000 words plus a one-page synopsis of novel manuscripts in any genre.


Longlist will be published the 1st November 2022, we encourage early entries to speed up the process.

Shortlist will be published the 1st December 2022.

Winner will be announced the 31st of December 2022.