2019 First Chapter Competition Longlist

Louise and I are excited to announce our longlisted chapters for the 2019 competition. We have read 311 chapters over the past couple of months and 40 of those have been longlisted. We will now re-read these to choose the shortlist of 10 that will go to the final judge, literary agent Sarah Hornsey (nee Manning) at The Bent Agency, to read.

Thanks to all of the writers who took part and we really enjoyed reading your entries. Well done to the authors of the longlisted novels below. readings are still anonymous at this stage so please don’t let us know what yours is called if it is shown here. Good luck for the next round!


2019 First Chapter Competition Longlist

  1. A Dangerous Age
  2. A Different Reality
  3. A Pair Of Blue Butterflies
  4. Another Truth
  5. Behold the Stars
  6. Caught Kissing Adam Faith
  7. Cold Harbour
  8. Descendants
  9. Hacking At The Anchor
  10. Heist Flick
  11. His Other Woman
  12. Middle C: A Novel
  13. My Name Is Ten
  14. Offerings of A Small Destiny
  15. Persona (Non Grata)
  16. Prohibition
  17. Purple Gold
  18. Red Fox Hiding
  19. Ribbons Of Light
  20. Ruby Sixpence Whistles Up A Storm
  21. Swimming Lesson
  22. The Cherry Picker
  23. The Cloth of Night
  24. The Contrabandist
  25. The Cure
  26. The Darkest Harbour
  27. The Joy Divide
  28. The Leopard’s Daughter
  29. The Mother Of Gods
  30. The Shadow Puppet
  31. The War Between Us
  32. The Wash
  33. The Whiteout
  34. There Is A Shape To Everything
  35. Undercurrent
  36. Unsound
  37. Violet
  38. We Have Ourselves
  39. Women And Children First
  40. Words We Should Have Said


We will make the shortlist announcement by the end of this month and the winners will be revealed in May. Details of the 2020 competition will be online later in the year.


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