2019 Novel Prize Longlist

Many thanks to all of the writers who sent in your novel openings for the second annual Retreat West Novel Prize. It has been great to read all 90 entries. After a lot of deliberation, 22 titles have been longlisted for further re-reading over the coming weeks.

All the entries are being read anonymously at this stage so if your story is listed below, by all means shout out about it on social media but please don’t let us know which story is yours just yet! Good luck with the next stage!


  1. Aftershocks
  2. Angelville
  3. Children of the Revolution
  4. Driverless
  5. Fifty Pence for the Hallelujah Tree
  6. Fixing Pete Hamilton
  7. Hard and Bright
  8. In the Outlines of Nothing
  9. Rona Rats
  10. Sam
  11. Signs of Amelia
  12. Sin Bin
  13. Some Like it Cold
  14. T-Day
  15. The Auspice
  16. The Butcher’s Daughter
  17. The Farmhouse
  18. The Geneticist’s Daughter
  19. The Miraculous Music of Clara Martinelli
  20. The Sound of One Hand Clapping
  21. The Street Sweeper
  22. The Unbordered Selma

Well done to all of these writers! We’ll announce the shortlist on social media over the coming weeks, alternatively, subscribe to our newsletter and never miss an announcement.

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