2022 First Chapter Comp Longlist

Many thanks to everyone who sent us the opening of their novels for this year’s First Chapter competition. We received over 200 entries and have enjoyed being transported to many different worlds through many unique voices.

Congratulations to the writers of the following novels as their chapters have now gone through to the longlist! No telling which is yours though as we are still reading anonymously. We’ll be back with the shortlist as soon as we can!

  • A Girl Called Redemption
  • A Perfect World for Alice
  • A Slip of a Girl Again
  • All That Is The Case
  • Being Foreign
  • Céline and Adèle
  • China China
  • Daughters of London
  • Divine Intervention
  • Margot Baker Knows Best
  • Persona
  • Spinifex Drift
  • Starting Block: A Novel
  • Such Stuff as Dreams
  • The Baby in the Box
  • The Beneficent
  • The Failure of Light
  • The Grateful Water
  • The Man Who Got Out of Japan
  • The Petticoat Pugilist
  • The Pre-Pact Christmas
  • The Scattering
  • The Shanty Keeper’s Wife
  • The War Between Us
  • The Witches of Barleyford
  • Untold
  • Where the Sunbeams Go