2022 Opening Lines Comp Shortlist

Well done again to all who made it to the longlist. It has been a hard decision to make at this stage as there is so much to recommend about all of the novel openings that were longlisted.

So huge congrats to the authors of our 10 shortlisted novels.


  • And Then She Fell
  • Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • Blue Is Not A Colour
  • Dog’s Cottage
  • Earth In The Sky
  • Lifesaver
  • Scott/Shackleton
  • Split Fortune
  • The Embrace
  • The Picasso Puzzle

We’ll be re-reading again and announcing the results as soon as we can! Good luck to all – no telling which is yours though as we’re still reading anonymously!