The London Magazine

Debut Fiction Prize 2020
Sponsored by DeHavilland

Submissions are now CLOSED for the annual Debut Fiction Prize

The London Magazine launches its annual prize for debut fiction, sponsored by DeHavilland, for a third year running. 

The award will be administered by the magazine’s editorial team and judged by a guest panel. First launched in May 2018, the prize aims to celebrate exceptional literary fiction, inviting publishers to submit one debut work of fiction each that was published in the previous calendar year.

This can include collections of fiction by a sole author, but the book must be in its original form and language. Entries are limited to one submission per publishing imprint.

While it is open to all publishers, previous shortlists have been dominated by independent presses, with David Keenan triumphing with This Is Memorial Device (Faber) in 2018.

For last year’s winner, read Caoilinn Hughes on winning the award for her novel Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld).  The 2019 shortlist is available to read in full online.

The prize is free to enter and will be judged by a panel of literary critics Houman Barekat, Suzi Feay, and Mia Levitin, chaired by The London Magazine’s co-editor Matthew Scott.

Publishers can nominate their books on the following website by midnight on July 31st. The winner will be announced ahead of the prize-giving ceremony this winter. Entries are now CLOSED for consideration.

Enter Debut Fiction Prize 2020

Once nominated, please send the book to:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate

Thank you!

For any questions regarding the prize, please email

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