The BPA First Novel Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre.
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the BPA First Novel Award 2021. Our judges this year were literary agent Hellie Ogden of Janklow & Nesbit and award-winning author Kiran Millwood-Hargrave. More than 1,100 entries were received from around the world with literary and commercial fiction, including crime, historical and sci-fi, all represented. The standard of entries was higher than ever and it was difficult to land on a longlist of 24 titles and a shortlist of 6.
Congratulations to our winners and to all those listed. We are delighted for this year’s winner, Julia Kelly, who has accepted an offer of representation from Hellie with her immersive story of a mother’s loss. The judges were also blown away by Anna Richmond’s compulsive tale of a monster in the Thames and Loretta Chefchaouni‘s strikingly original teen detective narrative.
Many thanks to all who entered. We took such pleasure in reading each entry and wish you all the best with your writing.
Submissions for the 2022 First Novel Award will open in January 2022.