Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition 2016

Sometimes we need a push or a deadline to get us going in the right direction. If your New Year’s resolution is to get started on a novel then the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition 2016 might be just the push you need.

The competition is for crime/thriller or women’s fiction novels. First prize is a book deal and a £10,000 advance!

To win you need to send a full synopsis, 5,000 words of the novel, a 100 word bio and a completed entry form before the closing date of 31st March 2016. The entry form is in the February edition of Good Housekeeping which is in the shops now. All the terms and conditions are also in the magazine – make sure you check them out before entering.

It’s a great prize and so the competition will be tough. But you never know – it could be you! And even if you don’t win, you’ll have the beginning plus a full outline of a novel to work on for the rest of the year.

Get writing and Good Luck!


  1. #1 by Steve Wand on January 12, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Something tells me you’ll be having a shot at this – the best of luck if you do.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on January 12, 2016 - 9:06 am

      I’ve bought the magazine with a view to entering, Steve. But I’m still searching for an idea!

  2. #3 by Tracy Fells on January 13, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    Thanks for this, Sally, as I hadn’t heard about it. As I’m just starting to write a crime/thriller novel this is a perfect one for me. The £4.20 magazine prize was a shock (bit out of touch with mag costs) but a bargain compared to most novel competition entry fees. Now I have a deadline to get 5,000 words done!

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on January 14, 2016 - 7:41 am

      I was shocked at the magazine cover price too, Tracy! Good Luck getting those 5000 words down.

  3. #5 by Patsy on January 15, 2016 - 10:30 am

    I need deadlines too! Competitions help with that, but I also set them for myself to make sire I get things done.

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on January 15, 2016 - 5:00 pm

      I’m not very good with ‘home-made’ deadlines, Patsy. They have a tendency to move outwards!

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