Prize Guidelines

In 2020, we ran two prizes for unpublished writers, seeking THE best new writing from around the globe.


Sponsored by the National Centre for Writing

Sponsored by the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, the New Anglia Manuscript Prize recognises the best new writing from Suffolk and Norfolk in the form of a debut novel from an unpublished writer. 

The winner of the 2020 New Anglia Manuscript Prize was Lucy Dixon, for her crime novel CHOKED.

We will run the prize again this year. Submissions will open on 1 October 2022 and close on 30 November. Further details to follow.


The Laxfield Literary Launch Prize was open to all unpublished authors regardless of location, and sought debut novel manuscripts of any genre. This was a one-off prize to celebrate the launch of the agency.


Heather Parry, Orpheus Builds a Girl


Timwa Lipenga, Songs From a Cabbage Patch

Fatima Kara, The Train House on Lobengula Street


  • Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Writing, Norwich
  • Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature
  • Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing
  • Emma Shercliff, Director, Laxfield Literary Associates


  • 1st October 2022: Submissions open
  • 30th November 2022: Submissions close
  • 6th January 2023: Longlist agreed
  • 1st March 2023: Winners announced


Please read the eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the submission process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of entry rules. 

1. The New Anglia Manuscript Prize competition is open to unpublished, unagented writers who live in Norfolk or Suffolk.

2. There is no charge to enter the competition.

3. Entries that are submitted after the deadline of midnight on 30th November 2022 (UK time) will not be considered.

4. The story must be the entrant’s own creation and not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.

5. Entries should be completed manuscripts with a minimum word count of 30,000 words. There is no maximum word limit.

6. The manuscript must be written in English.

7. There are no age restrictions.

8. Email submissions should be in Word document format.

9. The winners will be notified by email on the day of the announcement.

10. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

11. No editorial feedback will be offered to unsuccessful entrants.

12. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

13. The winning entries will receive £500 and representation from Laxfield Literary Associates.