The Bywater Prize for Fiction

At Bywater Books, we love good books about lesbians just like you do, and we’re committed to bringing the best of contemporary lesbian writing to our avid readers. Our editorial team is dedicated to finding and developing outstanding writers who create books you won’t want to put down.  We sponsor the Bywater Prize for Fiction to help with this quest. Each prizewinner receives $1,000 and publication of their novel.

We have already discovered amazing writers like Jill Malone, Sally Bellerose, and Hilary Sloin through the Bywater Prize.

Which exciting new writer will we find next?

* Only complete manuscripts will be accepted for the Bywater Prize for Fiction

Bywater Prize for Fiction Manuscript Submission

Be sure to read our list of submission tips first.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf, txt, rtf, docx.
    Please submit only Word (.doc or .docx), PDF (.pdf), Text (.txt), or RTF (.rtf) files.
  • Example: "A PI novel set in New Orleans" or "A romance set in Edwardian England"
  • Examples: "I am a forensic pathologist, police detective, etc., and am using my background for this book." "I have published four other novels."




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