2018 Retreat West Novel Prize longlist

Many thanks to all of the writers who sent in their novel openings for the first Retreat West Novel Prize. It has been great to read all 77 of them. After a lot of deliberation, I have now got a longlist of 22 titles. I shall be re-reading these over the coming weeks to choose a shortlist from and I’m aiming to announce this in early December.

I’m reading all the entries anonymously at this stage so if you’re story is listed below, by all means shout out about it on social media but please don’t let us know which story is yours yet!

2018 Retreat West Novel Prize Longlist

  • Claimed by the Sea
  • Crooked Usage
  • Everyday Strangers
  • Iron Scourge
  • Leaf and Sky
  • Lillian and the Italians
  • Locusts
  • Ocean’s Heart
  • Over My Shoulder
  • Riding a Lightbeam
  • Small Acts of Courage
  • Small Forgotten Moments
  • Songbirds of Cyprus
  • Standing Beside Love
  • Talland House
  • The Things I Didn’t Say
  • The Uganda Sails Wednesday
  • Those Who Can’t
  • Tobin and Blake
  • Traitor Girl
  • Westman
  • Winter Witness


Well done to all of these writers. I really enjoyed what I read so far.

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