Retreat West is all about reading and writing fiction. Learn with great authors on residential writing retreats and online courses; get published and paid in the competitions; and improve your skills with the courses and editorial reviews.

Our Author Members also get ongoing motivation and inspiration via email; discounts on the courses and retreats; free entries to the comps and free copies of the books we publish; a supportive online community; and priority booking when new courses are launched.


Retreat West Books (Winner Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards) publishes short story collections, novels and memoirs.

SEND US THE OPENING LINES OF YOUR NOVEL TO WIN AN EDITORIAL REPORT
Do you have a complete draft of a novel and not sure what to do with it next?
In our Opening Lines contest you can win a review from a professional editor to help you take it to the next level. You’ll get a full report telling you what’s working well and what needs developing that will cover structure, pace, prose, plot, characters and more.

  • 1st Prize: An editorial report on a full MS up to 80K words
  • 2nd Prize: An editorial report on first 10K words
  • 3rd Prize: Feedback on your opening chapter


ENTRY FEE: £10


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Send the first two paragraphs of your novel to be in with a chance of winning an editorial report.

MAX WORD COUNT FOR OPENING LINES SUBMISSION: 350

DEADLINE: 26th March 2023


COMPETITION T&CS

  • Submit your opening lines only through Submittable using the button below by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry – any entries that have included prologues, more than 350 words and/or a synopsis will be disqualified and fees will not be returned).
  • International entries are welcome but all entries must be written in English and can be up to 350 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction). Email entries are not accepted.
  • Name the document you upload with your novel title.
  • Please use a 12pt or 14pt easy-to-read font and double spacing.
  • Do not include your name on the document, the title of your entry or the document you upload as it is judged anonymously. Any entries that have the author’s name on them will be automatically disqualified.
  • The novel should be unpublished and not have been accepted by an agent or publisher – if it is accepted by an agent or publisher after submission but before the judging takes place then it will no longer be eligible and entry fees will not be refunded.
  • You can enter as many times as you like but each entry must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • There are no alternative prizes.



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Submit your short stories, flash fictions and micro fictions for the new journal from Retreat West.

See the full guidelines here: https://westword.uk/submissions/

The new annual prize from Retreat West's WestWord journal. 

All winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the online anthology edition of WestWord.

Winners in each category will be chosen by the WestWord editorial team and will receive a cash prize.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 25TH JUNE 2023
THEME: WILD
See the categories, prizes and detailed submission info on the website: 
https://westword.uk/westword-prize/
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