Welcome to the 2014 Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing

The Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing is committed to discovering talented new writers. We are looking for genuine storytellers who impress and entertain us with drama and great characters, just as Harry Bowling did.

The prize was launched in 2000 in memory of Harry Bowling, the bestselling novelist whose publisher Headline Publishers remains its generous sponsor. Previous winners include Cathy WoodmanPip Granger and Jean Fullerton.


We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing and our Flash Fiction prize:

Novel writing prize

  • Jo Barker Scott Cut Away My Shadow

Special commendation

  • Divya Ghelani Runaway

  • Marion Oswald Henrietta Street

Flash fiction prize

Find out more about the winning entries here.

‘Refuse defeat, copy no style, never be satisfied with anything that is not your very best and, above all, write from the heart.’ Harry Bowling

Sadly, we are no longer running the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing. Thank you to everyone who’s taken part and provided such fantastic stories.