Here we bring you a selection of the latest news and opportunities for writers.
Deadline: 30 November 2019
The East Riding Festival of Words 2019 poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My Mind, My Thoughts'. Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Poems are submitted anonymously, so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the special event, Poet Fest, in Bridlington in January 2020.
Deadline: 30 September 2019
We’re excited to open for entries to our third Flash Fiction Competition – the category for writers who prefer to keep their storytelling concise. Our judge, Kathy Fish – the writer behind the flash phenomenon ‘Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild‘ – is a short-form expert, perfectly placed to find the very best of our entries.
Deadline: 16 September 2019
The Mslexia and PBS Women's Poetry Competitions 2019:
• Women's Poetry Competition: Enter three poems of any length for the entry fee of £10. The judge is Malika Booker. The first prize is £2,000 plus optional mentoring and a writing retreat. There a second prize of £400 and a third prize of £250. 17 finalists will each get £250 and the best entry by an unpublished poet will win £250.
• Women's Pamphlet Competition: For women who have not previously published a full collection. Submit up to 24 pages of poetry (up to 20 poems). The entry fee is £20 and the judge is Amy Wack. The winner's pamphlet will be published by Seren Books and the winner will get £250.
Deadline: 15 July 2019
Sine Theta Magazine
Our upcoming Issue #12 “THUNDER (雷)” marks three years of Sine Theta! To celebrate, we invite you to participate in our first-ever summer writing competition! We are delighted to welcome back previously featured writers Nancy Huang (poetry, author of Favorite Daughter) and Sharlene Teo (prose, author of Ponti) as judges.
Deadline: 7th June 2019
We’re delighted to announce that Bi’an has been offered a free place for the Manchester Writing School Creative Writing Summer School on June 21st and 22nd 2019. This two-day intensive course is designed to give participants a taste of life in the Manchester Writing School, introducing them to tutors and current students, and offering opportunities to develop and pitch their own writing in a lively and supportive environment.
Deadline: 1st May 2019
The Bristol Short Story Prize is open until May 1st, 2019.
Submit stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. There are 17 runner-up prizes of £100 each. The twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology.
Entry Fee : £9
Deadline: 24 February 2019
Small books, big ideas–we’re looking for a few good writers.
Inventive. Hidden. Compelling. Unrecognised. Challenging. Unheard. Beautiful. Ambitious.
Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South seek the best poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance.
We’re looking for manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page). Six writers will be selected, supported to polish their manuscripts and further their careers, and be published in individual short books.
Deadline: 8 February 2019
The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize is open until February 8, 2019 (noon).
Open to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published.
Submit the first 40-50 pages and a synopsis of the remainder (5-10 pages).
The winner will receive £1,500. The shortlisted entrants will receive a consultation with a Peters Fraser Dunlop agent. Shortlisted entrants will also be invited to the Annual Fiction Prize dinner at Lucy Cavendish College, on the evening of Thursday 23 May 2019.
Deadline: 21 January 2019
The Nine Dots Prize is open until January 21, 2019.
Free to enter.
Submit a 3,000 word response to the question: Is there still no place like home?
Prize: $100,000 to write a book expanding on your ideas.
The Script Room
Script Room is BBC Writers Room system for receiving unsolicited original scripts.
The next Script Room will be for Drama scripts. The exact dates are still to be confirmed but it is likely to be open for submissions towards the end of 2018. Dates will be announced here and on our social media.
Deadline: 5th December 2018
The RSL’s Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation. Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project. Launched as part of the RSL’s Literature Matters programme, priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters.
Deadline: Fri 30 Nov 2018
We are looking for a vibrant debut novel for young adults set in today’s multi-cultural Britain. Open to any writer living in the UK. The prize is £1000 and possible publication by independent publisher Everything With Words. The short list will be judged by Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy and winner of the Bookseller’s YA prize. Free to enter.
Deadline: Fri 30 Nov 2018
At Wundor, our aim is to champion adventurous writing in all its forms. There is no specific theme for our 2018 poetry contest, other than that we are looking to be surprised. Poems may be of any length. Open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 or over.
Deadline: Fri 30 Nov 2018
This year's competition is for a full collection of nature, spiritual and environmental poetry. The winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press.
Deadline: Mon 31 Dec 2018
The Moth Poetry Prize offers one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. One prize of €10,000 plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000.
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