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The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
28 June 2019
Entry: 
All new writers of Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing Entry fee £6, 2 entries £10 and 3 entries £15
Prize: 
£1,000 for each category

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is open for submissions in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. The prize was launched ten years ago to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. In this birthday year we are excited to announce that we are increasing each prize sum from £300 to £1,000.  Read more

Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

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Closing date: 
1 August 2019
Entry: 
Unpublished writers of 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, five runners-up prizes

Every book starts with a first line, every career with a first moment of inspiration.

The Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing First Novel Prize was created to find and support brilliant new voices. We can't wait to discover yours!  Read more

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award

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Closing date: 
15 June 2019
Entry: 
Open to a published or self-published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years No entry fee
Prize: 
£5,000 with three awards of £500 for runners-up

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award is an annual award, made possible by the Sunday Times and the University of Warwick.  Read more

The Borough Press and The Good Literary Agency open submissions

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Closing date: 
31 March 2019
Entry: 
UK residents and British Citizens (including those residing abroad) without a literary agent and of black, Asian or minority ethnic background No entry fee
Prize: 
£10,000 publishing contract, agency representation and mentoring from writer Nikesh Shukla

The Borough Press has teamed up with The Good Literary Agency to open submissions for un-agented BAME writers with the one winning applicant set to secure a £10,000 publishing contract, agency representation and mentoring from writer Nikesh Shukla.
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Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

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Closing date: 
1 March 2019
Entry: 
Open to writers of any nationality writing in English No entry fee
Prize: 
£15,000 for each Prize plus a publishing deal with Bonnier for Best Unpublished Manuscript

Submissions for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize are now open. The international prize is now in its fourth year. Entries are accepted from writers of any nationality, writing in English. The deadline is 1 March.

There are two categories:  Read more

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
8 February 2019
Entry: 
Open to unpublished female writers, aged 21 or over, who live in the UK or Ireland Entry fee
Prize: 
Winner £1,500 and all shortlisted entrants receive a half-hour one-to-one consultation, with our competition sponsors PFD

Lucy Cavendish Prize for Unpublished Women Writers

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. The work can be on any subject at all. We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded.  Read more

The International Rubery Book of the Year Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 March 2019
Entry: 
Open to all writers internationally who have published or self-published their work Entry fee £37
Prize: 
£1500 plus £150 for at least three category winners

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges.

It is open to all writers internationally and is awarded to a book published in print or ebook form. Books published by independent presses and self published books are eligible to enter  Read more

Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes 2018

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Closing date: 
14 September 2018
Entry: 
Open to all internationally £17.50 entry fee for each prize
Prize: 
£10,000 for each

Poetry Prize

Judges

Adam O'Riordan (Chair), Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker  Read more

Daily Mail PRH First Novel Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
13 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland and has not had a book published before, whether that is in print, e-book or self-published. No entry fee
Prize: 
A £20,000 advance and publishing contract with PRH imprint Century and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi

The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House have launched the third year of their nationwide competition to search for a new writing talent.

The winner will receive a £20,000 advance and publishing contract with PRH imprint Century and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi.  Read more

Myriad’s First Drafts Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
6 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to unpublished women writers of any nationality and of African heritage or descent.
Prize: 
Publication in the forthcoming anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby and a week's writing retreat

Myriad EditionsOnline image bank of infographics from The State of the World Atlas by Dan Smith. Useful resource for students, academics, teachers, journalists and businesses, the store will soon contain maps and graphics from their entire State of the World Atlas series. Download via Paypal, low resolution images start at $1 and high resolution images from $50. is now seeking entries for a special edition of its annual First Drafts award, now in its ninth year, to launch unpublished writers. This year, the Competition will be in celebration of Myriad's forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby OBE.  Read more

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