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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
1 November 2019
Entry: 
Open to Commonwealth writers for unpublished stories in 11 languages No entry fee
Prize: 
Overall winner £5,000, five regional winners £2,500

Entrants can submit in 11 languages and the prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words). The five regional winners each receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives a total of £5,000.

Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum.

The prize is open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries and judged by an international panel, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth. The judges for the 2020 prize are: Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Chair), Mohale Mashigo (Africa), William Phuan (Asia), Heather O'Neill (Canada and Europe), Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw (Caribbean), and Nic Low (Pacific).

The five regional winning stories are published online by the literary magazine Granta.

Janet Steel, programme manager of Commonwealth Writers, said: "The prize is at the heart of all the work we do at Commonwealth Writers. It's a chance for new voices to shine from around the Commonwealth and be recognised on a global platform."

Last year's winner, Constantia Soteriou, said: "This prize is a recognition for giving voice to those who did not have the chance to be heard before; those who were left behind."

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National Poetry Competition 2019

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Closing date: 
31 October 2019
Entry: 
Open internationally to all poets who are 17 or over Entry fee £7 for the first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000, Second Prize £2,000, Third Prize £1,000 and 7 Commendations £200

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry CompetitionAnnual poetry prize run by the UK-based Poetry Society established in 1978; accepts entries from all over the world; over 10,000 poems submitted each year is open to anyone aged 17 or older. Run by the Poetry Society in the UK, the competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.

Ten Prizes

First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven commendations: £200

Deadline: 31 October 2019

Judges

Mona Arshi • Helen Mort
• Maurice Riordan

There will be an awards event in London in spring 2020.

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Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award 2020

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Closing date: 
31 October 2019
Entry: 
Writers writing in English and resident within the British Commonwealth and Eire, who have not yet published or self-published a full-length book No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize £10,000, 2 runners-up £1,000

Applications for the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award are now invited.

Submissions can be made from 1st June 2019 until 31st October 2019.

The Judges of the 2020 Award will be Ian Rankin (Chair), Sarah Perry and Max Porter.

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work.

Submissions for the 2020 Writers Award open on 1st June 2019 and close on the 31st October 2019.

If your submission is on the longlist you will be notified in April 2020. The shortlist will be announced in late April. The winner of the Award will be announced in London in mid-May at an event to which the three shortlisted authors will be invited.

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The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
30 September 2019
Entry: 
Open to all writers over 16 Entry fee €12
Prize: 
First Prize €1,000, Second Prize a week’s retreat at the marvellous Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

This annual award is given to the best story (of no more than 1,500 words) written by an adult for children aged 7-11.
Anyone can enter, as long as you are over 16 and your story is previously unpublished.


THE JUDGE

We are delighted to announce that Kelly McCaughrain will judge The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019.

HOW TO ENTER

The entry fee is €12 per story, and you can enter as many stories as you like.

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The PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions 2019

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Closing date: 
16 September 2019
Entry: 
All women poets - only women are eligible - Poetry £10 for up to three poems, Pamphlet £20
Prize: 
Poetry - £2000 (plus optional mentorship and writing retreat) | 2nd: £400 | 3rd: £250 Pamphlet – publication by Seren Books and £200

WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION | JUDGE MALIKA BOOKER

1st PRIZE: £2000 (plus optional mentorship and writing retreat) | 2nd: £400 | 3rd: £250 | 17 FINALISTS: £25 | UNPUBLISHED POET: £250

All women poets are invited to submit poems to our exciting competition, the winner of which will receive £2,000, an optional writing retreat with PBS Selector Sandeep Parmar and a residency kindly provided by Cove Park. For the entree fee of £10 you can submit up to 3 poems, or more across multiple submissions! Winning poets will also be featured in the MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed' women writers. Good range of quality writing, information and advice with news, reviews, competitions and interviews, all presented in a friendly fashion. Praised by Helen Dunmore as 'astute, invigorating and above all an excellent read.' www.mslexia.co.uk magazine, and a selection in the PBS Bulletin. Click here to submit online (you will need to make a Submittable account).

WOMEN'S PAMPHLET COMPETITION | JUDGE AMY WACK

Winning Prize: Pamhlet publication by Seren BooksClick for Seren Books Publishers References listing and £250.

Women poets who have not previously had a full collection published are invited to submit a new poetry pamphlet for an entrance fee of £20 (or multiple pamphlets across multiple submissions). The winning pamphlet will be selected for publication by Seren Books, and the poet will win £250!

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The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

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Closing date: 
15 September 2019
Entry: 
Open to unpublished poems from poets from all over the world writing in English £7 for the first poem, then £4 for every subsequent poem
Prize: 
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000, third prize £1,000

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time.

First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000, and third prize is £1,000.

The judges are the iconic Mexican writer, activist and ambassador Homero Aridjis and the T S Eliot Prize-winning poet Jen Hadfield.

For the first time this year, we are launching a separate prize focused on a theme or challenge encountered by environmental campaigners in their everyday work. This year's theme is Environmental Defenders, with a £500 prize for the poem that best engages with the many threats faced by activists and communities, as they protect their families, livelihoods and planet from schemes that cause devastating environmental damage. This prize is in association with Global Witness, who have catalogued the closing of political space for civil society action in their Environmental Activists campaign

The winner of the Ginkgo Prize and the winner of the Environmental Defenders Prize will be awarded week-long residencies at the Cambridge Writing Retreat.

The winners' ceremony will be held on the evening of 22 November 2019 at Swedenborg House, Bloomsbury, London.

The Ginkgo Prize is kindly sponsored by Loowatt and funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation. The prize is organised by the Poetry School.

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Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing

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Closing date: 
10 September 2019
Entry: 
Open to previously unpublished and self-published writers based in the UK No entry fee
Prize: 
An advance of £10,000, editorial mentoring and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates

A new literary prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing

Canongate has launched the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing, as Oscar-nominated actor Tilda Swinton records the audiobook of Shepherd's The Living Mountain (Canongate)

The Nan Shepherd Prize is a new competition to find the next voice in nature writing. It aims not only to celebrate nature writing but provide an inclusive platform for new and emerging nature writers from underrepresented backgrounds.

The winner of The Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing will receive a book deal with Canongate - including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000 - and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates

Literary fiction, crime writing and writing for children; non-fiction: biography, history, sport, music popular culture. Also adult fiction and general non-fiction. No poetry, science fiction, fantasy or academic.

Represents children's writers and illustrators. No reading fee. See website for submission guidelines.

Submissions by email: Prefers to receive submissions by email. You will find their individual preferences and email addresses listed on their Agents page. Please email your submission directly to the agent you feel will be most compatible with your work. They read all submissions made in order of receipt. Please note that they will only respond to submissions if they wish to read more. If you have not heard back within eight weeks then you can assume that they do not feel that the work is right for the agency.

Submissions by post: Their strong preference is for submission by email, but if this is not possible, then send a hard copy to your preferred agent at Jenny Brown Associates, 33 Argyle Place, Edinburgh EH9 1JT. They will only respond if they wish to see more. Unfortunately they are unable to return material submitted, and their policy is to recycle all materials.

For fiction: send the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter (see below).

For non-fiction: email a proposal and short example of the proposed work - a sample chapter, for instance. Please include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience.

For children's: Does not represent poetry or plays.

All submissions: Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with one of their agents please mention this. They appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.

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The Nan Shepherd Prize opened for submissions on 24 June 2019.

Nan Shepherd is one of our most beloved authors and while her classic of nature writing The Living Mountain took three decades to first find a publisher, today the book is recognised as a masterpiece and Nan is inspiring a new generation of writers. We felt that a prize named after her was a fitting way to honour her legacy.

At Canongate, we have a track record of publishing great nature writing from established voices such as Annie Dillard, Dan Richards, John Lister-Kaye and Nan Shepherd, of course, as well as launching new writers like Amy Liptrot, Charlotte Runcie and Kerri ní Dochartaigh.

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Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2019

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Closing date: 
2 September 2019
Entry: 
Open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries
Prize: 
Winners in each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is excited to launch its 2019 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

Categories: Open and English as an Additional Language.

Deadline: 2 September 2019 (23:00 BST/22:00 GMT).

£1000 to winners.

The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:

Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)
English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language)

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.

We are absolutely delighted that this year's judge is the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning author Jackie Kay., who is the Scottish Makar (Poet Laureate)

The competition deadline is 11pm BST/10pm GMT on Monday 2 September 2019. It costs £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Each poet can enter a maximum of ten poems. Please follow the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Shop. All entries must be unpublished work.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Open to writers across the world Entry fees Short Fiction £13.50, Poetry £9
Prize: 
£1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner and the Short Fiction Winner

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with a literary agency, membership of The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

Weekend Offer: Save 25% on Entry Fees

Short Fiction: NOW £13.50 WAS £18 | Poetry: NOW £9 WAS £12
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Prizes
• £1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner
• £1,000 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
• Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020
• A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
• One year print subscription to Granta
• Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
• Consultation with Redhammer Management

Specialises in works with international potential.

Unpublished authors must be professional in their approach and have major international potential, ideally book, film and/or TV.

Submissions via agents website

Children's clients include Donna Ballman, Peggy Brusseau, Gary Bushell, Brian Clegg, Maria (MG) Harris, Lucy Johnson, Amanda Lees, Michelle Paver, Kellie Santin, David Yelland.

(Short Fiction Winner)
• A complimentary copy of the Annual
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Guidelines
• Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines
• Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
• Works published elsewhere are accepted

• You may enter as many times as you wish


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The Booklife Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Authors with unpublished or self-published novels in 5 categories Entry fee $99
Prize: 
Grand Prize $5,000, category finalists a social media marketing package from BookBaby worth $1,000

The first round of the annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries http://www.publishersweekly.com/ kicked off on April 1.

The BookLife Prize is back and and looking for the next great novel.

Now in its fourth year, the BookLife Prize - a writing contest sponsored by Publishers Weekly and BookLife - will be accepting submissions for its Fiction Contest till August 31, 2019.

Authors may enter unpublished or self-published novels in five categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; and YA/Middle-Grade.

All entrants will receive a Critic's Report, a brief critical assessment of their book written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer; the grand-prize winner will receive a $5,000 writing stipend and be profiled in Publishers Weekly. Additionally, the finalists from each category will receive a social media marketing package from BookBaby worth $1,000.

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The Kindle Storyteller Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Writers of 18 or over publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing between 1st May and 31 August 2019 No entry fee
Prize: 
Grand Prize £20,000 cash, publishing agreement with Amazon Publishing and Amazon launch

The Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing between 1st May and 31 August 2019. There are some specific exclusions in the Terms and Conditions, which need carefuly reading.

Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts. One judge is Mariella Frostrup.

The Kindle Storyteller 2019 writing contest is open for entries between 1st May, 2019 and 31st August, 2019. Books must be written in English, previously unpublished and be available as an eBook and in print via Kindle Direct Publishing. The winning author will receive a £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at a central London award ceremony. Finalists will receive a Kindle Oasis Reader.

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The Tony Lothian Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
30 August 2019
Entry: 
Open to all writers with a proposal for a first biography Entry fee £15
Prize: 
£2,000

We are looking for submissions for the Tony Lothian Prize 2019, for the best proposal for a first biography. The deadline is 30 August 2019, and our judges this year are Alex Clark, Lindsay Duguid and Catherine Morris. The Tony Lothian Prize, run by the Biographers' Club, is sponsored by the Duchess of Buccleuch in memory of her mother, Antonella, Marchioness of Lothian, OBE (1922-2007).

Proposals of no more than 20 pages (unbound), including synopsis, 10-page sample chapter (double-spaced, numbered pages), CV and note on the market for the book and competing literature.

Past winners have been successful in finding agents and publishers - just this year, Cape is to publish Noble Savages by Sarah Watling (2016 winner, out in June - further details here); and O'Mara is to publish John Woolf's The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age (2017 winner; out in May).

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