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The National Poetry Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
31 October 2020
Entry: 
Open to anyone 18 or over to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. Entry fee £7 for first entry, £4 for subsequent entries
Prize: 
First Prize: £5,000, Second Prize £2,000 and Third Prize £1,000, 7 Commendations £200

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

The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world's most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone internationally who is 18 or over. It is judged anonymously and has been won by celebrated poets and by newcomers.

Ten Prizes

First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Commendations: £200

Judges

Neil Astley • Jonathan Edwards
• Karen McCarthy Woolf

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The Moth Nature Writing Prize

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Closing date: 
15 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to anyone over the age of 16 with an unpublished piece of nature writing. Entry fee €15 per entry
Prize: 
€1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.

THE MOTH NATURE WRITING PRIZE

Richard Mabey, one of the UK's foremost nature writers, will judge the inaugural Moth Nature Writing Prize. For five decades Richard has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing, consistently exploring new ways of thinking about nature and its relation to our lives. Throughout his work there is a commitment to writing (and to other writers) and to language, which may be ‘our greatest ecological gift'.

The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing - prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry - which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer's relationship with the natural world.

The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth, and the winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland. Closing date 15 September 2020.

IN SHORT:
1st prize €1,000 plus a week at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland. The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their piece is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. Closing 15 September 2020.

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The Kindle Storyteller Award 2020

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Closing date: 
31 August 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. No entry fee
Prize: 
£20,000

The Kindle Storyteller Award 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. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts.

The 2020 Kindle Storyteller Award is open for entries between 1st May and 31 August 2020.

Terms and conditions - please read carefully

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020

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Closing date: 
31 August 2020
Entry: 
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18 but offer if enter by 10 May
Prize: 
£1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the judging panel.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18
Offer Save 25%
Entry Fee: Poetry £9 | Short Fiction £13.50
(Original Fee: Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18)
Offer Ends: Sunday 10 May 23:59 (GMT+1)Submissions close 31 August 2020

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

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Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

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Closing date: 
31 July 2020
Entry: 
Unpublished short stories - open to all. Entry fee Early Bird: 31 May 2020 – €10 per story, Final Deadline: 31 July 2020 – €15 per story
Prize: 
A €300 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition. Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Friendship' and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €300 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine.

The winner will also receive:

  • A two-night stay with one dinner at the iconic Montenotte Hotel in Cork City
  • A limited edition pen created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Weir & Sons
  • Waterford Crystal engraved trophy
  • A one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Word limit: 1,500 words

Submission Deadlines & Entry Fees:
Early Bird: 31 May 2020 - €10 per story
Final Deadline: 31 July 2020 - €15 per story

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Title Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020

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Closing date: 
31 July 2020
Entry: 
11-17 year olds from all over the world writing in English. No entry fee
Prize: 
All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified in early September 2020 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2020

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is open.

Enter now!

We are still running the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award during the covid 19 crisis and we cannot wait to receive your poems.

To enter the competition you must be aged 11-17 years on the date of the deadline, 31 July 2020. You can enter your poem/s simply by visiting the foyleyoungpoets.org website or by post by sending your Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2020 Entry Form and your poems to The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk using the following address: FYP2020, The Poetry Society, London, WC2H 9BX.

If you are a school, youth group or an adult that would like to submit more than one young person then you can enter your students'/young person's work online using our quick and easy class entry form, or send them in by post. Please see our website, www.foyleyoungpoets.org, for details and the competition rules.

It is completely FREE to enter. Poems must be in English, British Sign Language or Braille (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL and Braille entries).

For poetry tips check out our online learning resources for young writers. You can also find free competitions and opportunities all year round, plus advice, tips and interviews with poets on our Young Poets Network.

Keep up to date with everything we are doing at The Poetry Society and find lots of useful writing tips for this year's Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award by visiting our website.

You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

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Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 July 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets aged 16 or over. Entry fee £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
Prize: 
First Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250

Judge: Andrew McMillan

Entries for the Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 are now open.

We will hold a special prize-giving event on Saturday 10 October 2020. This event will be online due to the current restrictions on gatherings. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.

Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines (excluding title). Poems should be in English, must be the entrant's own work and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere (including online), should not have won another poetry competition or be the translated work of another poet.

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The Novel Prize

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Closing date: 
1 July 2020
Entry: 
Open to published and unpublished writers across the world. No entry fee
Prize: 
$10,000 to the winner in the form of an advance against royalties, and simultaneous publication of their novel

Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo and New Directions are pleased to announce The Novel Prize, a new biennial award for a book-length work of literary fiction written in English by published and unpublished writers around the world.

The Novel Prize offers $10,000 to the winner in the form of an advance against royalties, and simultaneous publication of their novel in the UK and Ireland by the London-based Fitzcarraldo Editions, in Australia and New Zealand by Sydney publisher Giramondo, and in North America by New York's New Directions. The judges will be looking for novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, and are innovative and imaginative in style.

The Novel Prize will be managed by the three publishers working in collaboration. Submissions will be open from 1 April to 1 July 2020, with Fitzcarraldo Editions reading submissions from Africa and Europe, Giramondo from Asia and Australasia, and New Directions from the Americas.
A shortlist will be made public in December 2020, with the winner announced in February 2021. The winning novel will be published in early 2022.

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The Moth Short Story Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
30 June 2020
Entry: 
Open to all writers over 16. Entry fee €15 per story
Prize: 
1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend, 3rd prize €1,000

The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth.

This year's judge is Mark Haddon, author of the worldwide bestseller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which won seventeen literary prizes and is now an acclaimed stage play.

1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. The entry fee is €15 per story. Closing 30 June 2020.

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The Bridport Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 May 2020
Entry: 
Eligibility and entry fee Poetry, Short Story and Flash Fiction open to unpublished work from any writer writing in English over 16. Novel Award restricted to UK writers. Entry fee: £10 per poem, £12 per story, £9 for flash fiction and £20 per novel
Prize: 
Poetry and Short Story 1st Prize £5,000, 2nd Prize £1,000, 3rd Prize £500. Flash Fiction 1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £500 and 3rd Prize £250. Novel Award 1st Prize £1500, 2nd Prize £750 and 3 awards of £150.

The Bridport Prize has four sections: Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction and Novel Award.

Read the Rules carefully, as they have different prizes, rules and entry fees.

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International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
31 May 2020
Entry: 
Open to all No entry fee £6 for first poems, then a sliding scale
Prize: 
1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £250 and 3rd Prize £100

Judge Sally Spedding

1st Prize - £500
2nd Prize - £250
3d Prize - £100
plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries and publication in a future anthology.

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Guppy YA Novel Competition Open Submission

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Closing date: 
15 May 2020
Entry: 
Unagented YA authors from all over the world No entry fee
Prize: 
Publication

GUPPY YA NOVEL COMPETITION - OPEN SUBMISSIONS MAY 2020!

From 11th to 15th May 2020, Guppy Books will be unbolting the portholes and welcoming submissions of young adult fiction from unagented writers. We are looking for an exciting and fresh new voice in young adult writing.

Please email your submission to submissions@guppybooks.co.uk between 9am GMT on Monday 11th May and 5pm GMT Friday 15th May.

We would particularly like to encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

To submit, please include the first three chapters (or 2000 words) of your YA novel, plus a synopsis. Please don't worry too much/spend much time on the synopsis - we want to see it in order to get a sense of what happens in your story, but we would prefer work go into the novel itself!

Please email as a Word document. Entry is free. One submission per person.

We will shortlist down to a list of ten by mid June, and a winner will be offered a contract with Guppy Books in the summer. A team of judges will be announced shortly.

Guppy Books is a newly-created independent children's publisher based in Oxford, publishing eight to ten fiction titles a year for children of all ages. We promise to produce the highest-quality and most entertaining books for young readers, originating from all around the world.

Small and responsive, inclusive and communicative, the Guppy list will be supported by the very best freelancers in the business, in publicity, sales, marketing and design. The first two titles will launch in the autumn of 2019, and watch this space for details of all our new books to follow.

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