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Discoveries Women’s Prize for Fiction

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Closing date: 
17 January 2021
Entry: 
Open to all women aged 18 and above, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English. No entry fee
Prize: 
Winner £5,000. All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered tailored mentorship packages from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert and free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative’s creative writing courses.

In honour of the 25th anniversary year for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and in recognition of untapped diverse and exceptional writing talent across the country, the Women's Prize Trust, powered by NatWest and Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing, is launching Discoveries. Discoveries is a unique and ambitious writers' development programme offering aspiring female writers of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys.

For people across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a radical change to their daily lives, and limited access to arts and culture. Although most women have increased pressures on their time, many are picking up their pens for the first time or tackling a writing project they have always dreamed of starting.

Kate Mosse, Novelist & Founder Director of Women's Prize for Fiction, said:

"Somewhere out there, our Women's Prize winner of the future is considering whether to pick up the pen - to her I want to say: do it. ‘Discoveries' is here to help you on your way. For 25 years, the Women's Prize has championed female writers to tell their own stories and make sure as diverse and wide a range of voices are heard. Whether you're 88, 48 or 18, the beginning of one's writing journey is a crucial time and the authors of tomorrow, whoever they are, wherever they are, deserve support today."

Discoveries invites women of all ages and backgrounds to submit their work of fiction. The programme doesn't require writers to have finished a novel - only the opening three chapters or up to 10,000 words - and it is free to enter.

The Women's Prize Trust, NatWest, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative Writing School will curate a programme of free online content. This will include interviews with publishing industry professionals, practical advice and inspiration from former winners and shortlistees of the Women's Prize for Fiction, and teaching notes by Curtis Brown Creative Writing School to help writers craft their submissions.
A longlist of 16 and shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel, with the winner offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000. All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered personalised mentorship packages from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert tailored to their needs, and free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative's creative writing courses.

The programme will accept novels in any genre of adult fiction.

The longlist and shortlist of Discoveries will be announced in the spring of 2021 and will be invited to attend the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction award ceremony in summer 2021.

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 December 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem
Prize: 
1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250

The prize is for an unpublished poem, and entrants (over 16) are welcome from anywhere in the world.

The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry IrelandThe website of the Irish National Poetry Organisation, offering a resource centre, introductions and readings from new and emerging poets resident in Ireland. www.poetryireland.ie in the spring.

There is an entry fee of €15 per poem.

This year's judge is Nick Laird.

Closing 31 December 2020.

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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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Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry 2020

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Closing date: 
31 October 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets from across the world Entry fee: first submission £7 then £4 for each additional poem.
Prize: 
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000

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

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

Open to all poets of 18 and over fro all over the world.


Our Judges

The judges are UK Poet Laureate, novelist and activist Simon Armitage and poet, critic and commissioning editor Jade Cuttle.

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.

This year, we are launching a separate prize with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the theme will be Landscape, and the £500 prize will be awarded to The Best Poem of Landscape.

The winner of the Ginkgo Prize will be awarded a week-long glamping residency and bespoke rewilding workshop at Knepp Rewilding Safaris

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
28 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets internationally for unpublished poems. Entry fee £5/€6/$7 per poem
Prize: 
1st Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £1,000 and 3rd Prize £500 plus 20 commendeds

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

Judged by Mona Arshi and Mark Doty

First prize £2,000
Second prize £1,000
Third prize £500
plus 20 commendeds

Submit via e-mail, not by post, by 28 September 2020

Judges will read all poems submitted

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The Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
24 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to anyone from across the world aged between 18 and 35 years of age. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize £1,000 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head, publication in the FT of their winning essay and a mentoring session with The Bodley Head. Two runners-up £300

Every year, the Financial Times and The Bodley HeadRandom House imprint, one of Britain's leading publishers of non-fiction, team up to find the best young essay-writing talent from around the world. Now in its eighth year, The Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize competition has been the springboard for many exciting writers. This year our regular judging panel is joined by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li and leading literary agent Emma Paterson. The judges are looking for 'a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay' up to 3,500 words and written in English. The essay can address any topic and the judges are 'simply looking for writing that brings its subject alive, and turns the reader's head with its style'.

The Bodley Head/FT Essay competition is open to anyone between 18 and 35 years old. The judges are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words in English, on any subject. The winner will receive: £1,000 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head, publication in the FT of their winning essay and a mentoring session with The Bodley Head. Two runners-up will win £300 cash each and an e-publication with The Bodley Head.

Stuart Williams, publishing director at The Bodley Head, said: "We're delighted to launch this year's prize. Reading hundreds of essays has become a revealing annual litmus test of what's on younger writers' minds, concerns that always range from the extremely timely to the timeless. I expect our profoundly changed world will be the catalyst for a lot of exceptional writing this year."

You can find tips on how to write a winning entry on this page. https://www.ft.com/content/c92be874-9da7-11e9-b8ce-8b459ed04726

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Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
21 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to women writers only from across the world with unpublished manuscripts (self-published work allowed) Entry fees - various
Prize: 
Various


Short Story

For complete short stories in any genre for adult /young adult women writers.
First Prize 3,000 plus optional week at an Arvon writing centre
Entry fee 310

Flash Fiction

Fr complete short fiction narratives in any genre for adults and/or young adult readers
First Prize £500
Entry fee £5

Children's & YA novel

For novels of at least 20,000 words in any genre for children and young people
Finalists are invited to a pitching and networking event with agents and editors
Entry fee £25

Memoir & Life-writing

For prose of at least 50,000 words that narrate events in the author's life
Finalists are invited to a pitching and networking event with agents and editors
Entry fee £25

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2020 Manchester Writing Competition

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Closing date: 
18 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers across the world. Entry fee £18
Prize: 
Two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK's biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country's most successful writing school. The Competition was established in 2008 by Carol Ann Duffy (UK Poet Laureate 2009-19) and has awarded more than £195,000 to writers. Each year two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe, the competition is open internationally to new and established writers.

Poetry Prize: £10,000

Entry fee: £18 Deadline for Entries: 18th September 2020, 5pm (UK time)

Chair of Poetry Judges: Malika Booker

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Fiction Prize: £10,000

Entry fee: £18 Deadline for Entries: 18th September 2020, 5pm (UK time)

Chair of Fiction Judges: Nicholas Royle

£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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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.

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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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Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
14 September 2020
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 2020 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

Categories: Open and English as an Additional Language.

Deadline: 14 September 2020

£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.

This year's judge is the the poet Fiona Benson.

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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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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