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The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 July 2019
Entry: 
Poets from anywhere in the world aged 11-17 years No entry fee
Prize: 
A wide range of prizes, opportunities and resources including a week-long intensive residential Arvon course

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is open!

We are so excited to announce that this year's judges are the amazing Raymond Antrobus and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay. It is completely free to enter and anyone from the world aged 11-17 years on the date of the deadline, 31 July 2019 can enter. Poems can be on any theme and any length. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries).

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has discovered, awarded and nurtured some of the biggest names in poetry today, including Caroline Bird, Helen Mort, Sarah Howe, Richard Osmond, Jay Bernard and many more. We have worked with a huge number of young people across the world nurturing their poetry talent. You can read last year's top 15 winning poems and the 85 commended poems online. All the winners are aged 11-17 years, and will be amongst the biggest names in poetry!

For more information about the competition please go to the competition page foyleyoungpoets.org or contact the education team on fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk

 

The Moth Short Story Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
30 June 2019
Entry: 
Open to any writer over 16 from anywhere in the world 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 and 3rd prize €1,000

This year's judge is Kit de Waal.

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.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 words.

The winners will be announced in September 2019 and all three stories will appear in the autumn issue of the Morh Magazine.

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The Author of Tomorrow

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Closing date: 
31 May 2019
Entry: 
Open to young people of any nationality writing short stories in English in three different age groups No entry fee
Prize: 
16-21 years £1,000, 12-15 years and 11 and under £100 plus £150 in book tokens for their school, library or charity of choice

The Author of Tomorrow is designed to find the adventure writers of the future. Part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, it is an annual competition open to young people, aged 21 and under, who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.
The award is run in partnership with Worldreader, a charity on a mission to make everyone a reader. Written by young people, for young people to read, and judged by a panel of young readers, we hope the Author of Tomorrow will play its part in improving global literacy levels.

How to enter

Closing date 31st May 2019

Young writers will be able to enter the competition within the following three age categories:

Category 1: aged 16-21 years
Prize: £1,000
Young writers must submit a short adventure story between 1500-5000 words in length

Category 2: aged 12-15 years
Prize: £100 plus £150 in book tokens for their school, library or charity of choice
Young writers must submit a short adventure story between 1500-5000 words in length

Category 3: aged 11 and under
Prize: £100 plus £150 in book tokens for their school, library or charity of choice
Young writers must submit a short adventure story up to 500 words in length

Including the winning stories, ten young writers will have their work digitally published in an anthology available in Worldreader's open library, and a personal certificate to celebrate their achievement.

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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

We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children's, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. There are no limits on the type.

Judges

We have secured three high profile judges:

Paul McDonald - senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of fifteen books, including three novels and three collections of poetry.

Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a PhD student who has had two novels published; The Black Country and Gamble. She was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize while completing her MA.

Clare Morrall - her debut novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Morrall was also shortlisted for British Newcomer of the Year 2003. Her fourth novel, The Man who Disappeared, was selected for the TV Book Club 2010. In 2012 The Roundabout Man was released to critical acclaim.

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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.

Assistant editor Ore Agbaje-Williams is calling for authors from BAME backgrounds who have written a literary or literary-commercial novel in keeping with the spirit of The Borough Press list - books people want to talk about, either to question or agree; books that span the globe, whether near home or far afield; energetic, modern and eclectic books that inspire passion in readers - to enter the open submission.

Writers are invited to submit the first three chapters/50 pages of their novel (up to 10,000 words) to boroughsubmissions@harpercollins.co.uk from 1st January - 31st March 2019, along with a synopsis of the book and author biography.

Agbaje-Williams said: "The different backgrounds and heritages of our society are under-represented in various areas across the media, including publishing, and The Borough Press is hugely committed to enabling more of these voices to be heard. That's why open submission periods like these for BAME writers are important. To make clear to agents, writers, future editors, and the industry that there is a place for these writers, there are readers who want them. I'm delighted that we can take steps to bring those writers and their stories to a wider audience with The Good Literary Agency."

The winner will be mentored by Shukla and receive a publishing contract with the HarperFiction imprint, representation from The Good Literary Agency. Judges from HarperCollins and The Good Literary Agency will pick the winner based on their work's quality and commercial potential.

Entered novels do not have to be complete, but must be written in English. All submissions will be read and judged by the imprint's editors, other members of staff from HarperCollins and The Good Literary Agency.

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The Brotherton Poetry Prize

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Closing date: 
4 March 2019
Entry: 
Open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn't yet published a full collection of poems Entry fee £10
Prize: 
First Prize £1,000, 4 runners-up £200

This new prize has just been launched by the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

The Brotherton Poetry Prize is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn't yet published a full collection of poems (a chapbook or pamphlet does not count as a full collection). Entries to the competition should include no more than 200 lines of poetry in up to five individual poems.

The judges will be Simon Armitage, Melvyn Bragg, Professor John Whale, University Librarian Stella Butler, Vahni Capildeo and Malika Booker.

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

Four runners-up will each receive £200.

The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by Carcanet Press. All entrants who provide a UK postal address will receive a copy of the anthology on publication. The shortlisted poets will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events held at the University of Leeds and in other venues in Yorkshire.

All shortlisted poets will receive travel expenses up to £150 to cover expenses associated with the competition announcement. Expenses for UK-based poets associated with events may be reimbursed.

The Brotherton Poetry Prize is generously supported by the Charles Brotherton Trust.

More details https://library.leeds.ac.uk/brotherton-prize

 

 

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2019

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Closing date: 
1 March 2019
Entry: 
16-19 year-olds resident in the UK No entry fee
Prize: 
£5,000

The 18th Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK's most valuable prize for young poets, has opened for entries, and this year students between 16-18 years of age resident in the UK can enter.

The closing date for entries is 1 March 2019.

Winners will be announced on 29 March 2019.

Submit your entry using the form

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:

Best Published Novel (£15,000) - novels must be published by a recognised trade publisher between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. Proof copies are accepted.

Best Unpublished Manuscript The prize is a publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK, with a £15,000 advance. Submissions must exceed 50,000 words in length. The author must not be represented by a literary agent or already have a novel published. Self-published books are eligible. Each shortlisted author will receive three months of one-to-one manuscript development.

The judges are:

• Kirsty Coventry, gold-medal Olympic swimmer and minister of youth, sport, arts and recreation in Zimbabwe

• Alex Crawford, Sky News foreign correspondent

• Abir Mukherjee, author and winner of the 2018 Adventure Writing Prize

• Kevin Conroy Scott, Wilbur Smith's literary agent

• Sue Wilkinson MBE, chief executive of the Reading Agency

• Levison Wood, explorer, writer and photographer

The shortlist for both awards will be announced in May, and the awards ceremony will take place on 12 September at Stationers' Hall, London. Entries must be submitted digitally via www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org

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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.

All shortlisted entrants receive a valuable half-hour one-to-one consultation, with our competition sponsors PFDRepresents authors of fiction and non-fiction, children's writers, screenwriters, playwrights, documentary makers, technicians, presenters and public speakers throughout the world. Has 85 years of international experience in all media. PDF now have a POD section. Some good advice for those seeking a representative., who will give editorial feedback and discuss the marketability of the work submitted. In addition, the 2019 winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500.

The work you submit must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or self-published. In addition, anyone who has previously had a full-length novel accepted for publication is not eligible to enter.

Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

To be considered, you need to supply us with your entry fee of £12, and submit the first 40-50 pages of the novel via the online form and a synopsis (5-10 pages long) of the remainder.

The closing date for the competition is 12 noon Friday 8 February 2019

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The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
1 February 2019
Entry: 
Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over No entry fee
Prize: 
£1,500 and other prizes

The Spread the Word

London organisation running creative writing workshops for writers at all stages, with a focus on new writing and live literature, and encouraging innovation and experimentation. www.spreadtheword.org.uk

Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre was established in 2016.

Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro.

Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true', reflects someone's own life journey or experiences and is not fiction.

Entries should be original works of life writing of no more than 5,000 words. There is no minimum word count.
The 2019 Life Writing Prize winner will receive £1,500, publication on Spread the Word's website, an Arvon course, two years' membership to the Royal Society of Literature

This British site may seem rather formal (stated aim ‘to sustain and encourage all that is perceived as best whether traditional or experimental in English letters, and to strive for a Catholic appreciation of literature’), but has a lively series of lectures and discussions involving distinguished authors. Also administers literary prizes. http://www.rslit.org/index1.html

and a development meeting with an editor and an agent.

Two highly commended entries will each receive £500 and two mentoring sessions, a development meeting with an editor and an agent, and be published on the Spread the Word website. Three writers will be shortlisted, and six will be longlisted.

This year's judges are Colin Grant, Inua Ellams and Ros Barber.

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
31 December 2018
Entry: 
Open to all poets over 16 Entry fee £12 per poem
Prize: 
First Prize of €10,000, and three runner-up prizes of €1,000

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.

The shortlist will be announced in March 2019 and the four shortlisted poems will feature in the spring issue of The Moth.

The winners will be invited to a special prizegiving event at Poetry Ireland

The 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 Dublin in the spring of 2019.

Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection).

The Judge

The poet and novelist Jacob Polley will judge this year's Moth Poetry Prize. Jacob is the author of four acclaimed poetry collections published by Picador, the latest of which, Jackself, won the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is also the recipient of a Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and his novel Talk of the Town won a Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

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Urban YA competition

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Closing date: 
30 November 2018
Entry: 
Open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent, for a first YA novel No entry fee
Prize: 
£1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words

Shortlist to be judged by Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy.

We are looking for a vibrant debut novel for young adults, a book set in today's multi-cultural Britain. Sharp dialogue, a story that's got the feel of here and now, the street and the city today. Atmosphere is important, both physical and psychological. It can be any city in the UK but it must be a real city. No fantasy.

The prize is £1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words.


Key Dates:

  • Last day for entry November 30
  • Shortlist announced January 11 2019
  • Winner announced February 22 2019
  • Terms and conditions
  • The competition is open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent.
  • Entries may be submitted by the author or his or her agent.
  • The novel must be a previously unpublished novel written in English.
  • This must be the author's first novel for YA.
  • Although the entries will be looked at anonymously, they must be entered in the author's name.
  • The novel must be original, fictional and entirely the author's own work.
  • The novel should be between 40.000 and 70.000 words long.
  • The submission of the novel will be taken as an agreement that Everything with Words can publish the novel.
  • Please submit the whole work and a separate summary of not more than 500 words to Mikka, info@everythingwithwords.com.
  • In the subject line you should put YA competition. In your letter you should mention that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions.

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