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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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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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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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The Page Turner Awards

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Closing date: 
30 April 2020
Entry: 
Open to all. No entry fees
Prize: 
£10,000 prize fund

New Writing and Book Awards Aims to Change Writing Careers

The Page Turner Awards were created to change writing careers with success stories from the most impressive first 10 pages submitted.
Two different awards aim to help writers and authors to get discovered with possible literary agency representation and potentially taking a published book from page to film.

The Page Turner Writing Award offers writers and authors the chance to enter the first 10 pages of a completed, unpublished fiction or non-fiction manuscript, where a group of literary agents will read the work with a chance to get it published. Submissions open from 15 February until 30 April 2020.

The Page Turner eBook Award is for any published fiction and non-fiction books, which will be read by the judging panel of literary experts. Nominations are now open until 30 April 2020.

The awards welcomes both emerging writers and all genres for fiction and non-fiction from any English-speaking country across the world.

Founder of The Page Turner Awards, Paula Wynne said: "As an author I wanted to provide a launch pad for new and emerging writers. We've specifically added prizes that are important to writers and authors, the kind that will be a steppingstone to the next stage of their writing career."

The prestigious judging panel, made up of successful award-winning authors, literary agents and publishers, is looking for vivid, cinematic writing with captivating characters and unique voices.

The judges include Kimberley Atkins, Publisher for Hodder & Stoughton in London, Karly Caserza Literary Agent with Fuse Literary Agency, Susan Mears from Susan Mears Literary & Film Agency, Louise Buckley from the Zeno Agency and LA Film Scout, Stephen Hodges.

The Page Turner Awards is also delighted to have multi award-winning and bestselling children's author Geraldine McCaughrean.

Accompanying Geraldine is Louise Keenan, a media lawyer at law firm CMS, and award-winning authors, Natalie Trice, Abiola Bello and Allison Maruska judging the eBook Award.

Winners of the Writing Award may receive representation by a literary agent.

Winners of the eBook Award will receive a chance to secure film rights for their book and valuable publicity campaigns by Palamedes PR in the UK and PR for Writers in the USA.

The £10K prize fund includes a Screen and Television Adaptation Report, The Novel Factory Writing Software, the Writing Academy‘s Author's Success Bundle, the Ultimate Fantasy Writer's Guide and the chance to be mentored by successful authors, Shobha Ponnappa and Allison Maruka.

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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets across the world over the age of 16. Entry fee €14 per poem
Prize: 
€1,000

If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7-11-year olds, then why not enter the The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject.

A prize of €1,000 is given to the best poem, chosen by our judge Roger McGough. Dubbed the ‘patron saint of poetry' by Carol Ann Duffy, McGough has published more than 50 books of adult's and children's poetry. He was awarded a CBE for services to poetry and currently hosts Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him' The Times

The winning poem will feature in the summer 2020 issue of The Caterpillar.

Closing date 31 March 2020

‘The Caterpillar is such a unique and inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is all shades of wonderful!' Coral Rumble

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Wicked Young Writers 2020

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Closing date: 
2 March 2020
Entry: 
5-25 year-olds writers in the UK. No entry fee
Prize: 
Each winner gets four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre + meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour and £50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend.

The Wicked Young Writers Awards has announced that entries are open for its 10th anniversary year. Created by the producers of the musical Wicked in partnership with the National Literacy TrustUK-based organisation which has campaigned since 1993 to improve literacy standards across all age groups. Excellent research information and details of the many initiatives the charity is currently involved in. www.literacytrust.org.uk. It also has a useful page of news stories on UK literacy, which links to newsletter http://www.readitswapit.co.uk/TheLibrary.aspx, the annual national writing competition is for 5 to 25-year-olds, and is intended "to reward excellence in creative writing and encourage young people to find their own voice". The awards ceremony takes place at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of Wicked. The Duchess of Cornwall is awards patron.

The judging panel for 2020 is author Cressida Cowell; Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust; Nicky Cox MBE, editor in chief of First News; Michael McCabe, executive producer of Wicked; poet and mental health ambassador Hussain Manawar; writer, comedian and actor Charlie Higson; and author, illustrator and poet Laura Dockrill. The ambassador for a second year is author Dan Freedman.

Michael Morpurgo, who helped set up the awards and was one of the first judges, said: "Happy birthday Wicked Young Writer Awards! I was delighted to get involved all those years ago because I felt there was a great need for a writing award for all ages. One that wasn't prescriptive but would allow young people to write about what they felt, to find their voice with the encouragement of their parents and teachers."

Douglas said: "Over the past 10 years, young writers from across the UK have been capturing our imaginations, moving us to tears and making us laugh out loud through the Wicked Young Writer Awards. Writing can inspire children and young people's creativity and give them the freedom to explore their thoughts and feelings. Not only that, but children and young people who enjoy writing tend to go on to do better at school and lead happier lives. I can't wait to read the entries from this year's young writers as we celebrate 10 years of this incredible award."

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Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
2 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers of any nationality writing in English. Entry fee £20
Prize: 
£15,000 for each prize plus a publishing deal with Bonnier for Best Unpublished Manuscript

Submissions for the two 2020 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prizes are now open. The international prize is now in its fifth year. Entries are accepted from writers of any nationality, writing in English. The deadline is 2 March.

Best Published Novel (£15,000) - The Best Published Novel award is designed to celebrate the best adventure stories of the last year with novels being submitted by publishers, literary agents, or writers themselves. The 2020 award is open for submissions 6th January - 2nd March 2020. Entries must have been published between 1st May 2019 - 30th April 2020. Proof copies will be accepted.

The award is open to writers of any nationality writing in English. Each September, under guidance from an expert judging panel, the title of Best Published Novel is presented to one winning author.

Best Unpublished Manuscript. The Best Unpublished Manuscript is designed to launch the career of aspiring adventure writers. The 2020 award is open for submissions 6th January - 2nd March 2020.

Unpublished and self-published writers submit their manuscripts to be in with a chance of winning a publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK.
Up to six writers will be shortlisted, and each will be offered one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant David Llewelyn, intended to help each writer reach the standard necessary for submission to agents and publishers.

Authors must not already have a novel published although self-published works are eligible. Authors must not have a literary agent. There is an entry fee of £20.00 (GBP) per submission.

This year's judging panel is: David Risher, entrepreneur and co-founder of Worldreader; Henry Porter, author and winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Best Published Novel and Pip Stewart, adventurer, journalist and film-maker.

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Established in September 2015, The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation is a charitable organisation 'dedicated to empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. Through our work, we want to reach out to writers and readers across the world, allowing everyone to have their own adventures through the words on a page.'

 

 

The 2020 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

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Closing date: 
1 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets. Entry Fee £28
Prize: 
Four winners will published by Smith|Doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in The North magazine and a reading at The Wordsworth Trust.

The 2020 International Book & Pamphlet Competition is now open for entries

The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 34th International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Imtiaz Dharker and Ian McMillan is now open.

Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20 pages of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the Judges to be published by our award-winning imprint Smith|Doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in The North magazine, and a reading at The Wordsworth Trust.

All winners will receive close editing, extending their entry up to 28 pages and are guaranteed pamphlet publication. There is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which, where the judges feel it is appropriate, will be published as a book in the autumn of 2021.

Full-price entry is £28. Subscribers to The North, Friends of the Poetry Business, and members of the Poetry Society are eligible for the discounted fee of £25. All entrants will also receive a 10% code that can be used to purchase books or memberships from the Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at  www.poetrybooks.co.uk website books at www.poetrybooks.co.uk. A discount code will be sent to you by e-mail upon receipt of your entry to the competition.

The Judges

Imtiaz Dharker's six collections of poetry include Over the Moon and Luck is the Hook. She was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and worked on projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul's Cathedral. She is also an artist and video film-maker.

Ian McMillan is a poet and performer who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3. His many poetry residencies include with Barnsley FC, and he has worked extensively for BBC TV and radio. He is the author of several books and pamphlets, including a Selected Poems and the memoir Summat and Nowt. Ian likes to work across art forms, but most of all he likes reading new poems, which is a good thing!

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The Selfies Book Awards US

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Closing date: 
29 February 2020
Entry: 
Eligible titles in the adult fiction category must have been self-published in the United States during the calendar year 2019 by authors who live in the US
Prize: 
$1,000 plus $5,000 worth of trade advertising and free display at five trade shows in 2020-21

Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries http://www.publishersweekly.com/ and BookBrunch have expanded the Selfies - the awards for self-published authors - into America following successful UK launch

The American awards offer a $1,000 cash prize and an advertising package valued at $5,000 to the winner, and entries open today.

To be administered by BookLife, the self-publishing arm of Publishers Weekly, in association with BookBrunch, the awards' first year in the US concentrates on adult fiction published during 2019. Categories may be expanded in future years to include nonfiction and children's books. A juried shortlist will be announced on May 29, and the winner announced in June.

The first US Selfies award will be presented at the American Library Association's Annual Conference on June 27, 2020. The awards are co-sponsored by IngramSpark, the e-book and print-on-demand publishing services company, and Combined Book Exhibit, which showcases published works at trade shows and expos around the world.

The mission of the awards initiative, which was the brainchild of BookBrunch and introduced to great acclaim in the UK in 2018, is to discover new talent and reward the very best self-published titles each year.

Jo Henry, managing director of BookBrunch, said: "BookBrunch is delighted to be working with Publishers Weekly and BookLife to bring the Selfies awards to the US and to help discover and reward the very best fiction writing by indie authors."

"The Selfies are bound to be a big hit among indie authors in the United States, as well as a useful guide for readers, librarians and booksellers in discerning new authors whose works deserve greater recognition," said Carl Pritzkat, v-p, general manager, Publishers Weekly and president of BookLife.

Eligible titles in the adult fiction category must have been published in the United States during the calendar year 2019 by authors who live in the US although authors need not be US citizens. The deadline for submission is February 29, 2020.

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Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
28 February 2020
Entry: 
Open to all cartoonists, and writers and artists working as a team, who have not previously published a full-length graphic work and are resident in the UK. Entry fee £10
Prize: 
Publication on the Myriad list

Myriad has launched its 2020 First Graphic Novel Competition, and has signed two authors who have been on the competition shortlist.

The competition invites authors to submit 15 to 30 pages of a graphic novel in progress, fiction or non-fiction. The closing date is 28 February. First prize is publication on the Myriad list.

The competition is for a graphic novel-in-progress and is open to all cartoonists, and writers and artists working as a team, who have not previously published a full-length graphic work. The winner will be offered the opportunity to develop their work-in-progress with Myriad's creative and editorial team with a view to being offered a contract and publication.

The winning entry will be an extract from a narrative work in progress - nonfiction or fiction. Entries may be from a single author or may be a collaboration between a writer/writers and an artist/artists. Myriad is committed to publishing work that reflects the breadth of human experience and attracting creators who reflect our diverse society, from BAME and LGBQT+ artists to those with physical or mental health challenges and from different social backgrounds.

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is supported by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

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The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
3 February 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent, living in the UK and aged 18 or over. No entry fee
Prize: 
£1,500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years' membership of the Royal Society of Literature

Kerry Hudson, Nell Stevens and Sathnam Sanghera are to judge 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

's 2020 Life Writing Prize. The prize takes place in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre and with funding from Joanna Munro, and offers the winner a cheque for £1,500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years' membership of 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 an optional development meeting with an agent and editor. Two highly commended writers receive writing mentors and £500.

Twelve longlisted writers will be invited to read from their work at an event at Foyles Charing Cross Road next June.

Ruth Harrison, director of Spread the Word, said: "The prize shows that life writing is a vital and dynamic literary form with nearly 1,000 submissions being received from across the UK in 2019. We are looking forward to not only supporting and celebrating up and coming writers but also to reading and hearing stories that often go unheard."

Blake Morrison, professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and patron of the Life Writing Prize, said: "In the era of fake news, life writing has never been more important. Its premise is truth-telling. And it's a way for voices we're not used to hearing - voices from the margins and fringes - to make themselves heard. No literary genre is more democratic. And with democracy under threat, that lends it even more potency."

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre was established in 2016. Open to new and 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. The competition is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent.

The 2020 Life Writing Prize 2020 will close on Monday 3 February at 11am.

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Emma Press open submission 2020

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Closing date: 
24 January 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets internationally. Entry fee £10
Prize: 
Publication

Children's and adult pamphlet categories


The Emma Press is calling for submissions of poetry manuscripts, with the deadline set for 24 January. There are two categories: pamphlets for adults and collections for children. The judges will be publisher Emma Dai'an Wright and poet Edward van de Vendel.

Poets should submit six pages of poems for either or both categories. There is a £10 submission fee, limited to one per poet. Emma Press will publish the selected manuscripts in 2021.

Dai'an Wright said: "The poetry pamphlets and children's poetry collections are the flagship series of my publishing house and I'm looking forward to adding new voices to them. I feel like poetry pamphlets and children's poetry books occupy a less-publicised area of the poetry world, with fewer awards and less shelf-space in bookshops, and yet they are both absolutely vital to the poetry ecosystem, in developing poetry writers and readers."

The Emma Press last called for manuscripts in autumn 2017, and has since published eight pamphlets from this call, with five more due out in 2020.

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