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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 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

 

 

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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National Poetry Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
31 October 2018
Entry: 
Open to any poet from across the world aged 17 or over at the time of entering £7 for your first poem, and £4 per poem thereafter. Members of The Poetry Society can enter a second poem for free
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000 with 9 other cash prizes

Now in its 40th year, 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 for entries! Judged by Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron, there are 10 cash prizes, including a first prize of £5000.

Previous winners have had their work featured in national newspapers, literary and poetry festivals, and in The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk's quarterly journal The Poetry Review. For many, the prize has proved an important career milestone; winners follow in the footsteps of Tony Harrison, Jo Shapcott, Colette Bryce and UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and many more. For your poem, it might be the start of an astronomical journey.

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LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 October 2018
Entry: 
Unpublished stories by writers from all over the world No entry fee
Prize: 
The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast, and published on the LoveReading website.

LoveReading.co.uk has launched a competition for stories of between 600-1000 words in length, written in English, in any genre. The award is open to entries from overseas as well as the UK, from both unpublished and published authors. However, only unpublished stories are eligible for entry. The judges are looking for 'exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written stories that leave a powerful impression on the reader.'

The team of five judges will read the stories blind when choosing their 10 shortlisted stories and this will be complemented by a People's Choice vote, in which LoveReading members will vote for their favourite story. The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast, and published on the LoveReading website.

The judges are: Elena Lappin (LR Podcast host, editor & author), Liz Robinson (LoveReading Reviews Editor), Maxim Jakubowski (author, translator, editor), Alison Flood (Guardian's book reporter & literary journalist), and Preti Taneja (novelist).

The deadline for submissions is 31 October. The shortlist of 10 stories will be announced in January 2019, and the winning story in February 2019.

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Futurebook Story Competition

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Closing date: 
30 October 2018
Entry: 
Open to international writers of 18 or over No entry fee
Prize: 
Reading your story at the Futurebook conference, publication on the Pigeonhole app and full set of novels from this year’s Arthur C. Clarke shortlist.

Calling all writers!

Could you create a fresh and exciting vision of the future of the book?

So for 2018, the Futurebook conference is partnering up with social reading app The Pigeonhole to run a short story competition exploring ideas around the future of the book. The past three decades have seen extraordinary advancements in reading methods; from e-books to mobile reading, speed reading apps to audiobooks on your phone. Everyone is engaging with words in multiple ways, and yet the paper book is still going strong.

What will the next few decades bring?

We are looking for no more than 5,000 words of speculative fiction. The winning short stories could explore the future of reading, writing, publishing and bookselling - but whatever their angle, they'll present some fresh and unexpected ideas about what the future might hold for the book. We want original thinking, compelling plots and fantastic prose - and in return you will get the opportunity to share your work in front of an audience of industry insiders at the FutureBook Live conference, 2018.
Judges will be Molly Flatt, Anna Jean Hughes, Founder of The Pigeonhole; and Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C.Clarke Award for Science Fiction.

The winner will be invited to read an extract of their story before sitting on a panel hosted by Anna Jean Hughes with an agent, publisher and publicist at FutureBook Live on the 30th November. The winning story, along with four runners up, will also be published on the Pigeonhole app, and the winner will receive a full set of novels from this year's Arthur C. Clarke shortlist.

"The way we read has changed more in 30 years than it has in the last three hundred, so I can't wait to see what writers of today will make of our books of the future," says Hughes. "It's a real treat to join forces with FutureBook, they've long been supporters of the Pigeonhole and there's no better place to read and discuss stories about the future than on our app."

Deadline for all submissions is Tuesday October 30th.

Please submit your story complete with full name, email and brief biography to: anna@thepigeonhole.com.

Terms and conditions

  1. Short stories must be no more 5,000 words (not including the title) and written on theme of the future of reading, writing, publishing and bookselling
  2. Entries must be emailed as a word.doc or TextEdit attachment to anna@thepigeonhole.com, along with the entrant's name and a short biography in the body of the covering email
  3. The competition is open to writers all over the world, though entrants must be 18 or over at the time of submission
    Entries must be written in English and only original, unpublished work will be accepted
  4. Closing date midnight 30st October 2018 and all entrants will be informed of our decision before the 19th of November
  5. The Pigeonhole will not be held responsible for any libellous material included in an entry
  6. Judges are unable to provide any feedback on submissions

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
22 October 2018
Entry: 
Open to all Entry fee £6 for first poem £4 for further poems
Prize: 
First prize £2,000, Second prize £1,000 and Third prize a week-long creative-writing course at the Arvon centre of your choice

Judged by Jo Shapcott and Daljit Nagra

  • first prize £2,000
  • second prize £1,000
  • third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
    with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
  • plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
    5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from
  • bloodaxe books
  • carcanet
  • faber & fabernine arches press
  • seren books

5 prizes of 1-yr poetry magazine subscriptions from

  • under the radar
  • poetry wales
  • pn review
  • new ohio review
  • mslexia

plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

Submit via e-mail or post by Mon 22 Oct 2018

Judges

Jo Shapcott has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry & has won a number of literary prizes including Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, Forward Prize for Best Collection, 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 (twice), & the Costa Book Award for her most recent, Of Mutability. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book & My Life Asleep are gathered in a ‘selected poems' entitled Her Book.

Daljit Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry, in 2007, and for its title poem, Look, We Have Coming to Dover!, three years earlier. His other publications include a retelling of the Ramayana, a Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition winner, Oh My Rub!, & two further poetry collections, Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White Man Eating Tiger Toy Machine & his latest, British Museum (Faber, 2017).
judges will read all poems submitted

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The Caterpillar Story Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
30 September 2018
Entry: 
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. Entry fee £12 per story
Prize: 
£1,000

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

The prize is for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11).

We are looking for stories that will inspire, delight and move our young readers. The winning story will appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

The stories can be on any subject and in any style, as long as they are age appropriate, and the word limit is 1,500.

Previous winners include Jo Withers, Jessamy Corob Cook, Richard J. Jones, Chris Preece, Rebecca Langton and Tom Kelly.

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

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

You can ENTER ONLINE or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd' with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of story attached to:

The Caterpillar
Ardan Grange
Milltown
Belturbet
Co. Cavan
Ireland.

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