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The Booklife Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Authors with unpublished or self-published novels in 5 categories Entry fee $99
Prize: 
Grand Prize $5,000, category finalists a social media marketing package from BookBaby worth $1,000

The first round of the annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries http://www.publishersweekly.com/ kicked off on April 1.

The BookLife Prize is back and and looking for the next great novel.

Now in its fourth year, the BookLife Prize - a writing contest sponsored by Publishers Weekly and BookLife - will be accepting submissions for its Fiction Contest till August 31, 2019.

Authors may enter unpublished or self-published novels in five categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; and YA/Middle-Grade.

All entrants will receive a Critic's Report, a brief critical assessment of their book written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer; the grand-prize winner will receive a $5,000 writing stipend and be profiled in Publishers Weekly. Additionally, the finalists from each category will receive a social media marketing package from BookBaby worth $1,000.

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Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

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Closing date: 
1 August 2019
Entry: 
Unpublished writers of 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, five runners-up prizes

Every book starts with a first line, every career with a first moment of inspiration.

The Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing First Novel Prize was created to find and support brilliant new voices. We can't wait to discover yours!

As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown - in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative - has launched the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize, our mission to find the exciting new voices of the future.

Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and A Single Thread, will chair the judging panel formed of Curtis Brown agents and the Curtis Brown Creative team. Read our interview with Tracy packed full of writing advice and her reading recommendations.

The author of the winning novel will be offered representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, while the first runner-up will receive a place on a three-month novel-writing course at Curtis Brown Creative, and a mentoring session with one of the Curtis Brown literary agent team. A further four shortlisted entrants will be offered a place on a six-week online course with Curtis Brown Creative and a mentoring session with one of the Curtis Brown literary agent team.

If you'd like to enter, send us the opening (up to) 10,000 words of your novel (including any prologue) and a one-page synopsis of up to 400 words. Novels do not need to be finished before you enter the competition, but you should be able to summarise in your synopsis the main plot of your work-in-progress. The competition will close at midday on 1st August 2019.

Anyone can enter so long as they're 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. Entrants should not currently be represented by a literary agent, and novels must be unpublished. If you have self-published your work, you are very welcome to enter! The novel can be in any genre but must be aimed at adults rather than young adults or children.

We are hugely excited to read the competition entries and to find new voices and stories. Curtis Brown agents and the Curtis Brown Creative team will choose a shortlist of six entries for the judging panel to read.

The shortlisted titles will be announced in September. Tracy Chevalier will select the overall winner and runner-up, who will be revealed on 10th October.

It's really important to get your 10,000 word opening and one-page synopsis as polished as possible. You can view some tips on how to perfect your entry to the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize here. https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/how-to-prepare-a-great-submission-...

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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 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
28 June 2019
Entry: 
All new writers of Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing Entry fee £6, 2 entries £10 and 3 entries £15
Prize: 
£1,000 for each category

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is open for submissions in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. The prize was launched ten years ago to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. In this birthday year we are excited to announce that we are increasing each prize sum from £300 to £1,000. This increased value means that the prize can make a more meaningful difference for the winning writers' careers.

The winners of each category will be published by Wasafiri in print and online and receive a £1,000 cash prize. They will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility). The prize closes on 28 June 2019. Winners will be announced on 9 November 2019.

This year our judges include Louise Doughty, who will be judging the fiction, Warsan Shire, who will be judging the poetry, and Nikesh Shukla, who will be judging the life writing category. Wasafiri Editor-in-ChiefSusheila Nasta will chair the judging panel.

New partnership with Queen Mary University of London

Wasafiri are excited to announce a new partnership this year with Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary University of London is an established university in London's vibrant East End. With staff and students from over 160 nationalities, they are one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is supported by Queen Mary University of London and Routledge.

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The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award

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Closing date: 
15 June 2019
Entry: 
Open to a published or self-published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years No entry fee
Prize: 
£5,000 with three awards of £500 for runners-up

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award is an annual award, made possible by the Sunday Times and the University of Warwick.

The prize of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years. There are three awards of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be the work of the most outstanding literary merit.

The annual award is sponsored by The Sunday Times and the University of Warwick.

The award is administered by the Society of Authors.

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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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Poetry London Clore Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
1 May 2019
Entry: 
Open to all poets for unpublished poems in English Entry fee £7 or £3 for subscribers
Prize: 
1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £2,000, 3rd prize £1,000. Four commendations £500 plus publication in the magazine

Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features. Poetry London launches each issue with readings from distinguished poet contributors to the magazine.

Judge of the Poetry London Clore Prize 2019

Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and current Writer-in-Residence at St John's College Cambridge. She has published four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Joy, published by Carcanet in 2017. Dugdale translates poetry and plays from Russian and is former editor of Modern Poetry in Translation.

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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 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

 

 

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