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Writing Opportunities 2016

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
31 December 2016
Entry: 
Open to all poets over 18 Entry fee €12 per poem
Prize: 
€10,000

ABOUT THE PRIZE

Launched in 2011, The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize has quickly established itself as one of the most sought after prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem.

Every year, a single judge is asked to choose four winning poems, to feature in the spring issue of The Moth. An overall winner is then announced at a special award ceremony in Dublin in the spring.

The winner receives €10,000. Each of the other shortlisted entrants receive €1,000.

THE JUDGE

This year's judge Deborah Landau's ‘killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath - leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,' according to the Los Angeles Times. Her latest collection The Uses of the Body featured on the ‘Best of 2015' lists in The New Yorker, Vogue, BuzzFeed and O, The Oprah Magazine. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

HOW TO ENTER

The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

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

You can enter online or send your poem(s) 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 poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.

CLOSING DATE 31 DECEMBER 2016

The shortlist will be announced in March 2017 and all four poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.

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UK International Novel Writing Competition 2016

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Closing date: 
30 November 2016
Entry: 
Open to all writers worldwide, including self-publishers
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000, Second Prize £2,500, Third Prize £1,000

The UK International Novel Writing Competition is the only one in the world that is judged by the public. £5000 First Prize.

We are the organisers of the UK Short Story Competition which has only just started the judging process. (August 2016)
After the success of the UK Short Story Competition, this competition is based on the same successful model.

The 'X Factor' for writing competitions.

The public decides who wins.

Worldwide entries are welcome.

Self-published submissions are welcome.

The ONLY restriction is that your submission must not have been published by a publisher. That's it.

If it's on your blog, it's okay.

If you are represented by an agent, it's ok.

If it's on Amazon or any other e-book retailer, it's okay.

If you've self-published it as a paperback, it's okay.

As long as you haven't had an advance from a publisher, it's okay.

We can't be fairer than that.

We have over 10,200 registered judges from the UK Short Story Competition just waiting to see your work.

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UK Novel Writing Competition 2016

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Closing date: 
30 November 2016
Entry: 
Open to all writers internationally £12
Prize: 
1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £2500 and 3rd Prize £1000

The only Novel Writing Competition where the Public are the Judges

Most Novel Writing Competitions are judged by Celebrities, Editors, Publishers, Creative Writing Tutors, etc. But not this one.

A Novel Writing Competition with a Difference

UK Novel Writing Competition is the only one in the world that is judged by the public. £5000 First Prize.

We are the organisers of the UK Short Story Competition which started its the judging process in August.

After the success of the UK Short Story Competition, this competition is based on the same successful model.

The 'X Factor' for writing competitions.

The public decides who wins.

Worldwide entries are welcome. Self-published submissions are welcome.

The ONLY restriction is that your submission must not have been published by a publisher. That's it.

  • If it's on your blog, it's okay.
  • If you are represented by an agent, it's ok.
  • If it's on Amazon or any other e-book retailer, it's okay.


We can't be fairer than that.

We have over 9,293 registered judges from the UK Short Story Competition just waiting to see your work.

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National Poetry Competition 2016

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Closing date: 
31 October 2016
Entry: 
Open to anyone from anywhere in the world aged 17 or over at the time of entering First poem £6.50. Subsequent entries £3.50 per poem
Prize: 
First prize £5000, Second prize £2000, Third prize £1000 and Seven commendations £200 each

The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk's annual 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 for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000.

Ten prizes

First prize: £5000
Second prize: £2000
Third prize: £1000
Seven commendations: £200 each

Winning poems are published on The Poetry Society website, and the top three in The Poetry Review. Winners are invited to read at events and festivals all around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants will also be offered discount on selected activities from The Poetry Society, and one of our competition partners the Poetry School.

Judges

Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambridge and Jack Underwood.

Closing date 31 October 2016

The National Poetry Competition has been one of Britain's top single poem competitions since 1978. It is judged by a new set of judges each year, and all poems are made anonymous before they are judged. All the first prize winners are listed below, and you can explore their poems using the links on the right-hand side of the page.

Open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering

The first poem submitted costs £6.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get a free second entry, with subsequent poems at £3.50.

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The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
30 September 2016
Entry: 
Open to all Entry fee 12 euros
Prize: 
1st prize €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth’s Artists’ Residence, 2nd prize €300, 3rd prize €200

For an unpublished story (of no more than 1,500 words) by an adult for children aged 7-11. The three winning stories will appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

Judged by Mark Lowery, award-winning author of The Jam Doughnut that Ruined My Life, Pants are Everything and Socks are Not Enough

All you need do to apply is send us your original, unpublished story of no more than 1,500 words - on any theme or subject, as long as it is appropriate for 7-11 year olds.

You can ENTER ONLINE or download an ENTRY FORM and send it along with your story to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

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

Don't forget to READ THE RULES before you enter!

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England’s Future History

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Closing date: 
30 September 2016
Entry: 
No entry fee
Prize: 
No prize but you get your story published on the site

Writers paint bleak future for England

Brexit blues and post Euro 2016 have created a bleak mood in England - and it's not going to get much better if the country's creative are anything to go by.

We can expect food shortages, rising house prices, and possibly even the death of God. But it's not all bad - we'll soon be able to remove bad memories, chose out after life and even get a new pair of wings attached in the time it takes to ink a tattoo.

These are just some of the predictions found in the short stories on the England's Future History website

Our future timeline

The project was launched by former magazine editor Jonathan Brown to create a future timeline for the country.

Every three months, submissions are invited from short stories writers. The rules are simple - each tale should be set at some point in England's future.

The catch is the events of each published entry become part of a timeline. Other writers then need to make sure their entries take these events into account.

Jonathan Brown, who now works with the Press Association as a digital content editor, said: "I wanted to create a joined up vision of our future.

"We're at a tipping point in our country - we could head in a number of directions. I was just interested to see what other people thought would happen."

The story so far...

The winning writers range from absolute beginners to experienced journalists and authors.

Jonathan Brown added: "The range of topics covered is amazing. But they're definitely a few areas that are coming up time and again, with genetics and future healthcare one of the big issues."

So far, seven stories have been published. See the website.

While there's no set end date of the project, Jonathan says he'll review the timeline after a year and see whether there's still room to expand it or whether it'll be time to reset and start again.

"The stories, I hope, reflect 2016. It'd be interesting to do it every year and see how the future changes."

More information...

  1. Entries are accepted all year round but new stories are only published once a quarter. It's free to enter.
  2. Ideas should be emailed to englandsfuturehistory@gmail.com . Visit the Submissions page for more details.
  3. Want to submit your short story. Here are a few rules...
  4. All stories should be under 3,000 words, but can be as little as 500 words.
  5. All stories should be set in England at some point in the future.
  6. New entries must not contradict anything that has gone before. Check the timeline post for key dates and events.
  7. I will have final say on what goes in.
  8. All submissions should include a future date at the start so I can easily place it on the timeline.
  9. We don't mind if you have published your stories elsewhere previously.
  10. We'd prefer not to remove stories once published - so be certain you want your piece online.
  11. We'll edit your piece for typos and grammar mistakes, so let me know beforehand if there are any intentional mistakes, grammar styles etc that I should know about.
  12. We'll aim to let you know within 3 weeks.
  13. Oh, and it's free to enter.

Deadlines are at the end of March, June, September and December. The next one is September 30, 2016.

If you want your story to be included, simply email us with your story as an attachment, a bit about yourself and brief intro to your piece.

The BookLife Prize in Fiction

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Closing date: 
30 September 2016
Entry: 
Open to all authors of unpublished or self-published novels Entry fee $99
Prize: 
$5,000 Grand Prize, Publishable Critique for Every Entry

The BookLife Prize in Fiction is an 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/. The Prize seeks to support new authors and discover great works of fiction in six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction. The Prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist.

Prizes

The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize in Fiction will receive $5,000 as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.

All finalists will receive a blurb from a bestselling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a Critic's Report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.

Mission

The mission of the BookLife Prize in Fiction is to discover, cultivate, support, and celebrate great works of unpublished or self-published fiction by independent authors. The Prize also aims to provide feedback to authors about their work, provide a Critic's Report which may assist finalists in the marketing of their fiction, and provide financial support via a cash prize to the grand-prize winner.

Eligibility and Submissions

Unpublished or self-published novels -- works for which the author has subvented the cost of the book's publication -- in the English language are eligible for the BookLife Prize in Fiction.

Each submission can only be entered into one of the following categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction.

Contest Structure

The BookLife Prize in Fiction runs from June 1, 2016, to January 30, 2017, with the Contest divided into four rounds.

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The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2017

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Closing date: 
29 September 2016
Entry: 
An outstanding English-language story of no more than 6,000 words from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland
Prize: 
First Prize £30,000 (US$39,700) and five runners up will receive £1,000

The English World's Richest Prize for a Short Story - Open for Submissions

Co-founded in 2010 by the late Lord Matthew Evans of EFG and the Sunday Times' Cathy Galvin, this is an international award that promotes ‘the excellence of the modern short story.'

Offering £30,000 (US$39,700) to its winner, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has opened its call for submissions, with a deadline this year of September 29 at 6 p.m. GMT.

Managed this year by London's Society of Authors and sponsored by the Sunday Times and private banking firm EFG International, the award is in its eighth year, and is, in the words of Sunday Times Literary Editor Andrew
Holgate, who is quoted as saying:

"The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has come an immense distance in a very short space of time, and its place as the so-called ‘Baby Booker' now feels cemented. Few prizes can boast such an international reach, such celebrated winners, and such a record too for discovering new talent. I am immensely excited about this eighth year of the Award and what literary gems we shall find."

The judges for the 2017 prize are to be announced in September and "will be looking for an outstanding English-language story of no more than 6,000 words from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland," according to the news release. "The winner will receive £30,000, and the shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000 as well as having their work published online."

This means that ‘the author must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. This means the author must previously have had works of prose fiction, drama or poetry published by an established publisher or an established printed magazine in the UK or Ireland, or broadcast by a national radio station in the UK or Ireland'.

A longlist will be announced in February 2017 and shortlist of six in March 2017. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner in London in April 2017.

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Eligibility rules

Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition 2016

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Closing date: 
19 September 2016
Entry: 
Open to all unpublished women writers Entry fee £25
Prize: 
£5,000

MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed' women writers. Good range of quality writing, information and advice with news, reviews, competitions and interviews, all presented in a friendly fashion. Praised by Helen Dunmore as 'astute, invigorating and above all an excellent read.' www.mslexia.co.uk Women's Novel Competition 2016 is for novels of at least 15,000 words written for children (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists.

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children's novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), and Charlotte Eyre (Children's Editor, the Bookseller).

1st Prize: £5,000 plus the winner and four other finalists will receive free professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy and be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London.

Entry Fee: £25 per novel.

The winner will be announced in the Mar/Apr/May 2017 issue of Mslexia.

CLOSING DATE: 19 September 2016

For more details mslexia.co.uk/novel

 

T S Eliot Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
5 August 2016
Entry: 
Submissions from publishers in the UK and Republic of Ireland only No entry fee
Prize: 
£20,000 for the winner, £1,500 for each of the ten shortlisted poets

The T S Eliot Prize 2016 is now open for submissions and the closing date will be 5 August 2016.

Submissions may only come from publishers and the Prize is only open to single-author poetry collections published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the calendar year of 2016.

The Prize, which is one of the world's top poetry prizes, was set up by 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 in 1953 in honour of its founding poet. Since the charity the Poetry Book Society closed down in June 2016 and the book club and membership were transferred to Inpress Ltd, the Prize is now supported and run by the T S Eliot Foundation.

Ruth Padel will be Chair of the 2016 judging panel, alongside poets Julia Copus and Allan Gillis. The judges will meet in October to decide on all ten books which will make up the shortlist. The T S Eliot Prize Readings will take place in the Southbank's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 15th January 2017, to be followed by the announcement of the winner at the Award Ceremony the following night.

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The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016

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Closing date: 
31 July 2016
Entry: 
Open to young poets aged 11-17 from across the world No entry fee
Prize: 
Winners will have their poems published in the annual Foyle Anthology and will attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets.

Prize Winners will have their poems published in the annual Foyle Anthology and will attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets.
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is for poems written by any young poet aged 11-17. Since it began 15 years ago the Award has kick-started the career of some of today's most exciting new voices. It is the largest competition of its kind and is free to enter.

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. This year's judges are Malika Booker and W N Herbert. The winners receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. Since it was founded in 1998 the Award has kick-started the career of some of today's most exciting new voices, such as Helen Mort, a successful poet whose first collection was recently published by Chatto & Windus. With entries from over 7,600 young people this year across from the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and will receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day. Thanks to funding from the Foyle Foundation the competition remains completely free to enter and we are able to offer a wide range of prizes, opportunities and resources.

Overall Winners will have their poems published in the annual Foyle Anthology, 24,000 of which are distributed to poets, teachers, students, libraries, schools and arts organisations right across the UK. Additionally, winners attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets or benefit from poetry residencies at their school followed by distance mentoring (age dependent).

These winners are among the most promising young literary talent in the UK, and the ceremony is the first step in an ongoing process of developing this potential; many of our former winners have gone on to publish work with major publishing houses such as Faber & Faber and Carcanet, and we support them through a number of initiatives helping them to establish themselves in the literary and publishing world, such as internships, editorial opportunities and showcasing events.

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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
15 July 2016
Entry: 
Open to writers of any nationality and any age group with work which has not been previously published Entry fee £6
Prize: 
Winners in each category will receive £300 and their entries will be published in Wasafiri.

The New Writing Prize 2016 is now open for entries!

Submissions are welcome in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. Ensure that you submit your entry/entries by the deadline: 5pm BST on 15 July 2016. Winners will receive £300 and their entries will be published in Wasafiri.

1. The competition is open to any nationality and any age group.
2. The word limit is 3000 maximum (or a maximum of 5 poems).
3. Work submitted must not have been previously published (this includes self-publishing and publishing on websites, personal or otherwise) or have won a prize in another competition.

We are pleased to announce this year's judges:

Diran Adebayo, named 'one of the Best Young British Novelists' in 2002; world-renowned prize-winning poet Imtiaz Dharker; and Vesna Goldsworthy, award-winning writer, former BBC World Service

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journalist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. The panel will be chaired by Susheila Nasta MBE, Founding Editor of Wasafiri and Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University.

Background to the prize:

The path to literary success can sometimes seem elusive, even for those with talent. So, in 2009, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize was launched to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. With a list of high profile judges over the years including Brian Chikwava, Colin Grant, Maya Jaggi, Jackie Kay, Tabish Khair, Toby Litt and Blake Morrison, the NWP has boosted the confidence of writers in competitive times. In the words of one winner: 'Before I was shortlisted I was ... convinced I was never going to write another poem again... thank you so much for this, I never ... want to stop writing.'

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