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Writing Opportunities 2018

The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition 2018

Closing date: 
31 January 2018
Open to all poets over 18 Entry fee £4 for one poem, £10 for three poems
First Prize £500, Second Prize £150 and Third Prize £100

Competition Judge: Zaffar Kunial

Zaffar Kunial's debut pamphlet was published by Faber & Faber in 2014 as part of the Faber New Poets series. In the same year he became the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. He has twice been a prize-winner in 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. He left his full-time job as a ‘Creative Writer' for Hallmark Cards when he won a Northern Writers' Award in 2013. In 2015 he won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. He lives in Hebden Bridge.

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Pushkin Children’s Books open submission 2018

Closing date: 
8 January 2018
Open to all unpublished authors of middle-grade books

Pushkin Children's Books is repeating its Open Submission Initiative, for middle-grade books, on 8 January for one day only from 00.00-23.59 GMT.

According to the publisher: 'Both Pushkin Children's Books and Sarah Odedina, editor-at-large, believe whole-heartedly in encouraging new talent and this initiative will provide unpublished writers with a golden opportunity to have their work seen by a leading figure in the literary world. The submission must include a synopsis and the first 10,000 words, plus a short author bio.'

The 2016 event saw Lindsey Whitlock's The Collective signed, with Pushkin acquiring world rights from the author.

Whitlock said: "Getting my manuscript to an editor by way of an open submission has been more than just helpful to me; it's also been so gratifying. The world of queries can be a dismal and impersonal one. It was a pleasure knowing my work was being read by someone like Sarah, and it's a pleasure, now, to partner with someone invested in bringing out the best in my work and words."

Odedina previously launched and ran Bonnier imprint Hot Key Books, and before that was editor-in-chief for children's books at Bloomsbury, where she oversaw publication of the Harry Potter series as well as publishing Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar, Celia Rees and Chris Priestley.

Submissions should be sent to with the subject line ‘Sarah Odedina Open Submission Material.'