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Writing Opportunities 2018

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
31 March 2018
Entry: 
Any adult poet can enter a single unpublished poem written for children Entry fee €12
Prize: 
€1,000 Prize

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is for a single unpublished poem written by an adult for children. Anyone can enter the competition - from anywhere in the world - as long as the poem is original and unpublished.

We are delighted to announce that Chrissie Gittins will judge The 2018 Caterpillar Poetry Prize. Chrissie's first two collections of poetry for children were shortlisted for the CLPE Award and three were PBS Choices for the CPB. Her poems have been animated for Cbeebies TV and are widely anthologized.

‘Chrissie knows just what words can do: she makes them dance, sing, sit still for a moment and then leap across the page with joy!' Ian McMillan

The winning poem will feature in the summer 2018 issue of The Caterpillar.

John Hegley said of last year's winner, 'Auntie Aggie' by Janet Turner, ‘The story flies straight and trusted and there are many incidents of delight - and ‘bum' and ‘pants' seemed necessary, not merely decorative.'

HOW TO ENTER

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.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

The winning poem will feature in the summer 2018 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.

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The White Review Short Story Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
1 March 2018
Entry: 
Open to writers resident in Britain and Ireland who have yet to secure a publishing deal Entry fee £15 but some low income exclusions
Prize: 
£2,500

The White Review Short Story Prize 2018 is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. This will be the sixth year of the prize. The closing date for entries to the prize is 1 March 2018.

The prize was established in 2013 with a one-off grant from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and it awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Previous winners, who include Claire Louise Bennett, Sophie Mackintosh and Nicole Flattery, have gone on to secure book deals with Hamish Hamilton, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Fourth Estate and The Stinging Fly.

This year, for the first time, the prize will be supported by United AgentsClick for United Agents Agents References listing, a partnership which will run for a minimum of three years.

The judges will be looking for "short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter." The winning story will be published in a quarterly print issue of The White Review, and shortlisted stories will be published on The White Review website. The judging panel consists of: Chloe Aridjis, Sam Byers, Zeljka Marošević, Anne Meadows, and Sophie Scard.

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