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Writing Opportunities 2018

National Poetry Writing Month

Closing date: 
30 April 2018
Open to all No entry fee

NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April, starting on 1 April.

This website is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo,  or National Novel Writing Month), she started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project.

This site isn't meant to be "official," or to indicate ownership or authority over the idea of writing 30 poems in April. There is no corporate sponsorship of this project. No money is intended to change hands anywhere. Maureen just likes poems and wants to encourage people to write them. The site doesn't ask for your email address, or any other personal information. Heck, you don't even have to give your name.

NapoWriMo website

Deviant Minds

Closing date: 
27 April 2018
Open to unagented and unpublished crime or thriller writers who were born or are resident in the UK or Ireland No entry fee
Representation by A M Heath and digital publication by Corvus

Do you have what it takes to become a bestselling crime and thriller writer? Do you spend time day-dreaming about fiendishly complex ways to see off your boss or mother-in-law? Fancy yourself as the next Gillian Flynn or Lee Child? Well, now it's time to put your talent to the test.

Corvus (Atlantic) and AM Heath have launched a competition for unagented and unpublished crime or thriller writers. Deviant Minds offers the winning writer representation by AM Heath and digital publication by Corvus, "with possible print publication to follow".

Entrants should submit the first 10,000 words of their novels, plus synopses of not more than 300 words, via email to The deadline for entries is midnight GMT on 27 April. Five entries will be shortlisted, and the writers will be asked to submit their completed novels. The winner will be announced on 9 July.

The judges are AM Heath agents Euan Thorneycroft and Oli Munson, with Corvus editorial director Sara O'Keeffe and editor Susannah Hamilton.

A statement from AM Heath said: "AM Heath is always on the lookout for new voices and new talent, so we're thrilled to be launching a prize that welcomes and gives opportunities to unpublished writers. We know there are great undiscovered crime and thriller writers out there - and we're excited to read many of them over the coming months!"

O'Keeffe said: "We are delighted to launch the Deviant Minds crime and thriller prize in conjunction with AM Heath and look forward to reading a vast array of stories. We hope that from Deviant Minds will spring some devilishly good fiction."

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Winchester Writers Festival 2018 Writing Competitions

Closing date: 
11 April 2018
Open to all, no requirement to attend the Festival £6 per entry, +10 for feedback
Various prizes

Our 2018 Writing Competitions are now open!

For full details on our ten writing competitions, please visit

• Flash Fiction
• Short Story
• Memoir
• Picture Books
• Children's Funny Fiction
• Skylark Soaring Stories
• First Three Pages of a Novel
• Poetry
• Writing Can Be Murder
• Young Writers' Competition

COMPETITION FEES:: £6 to enter/per entry, additional £10 per entry for constructive feedback - NB Writing for Children - Picture Book, Children's Funny Fiction, Skylark Soaring Stories, and the Young Writers' competitions do NOT offer feedback. It is FREE to enter the Young Writers' Competition.

ALL entries must be submitted electronically via the Submittable competition entry software system. No paper or email entries will be accepted (except for the Young Writers' Competition, which must be in paper form.)

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