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Writing Opportunities 2018

The Moth Short Story Prize 2018

Closing date: 
30 June 2018
Any writer over 18 with an unpublished story Entry fee €12 per story
1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize week-long writing retreat in France plus €250 travel stipend and 3rd prize €1,000

The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth.

This year's judge is Kevin Barry, former winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Barry's debut novel won the Author's Club First Novel Prize, The European Prize for Literature and the IMPAC Prize and his latest novel Beatlebone was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize.

1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000

The Prize is open to anyone over 18 as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. The entry fee is €12 per story.

Closing 30 June 2018

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Richard and Judy's Search For A Bestseller 2018

Closing date: 
14 June 2018
Writers resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland No entry fee
£30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and representation from literary agency Furniss Lawton

The Richard and Judy Book Club - the biggest book club in Britain - is widely relied upon by readers to provide an abundance of writing talent a chance to shine, from debut novelists to highly acclaimed authors. In the time since they first teamed up with WH Smith to launch the book club, reading, reviewing and discovering new authors has remained something that the couple are truly passionate about.

And so, once again, Richard and Judy have launched a lucrative competition to find a first-time author with the potential to become a bestselling writer. ‘Search for a Bestseller', supported by WH Smith, will be accepting manuscripts from unpublished authors from 19th April 2018 to 14th June 2018. Richard and Judy will then be leading the selection process, helped by editors and agents, to choose a winner who will receive a £30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton.

Richard Madeley commented: "Judy and I are so excited to host the "search for a bestseller" competition, it gives us a chance to keep doing what we both love - reading and discovering a fantastic title for our devoted Book Club audience. We can't wait to read the submissions!"
To enter Search for a Bestseller, aspiring authors must submit 10,000 words of original fiction aimed at adults, as well as a synopsis of the full novel, via the entry form.

A Letter from Richard and Judy

'If there's one thing we've discovered in picking bestselling titles for our Richard and Judy Book Club, it is just how many fantastic new writers are out there. Since forming the club with WH Smith, we are proud to have launched the careers of a host of exciting debut authors. We were also delighted with the well deserved success of the previous winners of our Search for a Bestseller competition. Both Tracy Rees (author of Amy Snow) and Caz Frear (author of Sweet Little Lies) have enjoyed fantastic sales

So now it could be your turn to see your book in print. Together with publisher Bonnier Zaffre, and WH Smith, we're on the hunt once again for talented new writers, and when we find one of them we're going to put them firmly on the road to a £30,000 publishing deal.

Are you our next bestseller? We want to meet you.'

Richard and Judy

See the website to find out what Bonnier Zaffre are looking for.

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The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year 2018

Closing date: 
8 June 2018
Writers of published fiction, non-fiction and poetry between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK and Ireland, published or self-published No entry fee
First Prize £5,000 plus a 10 week residency and a year of mentoring, three runners-up £500

Submissions are being accepted until June 8 in one of the industry's longest-named awards, The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. The prize programme is designed to honour fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK and Ireland.

Its key sponsor is the literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop and last year introduced an association with the University of Warwick's writing program. A part of the winner's prize is a 10-week residency and a year of mentoring. The British CouncilThis government-supported body is best-known for its activities overseas, but in fact provides a great deal of information which is of interest to writers.
Their UK Literature Festivals provides a full listing, but this is only as up to date as the information supplied by the individual festival organizers.
is also involved, as an international partner of the prize programme.

The prize was founded in 1991 but has had an uneven presence, having been suspended in 2008, then revived in 2015. It's one of the few large prizes that accepts submissions of both trade and self-published works.

The winner of the prize gets £5,000 (US$7,038) and each of three runners-up are given £500 (US$703).

This year's shortlist is expected to be announced on November 4, and the winner will be known December 6. On the submissions page at the Society of Authors, which administers the program, there's an option for publishers submitting their authors' work and for self-publishers submitting their own.

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