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Writing Opportunities 2018

Winchester Poetry Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
31 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to all poets worldwide aged 16 and over £5 for the first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
Prize: 
1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250

Winchester Poetry Prize 2018 celebrating the best in new writing

First Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250

Judge: Liz Berry

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems

Winchester Poetry Prize aims to surprise and delight. Following its launch in 2016, the Winchester Poetry Prize is now an annual competition. This year we are very pleased to welcome Liz Berry as our judge.

In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.

A prize is also available for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.

Liz Berry was born and brought up in the Black Country, and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, and an Arvon-Jerwood mentorship in 2011, and in 2012 she won the Poetry London competition. Her debut pamphlet, The Patron Saint of School Girls, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010. Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014) was a 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 recommendation, and winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine.

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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

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Closing date: 
31 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to all 13-17 year-olds worldwide No entry fee
Prize: 
Top 15 winners win mentoring and a life-changing residential writing course

The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk's 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 Sarah Howe, Jay Bernard and Helen Mort. With entries from over 6,000 young people last 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 in early October. 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. Winners receive a range of fantastic prizes including membership of The Poetry Society and a stack of poetry goodies. Winners also 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 or distance-mentoring depending on their age and location.

Judges

Caroline Bird, who has had five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T S Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. A two time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. http://poems.poetrysociety.org.uk/poets/caroline-bird/


Daljit Nagra, who Daljit Nagra has published four books of poetry with Faber & Faber. His poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2004and his subsequent two collections, Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! and his version of the Ramayana were nominated for the TS Eliot Prize. He is the inaugural Poet in Residence for Radio 4/4. http://poems.poetrysociety.org.uk/poets/daljit-nagra/

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The Daily Mail Penguin Random House first novel competition

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Closing date: 
13 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland No entry fee
Prize: 
£20,000

Welcome to The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel Competition. Before sending in your entry please read all the rules as any entries that do not comply with all the conditions will be discounted. In particular, please be aware of the closing date of 17.30 GMT on Friday 13 July 2018, and that no manuscripts will be returned so keep a copy of your entry, which should be no longer than a 3,000 word opening and a 600 word synopsis of the remainder of the book. You should also include a short three-paragraph cover letter stating who you are and the main idea behind your book.

Entry is free but you must not have had a book published before, whether that is in print, e-book or self-published.

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Daily Mail PRH First Novel Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
13 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland and has not had a book published before, whether that is in print, e-book or self-published. No entry fee
Prize: 
A £20,000 advance and publishing contract with PRH imprint Century and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi

The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House have launched the third year of their nationwide competition to search for a new writing talent.

The winner will receive a £20,000 advance and publishing contract with PRH imprint Century and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi.

Entrants are invited to submit the first 3,000 words of their novel, along with a 600-word synopsis. Submissions can be of any adult genre except for saga, science fiction and fantasy. Entrants must not have had a novel published before.

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts: author and TV presenter Fern Britton; Bonomi, managing director of LBA Literary Agents; crime writer Simon Kernick; the Daily Mail's literary editor Sandra Parsons; and Selina Walker, publisher for Century & Arrow.

Walker said she would this year be looking for "authors who can tell stories that pull you into a world that feels more real than the one around you, who can create characters you care about, who can shape a narrative you absolutely can't put down". She added: "It's hard to find a writer who can do all three - but when you do, it jumps out and bites you on the nose."

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Myriad’s First Drafts Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
6 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to unpublished women writers of any nationality and of African heritage or descent.
Prize: 
Publication in the forthcoming anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby and a week's writing retreat

Myriad EditionsOnline image bank of infographics from The State of the World Atlas by Dan Smith. Useful resource for students, academics, teachers, journalists and businesses, the store will soon contain maps and graphics from their entire State of the World Atlas series. Download via Paypal, low resolution images start at $1 and high resolution images from $50. is now seeking entries for a special edition of its annual First Drafts award, now in its ninth year, to launch unpublished writers. This year, the Competition will be in celebration of Myriad's forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby OBE. The Competition is open to women writers of any nationality over the age of 18 who identify as female and of African heritage or descent and who have not published or self-published a book-length work of fiction or narrative nonfiction.

Entries must be:

  • an excerpt or complete work (story or essay, for example) of fiction or narrative nonfiction, including memoir
  • written in English (there is no UK residency requirement)
  • not exceeding 5,000 words

The winning entry will be published in New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th and 21st Century Writing by Women of African Descent (March 2019), alongside writers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Malorie Blackman, Andrea Levy, Warsan Shire and Zadie Smith, 'as well as overlooked historical authors and today's emerging writers.' This new anthology is a follow-up to Busby's original Daughters of Africa (Cape, 1992).

Candida Lacey, publishing director of Myriad and one of the judging panel, said: "The timing of the competition coincides perfectly with our work with Margaret Busby on her New Daughters of Africa anthology. It was simply too good an opportunity to miss - to be able to offer an emerging author the chance to be published alongside such eminent writers. This is an exceptional opportunity not only for the winner to be published in a high-profile anthology alongside major authors but also for the finalists to bring their work to the notice of publishers and agents.

"It will celebrate a unifying heritage, a richness and magnitude of imagination, and the strong links that endure from generation to generation as well as the common obstacles that female writers of colour continue to face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class."

Margaret Busby, writer and broadcaster, and Elise Dillsworth, literary agent, will join the First Drafts judging panel alongside an independent bookseller. The 2017 winner was Sylvia Carr Clebsch for an extract from her novel, Safe. First Drafts is a collaboration between Myriad and West Dean College. In addition to publication in New Daughters of Africa, the winner will be offered a week's writing retreat at the college.

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