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Writing Opportunities 2018

LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019

Closing date: 
31 October 2018
Unpublished stories by writers from all over the world No entry fee
The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast, and published on the LoveReading website. has launched a competition for stories of between 600-1000 words in length, written in English, in any genre. The award is open to entries from overseas as well as the UK, from both unpublished and published authors. However, only unpublished stories are eligible for entry. The judges are looking for 'exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written stories that leave a powerful impression on the reader.'

The team of five judges will read the stories blind when choosing their 10 shortlisted stories and this will be complemented by a People's Choice vote, in which LoveReading members will vote for their favourite story. The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast, and published on the LoveReading website.

The judges are: Elena Lappin (LR Podcast host, editor & author), Liz Robinson (LoveReading Reviews Editor), Maxim Jakubowski (author, translator, editor), Alison Flood (Guardian's book reporter & literary journalist), and Preti Taneja (novelist).

The deadline for submissions is 31 October. The shortlist of 10 stories will be announced in January 2019, and the winning story in February 2019.

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National Poetry Competition 2018

Closing date: 
31 October 2018
Open to any poet from across the world aged 17 or over at the time of entering £7 for your first poem, and £4 per poem thereafter. Members of The Poetry Society can enter a second poem for free
First Prize £5,000 with 9 other cash prizes

Now in its 40th year, 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 is open for entries! Judged by Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron, there are 10 cash prizes, including a first prize of £5000.

Previous winners have had their work featured in national newspapers, literary and poetry festivals, and in The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content.'s quarterly journal The Poetry Review. For many, the prize has proved an important career milestone; winners follow in the footsteps of Tony Harrison, Jo Shapcott, Colette Bryce and UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and many more. For your poem, it might be the start of an astronomical journey.

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Futurebook Story Competition

Closing date: 
30 October 2018
Open to international writers of 18 or over No entry fee
Reading your story at the Futurebook conference, publication on the Pigeonhole app and full set of novels from this year’s Arthur C. Clarke shortlist.

Calling all writers!

Could you create a fresh and exciting vision of the future of the book?

So for 2018, the Futurebook conference is partnering up with social reading app The Pigeonhole to run a short story competition exploring ideas around the future of the book. The past three decades have seen extraordinary advancements in reading methods; from e-books to mobile reading, speed reading apps to audiobooks on your phone. Everyone is engaging with words in multiple ways, and yet the paper book is still going strong.

What will the next few decades bring?

We are looking for no more than 5,000 words of speculative fiction. The winning short stories could explore the future of reading, writing, publishing and bookselling - but whatever their angle, they'll present some fresh and unexpected ideas about what the future might hold for the book. We want original thinking, compelling plots and fantastic prose - and in return you will get the opportunity to share your work in front of an audience of industry insiders at the FutureBook Live conference, 2018.
Judges will be Molly Flatt, Anna Jean Hughes, Founder of The Pigeonhole; and Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C.Clarke Award for Science Fiction.

The winner will be invited to read an extract of their story before sitting on a panel hosted by Anna Jean Hughes with an agent, publisher and publicist at FutureBook Live on the 30th November. The winning story, along with four runners up, will also be published on the Pigeonhole app, and the winner will receive a full set of novels from this year's Arthur C. Clarke shortlist.

"The way we read has changed more in 30 years than it has in the last three hundred, so I can't wait to see what writers of today will make of our books of the future," says Hughes. "It's a real treat to join forces with FutureBook, they've long been supporters of the Pigeonhole and there's no better place to read and discuss stories about the future than on our app."

Deadline for all submissions is Tuesday October 30th.

Please submit your story complete with full name, email and brief biography to:

Terms and conditions

  1. Short stories must be no more 5,000 words (not including the title) and written on theme of the future of reading, writing, publishing and bookselling
  2. Entries must be emailed as a word.doc or TextEdit attachment to, along with the entrant's name and a short biography in the body of the covering email
  3. The competition is open to writers all over the world, though entrants must be 18 or over at the time of submission
    Entries must be written in English and only original, unpublished work will be accepted
  4. Closing date midnight 30st October 2018 and all entrants will be informed of our decision before the 19th of November
  5. The Pigeonhole will not be held responsible for any libellous material included in an entry
  6. Judges are unable to provide any feedback on submissions

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018

Closing date: 
22 October 2018
Open to all Entry fee £6 for first poem £4 for further poems
First prize £2,000, Second prize £1,000 and Third prize a week-long creative-writing course at the Arvon centre of your choice

Judged by Jo Shapcott and Daljit Nagra

  • first prize £2,000
  • second prize £1,000
  • third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
    with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
  • plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
    5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from
  • bloodaxe books
  • carcanet
  • faber & fabernine arches press
  • seren books

5 prizes of 1-yr poetry magazine subscriptions from

  • under the radar
  • poetry wales
  • pn review
  • new ohio review
  • mslexia

plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

Submit via e-mail or post by Mon 22 Oct 2018


Jo Shapcott has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry & has won a number of literary prizes including Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, Forward Prize for Best Collection, 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 (twice), & the Costa Book Award for her most recent, Of Mutability. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book & My Life Asleep are gathered in a ‘selected poems' entitled Her Book.

Daljit Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry, in 2007, and for its title poem, Look, We Have Coming to Dover!, three years earlier. His other publications include a retelling of the Ramayana, a Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition winner, Oh My Rub!, & two further poetry collections, Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White Man Eating Tiger Toy Machine & his latest, British Museum (Faber, 2017).
judges will read all poems submitted

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