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Writing Opportunities 2019

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019

Closing date: 
8 February 2019
Open to unpublished female writers, aged 21 or over, who live in the UK or Ireland Entry fee
Winner £1,500 and all shortlisted entrants receive a half-hour one-to-one consultation, with our competition sponsors PFD

Lucy Cavendish Prize for Unpublished Women Writers

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. The work can be on any subject at all. We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded.

All shortlisted entrants receive a valuable half-hour one-to-one consultation, with our competition sponsors PFDRepresents authors of fiction and non-fiction, children's writers, screenwriters, playwrights, documentary makers, technicians, presenters and public speakers throughout the world. Has 85 years of international experience in all media. PDF now have a POD section. Some good advice for those seeking a representative., who will give editorial feedback and discuss the marketability of the work submitted. In addition, the 2019 winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500.

The work you submit must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or self-published. In addition, anyone who has previously had a full-length novel accepted for publication is not eligible to enter.

Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

To be considered, you need to supply us with your entry fee of £12, and submit the first 40-50 pages of the novel via the online form and a synopsis (5-10 pages long) of the remainder.

The closing date for the competition is 12 noon Friday 8 February 2019

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The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2019

Closing date: 
1 February 2019
Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over No entry fee
£1,500 and other prizes

The Spread the Word

London organisation running creative writing workshops for writers at all stages, with a focus on new writing and live literature, and encouraging innovation and experimentation.

Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre was established in 2016.

Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro.

Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true', reflects someone's own life journey or experiences and is not fiction.

Entries should be original works of life writing of no more than 5,000 words. There is no minimum word count.
The 2019 Life Writing Prize winner will receive £1,500, publication on Spread the Word's website, an Arvon course, two years' membership to the Royal Society of LiteratureThis British site may seem rather formal (stated aim ‘to sustain and encourage all that is perceived as best whether traditional or experimental in English letters, and to strive for a Catholic appreciation of literature’), but has a lively series of lectures and discussions involving distinguished authors. Also administers literary prizes. and a development meeting with an editor and an agent.

Two highly commended entries will each receive £500 and two mentoring sessions, a development meeting with an editor and an agent, and be published on the Spread the Word website. Three writers will be shortlisted, and six will be longlisted.

This year's judges are Colin Grant, Inua Ellams and Ros Barber.

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