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Writing Opportunities 2019

The Booklife Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Authors with unpublished or self-published novels in 5 categories Entry fee $99
Prize: 
Grand Prize $5,000, category finalists a social media marketing package from BookBaby worth $1,000

The first round of the annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries http://www.publishersweekly.com/ kicked off on April 1.

The BookLife Prize is back and and looking for the next great novel.

Now in its fourth year, the BookLife Prize - a writing contest sponsored by Publishers Weekly and BookLife - will be accepting submissions for its Fiction Contest till August 31, 2019.

Authors may enter unpublished or self-published novels in five categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; and YA/Middle-Grade.

All entrants will receive a Critic's Report, a brief critical assessment of their book written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer; the grand-prize winner will receive a $5,000 writing stipend and be profiled in Publishers Weekly. Additionally, the finalists from each category will receive a social media marketing package from BookBaby worth $1,000.

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The Kindle Storyteller Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Writers of 18 or over publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing between 1st May and 31 August 2019 No entry fee
Prize: 
Grand Prize £20,000 cash, publishing agreement with Amazon Publishing and Amazon launch

The Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing between 1st May and 31 August 2019. There are some specific exclusions in the Terms and Conditions, which need carefuly reading.

Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts. One judge is Mariella Frostrup.

The Kindle Storyteller 2019 writing contest is open for entries between 1st May, 2019 and 31st August, 2019. Books must be written in English, previously unpublished and be available as an eBook and in print via Kindle Direct Publishing. The winning author will receive a £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at a central London award ceremony. Finalists will receive a Kindle Oasis Reader.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

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Closing date: 
31 August 2019
Entry: 
Open to writers across the world Entry fees Short Fiction £13.50, Poetry £9
Prize: 
£1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner and the Short Fiction Winner

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with a literary agency, membership of The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

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Short Fiction: NOW £13.50 WAS £18 | Poetry: NOW £9 WAS £12
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Prizes
• £1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner
• £1,000 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
• Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020
• A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
• One year print subscription to Granta
• Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
• Consultation with Redhammer Management

Specialises in works with international potential.

Unpublished authors must be professional in their approach and have major international potential, ideally book, film and/or TV.

Submissions via agents website

Children's clients include Donna Ballman, Peggy Brusseau, Gary Bushell, Brian Clegg, Maria (MG) Harris, Lucy Johnson, Amanda Lees, Michelle Paver, Kellie Santin, David Yelland.

(Short Fiction Winner)
• A complimentary copy of the Annual
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Guidelines
• Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines
• Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
• Works published elsewhere are accepted

• You may enter as many times as you wish


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The Tony Lothian Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
30 August 2019
Entry: 
Open to all writers with a proposal for a first biography Entry fee £15
Prize: 
£2,000

We are looking for submissions for the Tony Lothian Prize 2019, for the best proposal for a first biography. The deadline is 30 August 2019, and our judges this year are Alex Clark, Lindsay Duguid and Catherine Morris. The Tony Lothian Prize, run by the Biographers' Club, is sponsored by the Duchess of Buccleuch in memory of her mother, Antonella, Marchioness of Lothian, OBE (1922-2007).

Proposals of no more than 20 pages (unbound), including synopsis, 10-page sample chapter (double-spaced, numbered pages), CV and note on the market for the book and competing literature.

Past winners have been successful in finding agents and publishers - just this year, Cape is to publish Noble Savages by Sarah Watling (2016 winner, out in June - further details here); and O'Mara is to publish John Woolf's The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age (2017 winner; out in May).

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Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

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Closing date: 
1 August 2019
Entry: 
Unpublished writers of 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, five runners-up prizes

Every book starts with a first line, every career with a first moment of inspiration.

The Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing First Novel Prize was created to find and support brilliant new voices. We can't wait to discover yours!

As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown - in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative - has launched the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize, our mission to find the exciting new voices of the future.

Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and A Single Thread, will chair the judging panel formed of Curtis Brown agents and the Curtis Brown Creative team. Read our interview with Tracy packed full of writing advice and her reading recommendations.

The author of the winning novel will be offered representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, while the first runner-up will receive a place on a three-month novel-writing course at Curtis Brown Creative, and a mentoring session with one of the Curtis Brown literary agent team. A further four shortlisted entrants will be offered a place on a six-week online course with Curtis Brown Creative and a mentoring session with one of the Curtis Brown literary agent team.

If you'd like to enter, send us the opening (up to) 10,000 words of your novel (including any prologue) and a one-page synopsis of up to 400 words. Novels do not need to be finished before you enter the competition, but you should be able to summarise in your synopsis the main plot of your work-in-progress. The competition will close at midday on 1st August 2019.

Anyone can enter so long as they're 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. Entrants should not currently be represented by a literary agent, and novels must be unpublished. If you have self-published your work, you are very welcome to enter! The novel can be in any genre but must be aimed at adults rather than young adults or children.

We are hugely excited to read the competition entries and to find new voices and stories. Curtis Brown agents and the Curtis Brown Creative team will choose a shortlist of six entries for the judging panel to read.

The shortlisted titles will be announced in September. Tracy Chevalier will select the overall winner and runner-up, who will be revealed on 10th October.

It's really important to get your 10,000 word opening and one-page synopsis as polished as possible. You can view some tips on how to perfect your entry to the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize here. https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/how-to-prepare-a-great-submission-...

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