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Writing Opportunities 2019

The Moth Poetry Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
31 December 2019
Entry: 
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem
Prize: 
First Prize €10,000, three shortlisted poets €1,000

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland

The website of the Irish National Poetry Organisation, offering a resource centre, introductions and readings from new and emerging poets resident in Ireland. www.poetryireland.ie

in Dublin on 30 April 2020.

The overall winner will receive €10,000, while the three other shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000.


The Judge

This year's judge is Claudia Rankine. Rankine's numerous awards and honours include the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize shortlist. In 2005, she was awarded the Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American PoetsThe website of the wonderful Academy, which was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Any poet or poetry lover would find it worth a visit.. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.

The Prizes

1st prize €10,000

3 runner-up prizes of €1,000

There is no line limit. The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can enter as many poems as you like.

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The Bookbrunch Selfies Awards 2020

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Closing date: 
27 December 2019
Entry: 
All titles submitted need to have been published in English since January 2018, and entries will be accepted from authors based in the UK who are predominantly or only self-published. Entrance fee of £25+VAT per title, and all those submitting work will receive six-month subscriptions to BookBrunch.
Prize: 
£1,000 in each category

Submissions are open for the second year of the Bookbrunch Selfies Awards in the UK.

In order to recognise one of the fastest-growing parts of the book market, BookBrunch, with the London Book Fair, launched The Selfies Award scheme in the UK in late 2018. Sponsored by IngramSpark, this exciting initiative aims to discover new talent and reward the best self-published titles each year.

In the first year The Selfies rewarded work in the adult fiction category only. However, BookBrunch is delighted to announce that a second category, children's fiction, has been added to The Selfies Awards for 2020 to help improve diversity in this sector. Recent research by BookTrust shows that books by British writers of colour were twice as likely to be self-published as those by white writers. A third of unique titles from British creators of colour were self-published or published by hybrid publishers, while only about one in 10 unique titles by white British creators was self-published or published by hybrid publishers.

The prize in both categories is £1,000, plus a profile in BookBrunch and a publishing deal provided by sponsors IngramSpark. Shortlisted authors will receive free membership of the 2019 Author HQ club at the London Book Fair. Comprising a theatre and networking area, Author HQ provides a forum for discussion of the ever expanding number of approaches to publishing, and includes networking events and "how-to" style panels.

What the judges are looking for:

• A fantastic story that entertains and delights the reader
• A well-produced ebook or print book
• An enticing cover and blurb that successfully addresses the target audience

• An effective and creative marketing and publicity strategy that has the potential for great sales

All titles submitted need to have been published in English since January 2018, and entries will be accepted from authors based in the UK who are predominantly or only self-published - ie, where the authors themselves act as publisher/creative director.

In order to register, authors should go to the BookBrunch subscription page and select the 6-month subscription box, using the code SELFIES2020-ADULT-FICTION if submitting a title in the adult category, or SELFIES2020-CHILDRENS-FICTION if submitting a title in the children's category. There is a small entrance fee of £25+VAT per title, and all those submitting work will receive six-month subscriptions to BookBrunch.

A similar scheme is also being launched in the US, where submissions will open on 1 January 2020.

More details www.theselfies.co.uk

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020

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Closing date: 
13 December 2019
Entry: 
Open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize £30,000, shortlisted authors get £1,000

Promoting & celebrating the excellence of the modern short story

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

The closing date is 6pm on December 13, 2019. The longlist will be announced in May 2020, the shortlist in June 2020, and the winner will be announced on July 2, 2020.

Co-founded in 2010 by Lord Matthew Evans of EFG Private Bank and The Sunday Times's Cathy Galvin, the award is now sponsored in its 10th year by Audible, the spoken word publisher.

The prize prides itself - through the blind reading undertaken by its judges - on discovering and promoting new and emerging writers. This year's winner was the Irish writer Danielle McLaughlin.

Over 1,350 writers entered the award in 2019, with stories coming from 40 different countries and every continent except Antarctica. Entries must be of 6,000 words or less, must be written in English, and must be either unpublished or, for the 2020 award, not published before January 1, 2019. The author must have a track record of published creative writing in the UK or Ireland.

The judges over the past ten years have reflected the power and prestige of the award, and have included Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, John Carey, Sarah Churchwell, Carys Davies, Kit de Waal, Anne Enright, Sir Richard Eyre, Sebastian Faulks, Aminatta Forna, Petina Gappah, Tessa Hadley, Mark Haddon, Nick Hornby, Hanif Kureishi, Mark Lawson, Blake Morrison, Neel Mukherjee, Andrew O'Hagan, Will Self, Elif Shafak, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain, Joanna Trollope and Sarah Waters.

A feature of the 2020 award will be an Audible audiobook anthology of the shortlisted stories, which has dramatically broadened the audience for the short story, and allow the award's stories to be enjoyed in a brand new way. Shortlisted authors will receive an extra £1,000 fee, on top of a prize payment of £1,000, for being included in the anthology.

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Nobrow Short Story Competition

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Closing date: 
9 December 2019
Entry: 
Open to all writers of 18 and over with an unpublished and not yet submitted story or creative non-fiction piece. No entry fee
Prize: 
The overall winner will receive £2000, all selected contributors will receive £150 and two complimentary copies of the book

Nobrow Short Story Competition for writers! Up to twelve winning entries will be published in our short story anthology, and this beautifully illustrated book will celebrate the best short fiction and non-fiction writing.

Our theme is ‘The Censor'. You can interpret this in any way you wish - it could represent censoring of the past, present and future; the self; the state; or the effects of censorship on everyday life. As a provocation we hope our theme can provide a rich vein of storytelling inspiration for anyone wishing to take part in the competition. We are looking for inclusive, surprising, ingenious and diverse responses that capture our minds and hold us until every word is devoured.

A submission is defined as a short story of up to 3,000 words or a creative non-fiction piece of up to 3,000 words.

It is completely free to enter, and we welcome submissions that you may already have written as long as they have not been previously published and can be related to the theme of The Censor.

By entering writers give permission for their story or crative non-fiction piece to be used in the anthology.

Prizes

An overall winner will receive £2000.

All selected contributors will receive £150 and two complimentary copies of the book, and will be invited to attend events including a launch and readings.

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