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Writing Opportunities 2023

Carcanet open submissions window

Closing date: 
20 January 2023
Poets with full-length poetry manuscripts in English, or translation No entry fee
Publication by Carcanet Press

Independent UK press Carcanet is launching an open submissions window to find new poetry talent.

Carcanet has revealed the dates of its next submission window, which will open on 2 January 2023 and close on 20 January 2023.

Carcanet editors John McAuliffe and Michael Schmidt said: "The open, free submission window is a vital resource for Carcanet: this is how we find writers whose work shapes contemporary poetry. We welcome submissions from all quarters and expect great things."

Carcanet is looking for full-length poetry manuscripts in English, or translation and, is expecting over 1,000 manuscripts to arrive during the window. Work is considered for three possible destinations: Carcanet collections, anthology series New Poetries and the journal PN Review.

Previous submission windows have resulted in some substantial finds, including Kei Miller, Sophie Hannah, Sinead Morrissey, Caroline Bird, Vahni Capildeo, Billy Letford and John Clegg.

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The Selfies Book Awards UK 2023

Closing date: 
3 January 2023
Authors who have self-published adult fiction, children’s books or adult memoirs/autobiography in the UK between January and December 2022. Entry fee: £35 per title to include a six-month subscription to Bookbrunch
£750 cash prize for each category plus other prizes

For the fifth year running the hugely popular Selfies Book Awards - powered by UK trade journal BookBrunch and sponsored by Ingram Spark® - will again reward three self-published authors for their publishing excellence. Submissions are now open for indie authors who have published an adult autobiography/memoir, adult fiction or children's book during 2022.

Supported by the London Book Fair and Nielsen BookData, the awards recognise one of the fastest growing parts of the book market. Entries are now open, and the closing date of the submission window will be Tuesday 3rd January 2023. Shortlists will be announced in March, and the Selfies Book Award winners will be unveiled at the London Book Fair Author HQ next April.

Originally launched in the UK in 2018, this initiative uncovers fantastic talent and rewards the very best self-published authors each year. The inaugural Selfies Book Award 2019 was presented to Jane Davis for her adult novel Smash all the Windows. In 2020, the winner of the adult category was Clare Flynn with her historical love story The Pearl of Penang, while Jemma Hatt took home the inaugural children's prize for her middle-grade escapade The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle. In 2021 a third category was added to make a trio of impressive winners: Halima Khatun's The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage (adult fiction), Kate Claxton's My Mum's a Tiger, illustrated by Angela Mayers (children's book) and Sophie Campbell's Breakfast at Bronzefield (memoir/autobiography).

Jo Henry, managing director of BookBrunch, said: "We were all so pleased with the quality of the submissions in 2022; the three winners were impressively well published as well as wonderfully readable and we can't wait to see what the 2023 awards will bring."

The winners in each category get £750 plus a profile in BookBrunch, banner advertising on the BookBrunch website and the option of a special publishing deal provided by sponsors IngramSpark. In addition, all shortlisted authors will receive free entry to the 2023 London Book Fair and membership of Author HQ club at the Fair. Comprising a theatre and networking area, Author HQ provides a forum for discussions on 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 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 between January and December 2022 and entries will only be accepted from authors based in the UK who are predominantly or only self-published, ie where the author themselves acts as the publisher/creative director.

In order to register, authors should go to, click on the subscribe button and select the 6 month subscription box, using the code SELFIES2023. The fee of £35 will include a six-month subscription to BookBrunch (normal price £65).

Please see for more details.

The sister Selfies Book Awards in the U.S. will be opening for submissions in Spring 2023. For more information, please see