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Writing Opportunities 2018

The Moth Poetry Prize 2018

Information
Closing date: 
31 December 2018
Entry: 
Open to all poets over 16 Entry fee £12 per poem
Prize: 
First Prize of €10,000, and three runner-up prizes of €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The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.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 prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.

The shortlist will be announced in March 2019 and the four shortlisted poems will feature in the spring issue of The Moth.

The winners will be invited to a special prizegiving event 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 in the spring of 2019.

Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection).

The Judge

The poet and novelist Jacob Polley will judge this year's Moth Poetry Prize. Jacob is the author of four acclaimed poetry collections published by Picador, the latest of which, Jackself, won the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is also the recipient of a Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and his novel Talk of the Town won a Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

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Urban YA competition

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Closing date: 
30 November 2018
Entry: 
Open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent, for a first YA novel No entry fee
Prize: 
£1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words

Shortlist to be judged by Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy.

We are looking for a vibrant debut novel for young adults, a book set in today's multi-cultural Britain. Sharp dialogue, a story that's got the feel of here and now, the street and the city today. Atmosphere is important, both physical and psychological. It can be any city in the UK but it must be a real city. No fantasy.

The prize is £1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words.


Key Dates:

  • Last day for entry November 30
  • Shortlist announced January 11 2019
  • Winner announced February 22 2019
  • Terms and conditions
  • The competition is open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent.
  • Entries may be submitted by the author or his or her agent.
  • The novel must be a previously unpublished novel written in English.
  • This must be the author's first novel for YA.
  • Although the entries will be looked at anonymously, they must be entered in the author's name.
  • The novel must be original, fictional and entirely the author's own work.
  • The novel should be between 40.000 and 70.000 words long.
  • The submission of the novel will be taken as an agreement that Everything with Words can publish the novel.
  • Please submit the whole work and a separate summary of not more than 500 words to Mikka, info@everythingwithwords.com.
  • In the subject line you should put YA competition. In your letter you should mention that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions.

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National Poetry Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
31 October 2018
Entry: 
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
Prize: 
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. www.poetrysociety.org.uk'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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LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019

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Closing date: 
31 October 2018
Entry: 
Unpublished stories by writers from all over the world No entry fee
Prize: 
The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast, and published on the LoveReading website.

LoveReading.co.uk 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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Futurebook Story Competition

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Closing date: 
30 October 2018
Entry: 
Open to international writers of 18 or over No entry fee
Prize: 
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: anna@thepigeonhole.com.

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 anna@thepigeonhole.com, 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

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Closing date: 
22 October 2018
Entry: 
Open to all Entry fee £6 for first poem £4 for further poems
Prize: 
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

Judges

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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The Caterpillar Story Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
30 September 2018
Entry: 
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. Entry fee £12 per story
Prize: 
£1,000

The entry fee is €12 per story, and you can enter as many stories as you like.

The prize is for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11).

We are looking for stories that will inspire, delight and move our young readers. The winning story will appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

The stories can be on any subject and in any style, as long as they are age appropriate, and the word limit is 1,500.

Previous winners include Jo Withers, Jessamy Corob Cook, Richard J. Jones, Chris Preece, Rebecca Langton and Tom Kelly.

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The entry fee is €12 per story, and you can enter as many stories as you like.

You can ENTER ONLINE or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd' with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of story attached to:

The Caterpillar
Ardan Grange
Milltown
Belturbet
Co. Cavan
Ireland.

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Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes 2018

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Closing date: 
14 September 2018
Entry: 
Open to all internationally £17.50 entry fee for each prize
Prize: 
£10,000 for each

Poetry Prize

Judges

Adam O'Riordan (Chair), Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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Fiction Prize

Judges

Nicholas Royle (Chair), Niven Govinder, Livi Michael and Alison Moore

£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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Women’s Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions 2018

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Closing date: 
13 September 2018
Entry: 
Open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes poems in any style, of any length, on any subject. Entry fee: Poetry £10 Pamphlet £20
Prize: 
POETRY: First Prize £2000 plus publication in both Mslexia and the PBS Bulletin, Second Prize £400, Third Prize £200. PAMPHLET: Publication by Seren Books

Women's Poetry Competition 2018

 

For a single poem.

Judged by the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duff

1st Prize: £2000 plus publication in both MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed' women writers. Good range of quality writing, information and advice with news, reviews, competitions and interviews, all presented in a friendly fashion. Praised by Helen Dunmore as 'astute, invigorating and above all an excellent read.' www.mslexia.co.uk and the PBS Bulletin, as well a mentorship with PBS Book Selector Sandeep Parmar and a Cove Park writing retreat.

2nd Prize: £400, 3rd Prize: £200

17 finalists win £25 each.

All winning poems will be published in Mslexia and selected winners featured in the PBS Bulletin and on the PBS website.

Special Prize: £500 for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet

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Women's Pamphlet Competition 2018

 

Win a life changing opportunity to see your pamphlet manuscript published by the leading independent poetry publisher, Seren.

Judged by Amy Wack - Poetry Editor at Seren BooksClick for Seren Books Publishers References listing.

The pamphlet competition is separate from the single poem competition and is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems.

Submitted pamphlet collections may contain poems of any length or style, providing all poems are original work, each page contains no more than 40 lines of poetry and there are no more than 24 pages of poetry in total.

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The PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Prizes are now OPEN to entries! Simply enter your poems online or if you prefer to post your entry, follow the links to print the relevant entry form and return it via our FREEPOST address: FREEPOST RTUR-BJAL-UYLE, Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at  www.poetrybooks.co.uk, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1DE alongside a cheque for your entry fee.

Entries for both competitions close 14th September.

Booklife Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
31 August 2018
Entry: 
Open to all in six categories - Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA/Middle Grade Entry fee $99
Prize: 
Grand Prize $5,000

The BookLife Prize is an 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/. The Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great books in six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA/Middle Grade.

The Prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist.

The entry period for the current BookLife Prize is April 1, 2018, to August 31, 2018.

Prizes

The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize in Fiction will receive $5,000 as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.

All finalists will receive a blurb from a bestselling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a Critic's Report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.

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Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry

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Closing date: 
15 August 2018
Entry: 
Open to all Entry fee
Prize: 
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, formerly known as the Resurgence Prize, is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The first prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000. All three winners plus two runners-up will attend a ten-day residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland. The deadline is midnight, August 15th 2018.

Open to all.

The winners will be announced at a celebratory reading at Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, 2nd - 4th November.
During the submission window, the Poetry School will be running ecopoetry workshops around the country, and publishing a series of articles on the nature of ecopoetry by leading thinkers and poets, including Vahni Capildeo, Dom Bury, Meryl Pugh, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Miriam Darlington.

The Ginkgo Prize is generously funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation, and facilitated by the Poetry School.

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Our Judges

Mimi Khalvati has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, including The Weather Wheel, and The Meanest Flower, which was a Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at  www.poetrybooks.co.uk Recommendation and Financial Times Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

This 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. http://www.rslit.org/index1.html

, and received a Cholmondeley Award in 2006. She is the co-founder of the Poetry School.

Paul Kingsnorth is a novelist, poet and essayist. His first novel, The Wake, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. He is a former deputy editor of The Ecologist magazine and co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers and artists questioning the stories our culture tells itself. His poetry awards include the Wenlock Prize and the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year award. His new collection, Songs from the Blue River, was published this year by Salmon Poetry.

 

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

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Closing date: 
31 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to all 13-17 year-olds worldwide No entry fee
Prize: 
Top 15 winners win mentoring and a life-changing residential writing course

The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk's Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. Since it was founded in 1998 the Award has kick-started the career of some of today's most exciting new voices, such as Sarah Howe, Jay Bernard and Helen Mort. With entries from over 6,000 young people last year across from the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and will receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event in early October. Thanks to funding from the Foyle Foundation the competition remains completely free to enter and we are able to offer a wide range of prizes, opportunities and resources. Winners receive a range of fantastic prizes including membership of The Poetry Society and a stack of poetry goodies. Winners also attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course, where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets, or benefit from poetry residencies at their school or distance-mentoring depending on their age and location.

Judges

Caroline Bird, who has had five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T S Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. A two time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. http://poems.poetrysociety.org.uk/poets/caroline-bird/


Daljit Nagra, who Daljit Nagra has published four books of poetry with Faber & Faber. His poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2004and his subsequent two collections, Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! and his version of the Ramayana were nominated for the TS Eliot Prize. He is the inaugural Poet in Residence for Radio 4/4. http://poems.poetrysociety.org.uk/poets/daljit-nagra/

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