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Writing Opportunities 2015

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015

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Closing date: 
31 December 2015
Entry: 
Open to all unpublished poems, you can enter as many poems as you like Entry fee €12 per poem
Prize: 
1st Prize €10,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000

1st Prize €10,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000. The prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. It is for a single unpublished poem. This year's judge is former US poet laureate Billy Collins. The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016.

Set in ten acres of organic market gardens, orchards and greenhouses, which are, in turn, surrounded by a hundred acres of organic farm, Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery School is the proud sponsor of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, in association with The Moth.

This year's judge - Billy Collins - is a two-term US Poet Laureate and ‘the most popular poet in America,' according to the New York Times.

The Prize is for a single unpublished poem. The Prize is open to anyone, and you can enter as many poems as you like.

The entry fee is €12 per poem.

ENTER ONLINE HERE

Or you can send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to The Moth Magazine Ltd. and an entry form (downloadable HERE) or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

And don't forget to READ THE RULES before you enter! http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=2762&page=18

The shortlist will be announced in March 2016.
The four shortlisted poems will feature in the spring issue of The Moth.

The overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony in Dublin.

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The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2016

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Closing date: 
18 December 2015
Entry: 
Open to all writers of 18 and over, even if their book has been self-published Entry fee £15
Prize: 
Worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House with an advance of £10,000

The most valuable children's writing competition in the UK is open for entries. The winner will receive a £10,000 advance for their novel, agency representation and publication by Chicken House. New writers are invited to submit novels up to 80,000 words aimed at children between 7 and 18.

Are you a writer with an original and exciting story for 7-to-18-year-olds? If so, we'd love you to enter our competition, and you have until Friday 18th December 2015 to submit. Every entry will be read by our team of experienced readers in order to draw up a longlist of the very best submissions. Barry Cunningham and the Chicken House editorial team will then narrow these down to a shortlist of five.

Our prestigious panel of judges will then pore over the shortlist to choose the winner, to be announced in spring 2016. The prize will be a worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House, with an advance of £10,000 (subject to contract).

What Chicken House are looking for

Original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love! To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children/young adults aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length we suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length.

What you can win

First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus representation from a top children's literary agent. All longlisted entrants will receive a reader's report of their work.

When to enter by

The competition will close on Friday 18th December 2015.

Your entry

Please send us:

  • A hard copy of the full manuscript (double-spaced; font size 12pt);
  • A covering letter explaining why you believe your novel would appeal to children and telling us a bit about yourself;
  • A page-long synopsis of your story;
  • A chapter-by-chapter plot plan outlining the major events of each chapter.

Please secure your manuscript with an elastic band and place it inside a cardboard wallet/folder. You will also need to enclose a cheque for £15 made payable to Chicken House Publishing Ltd, with your name, address, phone number and email address on the reverse of the cheque.
Please mark your envelope CHILDREN'S FICTION
COMPETITION.

Please ensure you include all contact details - name, address, phone number and email address - with your entry.

If you wish us to acknowledge receipt of your entry, you must enclose a self-addressed postcard with sufficient postage attached. We cannot accept entries by email.


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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
30 November 2015
Entry: 
Open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African and who have not yet had a full-length collection published No entry fee
Prize: 
£3,000

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.

Now in its fourth year, this year the prize is sponsored by Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers.

British-Nigerian writer, Bernardine Evaristo, who is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and initiated the prize in 2012, describes her reasons for a new prize exclusively devoted to African poetry:

‘I have judged several prizes in the past few years, including chairing the Caine Prize for African Fiction in 2012, an award that has revitalised the fortunes of fiction from Africa since its inception in 1999. It became clear to me that poetry from the continent could also do with a prize to draw attention to it and to encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence. African poets are rarely published in Britain. I hope this prize will introduce exciting new poets to Britain's poetry editors.'

The prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.

The prize is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have already been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.

In April 2013, Somali poet Warsan Shire was the first winner of the prize. Here she describes the impact of the prize on her writing career:

‘Since winning the prize I have travelled to six different countries to teach poetry and read my work; I've had interest from different literary agents and publishing houses; and I was appointed the first Young Poet Laureate for London, definitely sure that the last one wouldn't have happened had I not won the prize. I have a chapbook due out in America and small collections of my poems translated and published in Estonian and Danish.'

In collaboration with the African Poetry Book Fund, the Brunel University African Poetry Prize aims to develop a series of poetry workshops and courses in Africa in its efforts to provide technical support for poets on the continent.

How to enter

The African Poetry Book Fund

Bernardine Evaristo and the Ghanaian-Jamaican writer, editor and academic, Kwame Dawes, first worked together in 1995. When they discovered two months ago that they were both launching African poetry prizes, they decided to combine their efforts and resources. Kwame Dawes has just set up the African Poetry Book Fund, established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Fund will incorporate the establishment of the new African Poetry Book Series, to be published by the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal, and the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The fund will also incorporate the Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

 

National Novel Writing Month 2015

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Closing date: 
30 November 2015
Entry: 
Open to all writers of 13 and over
Prize: 
A Trophy Badge and a lot of publicity

National Novel Writing Month is a huge international collective writing endeavour, with participants from all over the world.

The challenge is to write a 5,000 word novel in November.

The website has some helpful information. If you sign up online, you'll be able to use the online resources to help you:

  • Plan your novel.
  • Join a local group of writers and attend in person writing events.
    Receive online encouragement from staff and published authors.
  • Access a worldwide community of writers in our online forums.

For further details and to sign up

 

Discovery Day Online 2015

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Closing date: 
26 November 2015
Entry: 
Open to anyone on Twitter
Prize: 
The opportunity to take part in four consecutive sessions with the aim of simplifying the process of finding a literary agent and giving advice on routes to becoming a published author

Literary agencies will host online 'Discovery Day'

Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing and Conville and Walsh are to host a Twitter based event dedicated to "de-mystifying" the publishing process for prospective authors, called Discovery Day Online.

Following the literary agencies' Discovery Days in 2012 and 2013, held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, Discovery Day Online offers writers the opportunity to take part in four consecutive sessions with the aim of simplifying the process of finding a literary agent and giving advice on routes to becoming a published author.

The event this year will take place on 26th Novembe

The agencies will run the November session from 9am until 1pm using the Twitter hashtag #PitchCB, giving writers the opportunity to pitch directly to Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh agents online. The agencies' first Twitter 'pitch day' attracted 2,000 pitches for books in July of this year, and reached more than 26m people on Twitter.

The lunchtime session, running between 1pm and 2pm, will be hosted by the Curtis Brown Book Group (@CBBookGroup), who will hold a public Twitter book group session with author Rachel Hore, who will be discussing her title The Silent Tide (Simon and Schuster), set in the world of publishing, the industry she worked in herself for a number of years in London. Readers can join in and ask questions by using the hashtag #CBBG on the day.

Between 2pm and 3.30pm Curtis Brown Creative Writing School will run a ‘novel writing advice' session where director of Curtis Brown Creative, Anna Davis, will, with Antonia Honeywell (The Ship, W&N) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat, Faber), answer questions from writers using the hashtag #CBTips.

The day will close with a #AskCB session, which will run between 3.30pm and 5pm. Agents at Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh, including Jonny Geller, Sophie Lambert and Gordon Wise, will answer questions on submitting to an agent and the publishing process. Authors can join in by posting a question with the #AskCB hashtag.

Agents of Curtis Brown, Emma Herdman and Richard Pike, said: "Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh are committed to de-mystifying the publishing process and finding and developing the best new writers from across the world. This day will combine the efforts of our creative writing school, the #PitchCB initiative and our online book group to reach as many writers from around the world as possible."

National Poetry Competition 2015

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Closing date: 
31 October 2015
Entry: 
£6.50 for your first poem, and £3.50 per poem thereafter Open to all poets aged 17 or over
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000, Second Prize £33000, Third Prize £1,000

We're approaching the closing date for 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 so now's the time to get your poem in. This year's intrepid judges are David Wheatley, Esther Morgan and Sarah Howe and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £200! The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, The Poetry Review, as well as having the possibility of reading at some of the UK's top literature festivals. Get your entries in before the deadline of the 31st October online or by post for a chance to be the 2015 champion!

Since its launch in 1978, the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition has marked a milestone in the careers of many of today's leading poets. Previous winners include Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Tony Harrison, and the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. So what are you waiting for - enter now!

How to enter

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015

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Closing date: 
19 October 2015
Entry: 
Submissions in English accepted from individuals of any nationality, from any country, aged over 18 years Entry fee £5
Prize: 
First Prize £5,000, Second Prize £1,000, Third Prize £500

Sponsored by Cegin Productions, this is judged by Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan with both judges reading all poems.

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd£500, plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket, plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with jean sprackland & adam o'riordan on mon 30th nov 2015 for all prize-winning poets

Submissions, via e-mail or post, by mon 19th Oct 2015


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C21 Drama Series Script Competition

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Closing date: 
16 October 2015
Entry: 
Open to all
Prize: 
£10,000 of development funding, time in a writers’ room on a current series and assistance in taking their drama project to series

C21 Media has announced a Drama Series Script Competition, produced in association with leading independent studio Entertainment One and Creative England through their recently launched venture, designed to find the next big thing in international drama.

We're looking for outstanding pilots for a one-hour drama series from fresh writers who have got what it takes to create a primetime drama series. Winners will each receive 10K development funding, time in a writers room on a current series and assistance in taking their drama project to series, with unprecedented access to the global television drama market. It is a fantastic opportunity for new writers and emerging talent.

You can find full details here - http://www.c21media.net/script/

C21 Drama Summit is in London on December 1/2/3 and the event is the most significant gathering of the international drama business:-
http://www.c21media.net/conference-event/c21-international-drama-summit-2

 

 

Twenty7 Books open submission

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Closing date: 
27 September 2015
Entry: 
One-page pitch and 5,000 words from a debut novel, with the entrant having never been published in print before, or had a deal with a traditional publisher.
Prize: 
Editorial feedback and possible publication

Bonnier fiction imprint Twenty7 Books, in association with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, is launching a 27-day period of open submissions in a bid to find new authors.

During the open submissions period, which will start on 1st September and close midnight 27th September, writers can submit a one-page pitch for their manuscript, plus the first 5,000 words. The novel does not have to be finished and all genres will be considered, although the publisher is looking for mass-market bestsellers and the author must be previously unpublished.

In January 2016, Twenty7 Books will choose five successful writers, who will receive editorial feedback and be considered for publication.

"The unique angle for Twenty7 Books is that we are seeking out the best new commercial authors and supporting the debuts who might otherwise find it hard to get into the trade," said publisher Joel Richardson. "We want to provide a window of opportunity for the as yet undiscovered gems out there, as well as offering advice and support for new authors during our 27 days of open submissions."

Twenty7 Books is an adult fiction imprint that publishes first in e-book, with mass-market paperbacks released around six months later. Richardson was appointed publisher in March,and the first e-book to be released will be Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, which has a publication date of 3rd September.

The open submissions will close midnight on Sunday 27th September.

At least five winners will be announced in January, and will receive editorial feedback as well as the chance to have their finished manuscript considered for publication. Entrants will be required to send in a one page pitch for their manuscript, plus the first 5,000 words. The novel itself does not have to be finished at the point of submission and all fiction genres will be considered, although the winning manuscripts will all have the potential to be a mass-market bestseller for adults. It must be a debut novel, with the entrant having never been published in print before, or had a deal with a traditional publisher.

All of the entries will be read by either a Twenty7 editor or a member of the team at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

As well as accepting open submissions, we will be posting online content around the 27 days including editor Q&As on Twitter, blogs on writing tips and pieces from the authors already acquired on the list discussing their writing process.

In order to submit, please email your one page pitch and first 5,000 words as a Word document to hello@twenty7books.com with the subject line OPEN SUBMISSIONS - only entries received between 1st and 27th September will be considered - so hold on tight and brush up that pitch!

To find out more

 

The 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

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Closing date: 
26 September 2015
Entry: 
Open to writers of any nationality who can show a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland
Prize: 
First Prize £30,000 and five shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000

The 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the richest in the world for a single short story

Calling for submissions for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

One of the world's most prestigious literary prizes is open for submissions again, with the call going out for entries to the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Launched in 2009, the award has in its first five years established itself as one of the key events in the literary calendar. Winners of the international competition, which is open to stories of up to 6,000 words written in English, have come from all over the world, and have included the Pulitzer prize-winning American writer Junot Diaz, CK Stead from New Zealand and Kevin Barry from Ireland. Last year's recipient of the award, at a gala dinner in London's Stationers' Hall, was the Pulitzer winner Adam Johnson, who carried off the 2014 trophy for his haunting story Nirvana.

The prize has an immensely rich heritage, with some of the finest writers from America, Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth appearing on its longlists and shortlists - among them Emma Donoghue, Adam Foulds, Mark Haddon, Sarah Hall, Yiyun Li, Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Graham Swift and Gerard Woodward. It also has a fine record of uncovering new talent, with 27-year-old UEA graduate Anna Metcalfe making the shortlist last year.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is open to writers of any nationality; entrants just have to show a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. Entries can either be unpublished, or published within the previous 12 months. Writers have until Friday, September 26, to submit their story.

The judges for this year's award will be announced in September, and will join a remarkable line-up of past panellists. AS Byatt, Melvyn Bragg, John Carey, Nick Hornby, Hanif Kureishi, Andrew O'Hagan, Will Self, Lionel Shriver, Joanna Trollope and Sarah Waters have all been on the prize panel in the past five years.

The longlist for the 2015 award will be announced in February, with the shortlist following in March. The winner will be announced on the evening of Friday, April 24, when the five other shortlisted authors will receive £1,000.

Online entry form

For any queries about the prize, contact Booktrust at 020 8516 2960 and at sundaytimesEFG@booktrust.org.uk

 

2015 Manchester Writing Prize: The Manchester Poetry Prize

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Closing date: 
25 September 2015
Entry: 
Open to all writers across the world aged 16 and over Entry fee £17.50
Prize: 
£10,000

The judges are Adam O'Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller.

A £10,000 prize will be awarded for the best portfolio of 3 to 5 poems submitted.

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University's innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £75,000 to its winners.

Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, since 2013, both are running every year, with £10,000 awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000* to the writer of the best short story. A new Writing for Children Prize was launched in late 2013, with prizes awarded at the Manchester Children's Book Festival.

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2015 Manchester Writing Prize: The Manchester Fiction Prize

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Closing date: 
25 September 2015
Entry: 
Open to all writers across the world aged 16 and over Entry fee £17.50
Prize: 
£10,000

The judges are Nicholas Royle, Stuart Kelly and Leone Ross.

A £10,000 prize will be awarded for the best short story of up to 2,500 words.

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University's innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £75,000 to its winners.

Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, since 2013, both are running every year, with £10,000 awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000* to the writer of the best short story. A new Writing for Children Prize was launched in late 2013, with prizes awarded at the Manchester Children's Book Festival.

For further details