Thursday, 14 February 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize

THE ANNUAL POETRY PRIZE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ROME CELEBRATES ITS 28TH YEAR

The Keats-Shelley House is proud to present the twenty-eighth annual Poetry Prize for schools.

The poem, together with the entry form, must reach the Keats-Shelley House by the 4th of May 2019.

To read the rules of entry and this year's themes please click here.

Read the winning entries from 2018's competition here. The winning poets are pictured, left, along with Giuseppe Albano, Curator of Keats-Shelley House. 

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Friday, 4 January 2019

LITERARY TAXIDERMY MENU SHORT STORY COMPETITION


DATES VARIOUS

Regulus Press extends a tremendous Thank You to all who participated in the 2018 LITERARY TAXIDERMY SHORT STORY COMPETITION, stitching together a heterogeneity of stories, poems, and epistles. Writers came from around the globe — including the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. They took the opening and closing lines from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and "A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker, and fashioned nearly a thousand original stories, spanning more than a dozen genres, including horror, mystery, science fiction, meta-fiction, erotica, poetry, and satire.

Are you a Dorothy Parker fan? Check out TELEPHONE ME NOW to see what our finalists did with the opening line "Please, God, let him telephone me now." Or perhaps Lewis Carroll is more to your liking? Then pick up a copy of ONE THING WAS CERTAIN: every story in the Carroll anthology starts with "One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it: — it was the black kitten’s fault entirely." Of course maybe you're feeling a bit more hard-boiled these days, in which case the stories inspired by Dashiell Hammett may be more suitable — and every one with the same last line: "That may be, Nora said, but it’s all pretty unsatisfactory." You can read them all in AGAINST THE BAR.

If you missed this year's contest, don't despair. We'll be back again if there's sufficient interest. So please show your support for literary taxidermy and your desire for future competitions by purchasing one, two, or all three anthologies today. We're certain you'll enjoy these incredible writers, many of whom are published for the first time, and you'll be amazed by the unpredictable paths they take from first line to last.

Oh, and while you're waiting for your copies of the anthologies to arrive (you did order them, didn't you?), why not subscribe to our mailing list for the most up-to-the-minute news about the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition, including future contests and publications related to literary taxidermy. (And NO SPAM — we promise!)

We can't wait to see what future taxidermists stitch together


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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 with Cambridge University


How to enter

The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 with Cambridge University



The British Broadcasting Corporation with Cambridge University




Award of £15,000 for the winner
£600 for four (4) further shortlisted stories

Entry Instructions

Entry Dates
• Submissions for the BBC National Short Story Award 2019 with Cambridge University will be accepted from 9am (GMT) Thursday 13 December 2018.


• The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am (GMT) Monday 11 March 2019.

How to Enter

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission using the online Entry Form as early as possible before the deadline. If applicants are unable to access the online Entry Form, entries can be submitted by post.

Instructions for Entering Online (Preferable Method)

1. Read the Entry Terms and Conditions here thoroughly to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.

2. Format the short story as per the following instructions:
• One entry per author
• Written in English
• A maximum of 8,000 words
• Typed
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Double spaced
• No page numbers
• Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
• No author’s name included anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable).

3. Save the short story as an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) with the Title of Story in the file name. (N.B. if the short story has already been published you can submit a typeset PDF file, but you must remove the author name or title from any headers or footers).

4. Complete the Entry Form online at https://bbc.lvis.io/bbcnssa/ including uploading your short story document.

Please note: Entries submitted successfully online will receive an automated acknowledgement on-screen; entrants will not receive an automated message to the email address provided.

Instructions for Entering by Post

1. Read the Entry Terms and Conditions here to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.

2. Type and format the short story as per the following instructions:
• One entry per author
• Written in English
• A maximum of 8,000 words
• Typed
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Double spaced
• No page numbers
• Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
• No author’s name included anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable).

3. Print eight (8) copies of the typed short story (single or double-sided on white A4 paper).

4. Request a Postal Entry Form by sending a Stamp Addressed Envelope to Entry Form Request, The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 with Cambridge University, The London Readings Unit, Room 8015 Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA We will endeavour to send you a form within two working days of receipt of your SAE.

5. Complete the Entry Form in and send it with eight (8) copies of the short story in the post to:
The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 with Cambridge University, The London Readings Unit, Room 8015 Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA.

Please note

• Entries not submitted in accordance with the Entry Instructions and Entry Terms and
Conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
• No entries can be returned.
• Due to the volume of entries for the Award, there will be no acknowledgement of receipt for entries submitted by post. Entries submitted successfully online will receive an automated acknowledgement on-screen; entrants will not receive an automated message to the email address provided.
• Any queries about entering the Award should be emailed to bbcnssa@bbc.co.uk. The Award administrators will respond as soon as possible. Please note that for any email correspondence to bbcnssa@bbc.co.uk, an automated reply will only be sent to the first email.

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize



Awarded for an original work of short fiction under 2000 words






The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why we’ve teamed up with ten different literary and artistic institutions to make sure that the winners and runners-up receive not only a cash prize and a writing retreat but that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online locations, have their work put in front of literary agents and perform in multiple countries.

Last year we received over 450 entries from 36 countries and produced the beautiful booklet Eleven Stories, which you can see below.

This year we’ve just added more to the kitty.

The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize adheres to CLMP’s Contest Code of Ethics

First Prize:

– €1000
– A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation
– A consultation with a US Literary Agent from Foundry Literary + Media.

Runner-up Prizes:

– €250 (two prizes available).

All Shortlisted Writers:

– Will be published in a truly smashing, limited edition Risograph booklet published by ourselves truly and launched at the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize Salon, Madrid
– Publication in 3:AM, Structo Magazine, Helter Skelter, The London Magazine, and The Second Shelf (women only)
– Participation in Desperate Literature Prize Salons (Salons, no less) at Desperate Literature, Madrid; Shakespeare and Company, Paris; Burley Fisher, London; and The Second Shelf, London (women only)
– Limited edition prints by Ruda Studio
– Participation in the Rizoma Film Festival.



One Shortlisted Winner:
– Will be selected for a week’s residency at Casa Ana, Andalusia, as part of their Creative Writing Programme.*



*before entering, please read our eligibility and conditions to see how the prize is funded, prize details, entry conditions and to assess your eligibility.

THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 2019


WRITERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE INVITED TO ENTER THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 2019. THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE £30,000 (APPROXIMATELY US$38,000), MAKING THIS THE MOST VALUABLE PRIZE IN THE WORLD FOR A SINGLE SHORT STORY.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must not have appeared before 1 January 2018.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have a track record of published creative writing in the UK or Ireland. In 2018 the Award attracted over 1100 entries from 38 countries. The judges read the entries ‘blind’, without knowing the author’s identity.

The 2018 Sunday Times Short Award was won by Courtney Zoffness for her story Peanuts Aren’t Nuts. Previous winners include Bret Anthony Johnston (2017), Jonathan Tel (2016), Yiyun Li (2015), Adam Johnson (2014) and Junot Díaz (2013).

This is the first year that Audible has been the prize’s major sponsor. A feature of the 2019 award will be an Audible audiobook anthology of the shortlisted stories which aims to “dramatically broaden the audience for the short story”. Shortlisted authors will receive an extra £1000 fee, on top of a prize payment of £1000, for being included in the anthology.

Entries for the 2019 award close at 6pm GMT on Friday 15 February 2019. A longlist of up to twenty entries will be published in July and the winner will be announced on 12 September. Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here and writers can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website.

Watch a round-up of the highlights from the 2017 Sunday Times Short Story Award, with readings by Simon Callow and Fiona Shaw.




Monday, 10 December 2018

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize


How to enter


Thank you for your interest in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019.

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. The work can be on any subject at all. We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded.

The work you submit must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or self-published. In addition, anyone who has previously had a full-length novel accepted for publication is not eligible to enter. Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

To be considered, you need to supply us with your entry fee of £12, and submit the first 40-50 pages of the novel via the online form and a synopsis (5-10 pages long) of the remainder.

For full details, please read and follow the competition Terms and Conditions carefully – unfortunately we cannot take entries forward if they do not comply with the rules!

The closing date for the competition is 12 noon Friday 8 February 2019.



The Dylan Thomas Birthplace




The Dylan Thomas Birthplace International Short Story Competition 2018 is a great opportunity for creative young people to have fun developing their unique short story.

Dylan was a precocious young writer who produced his first book of poetry at the age of nineteen. That’s why we’ve set the age limit as under 19 on his birthday - 27th October 2018. Although Dylan produced the vast majority of his published work by the age of nineteen he started writing at a young age so we have a separate competition for aspiring writers aged fifteen and under.

Whilst we have some great prizes everyone who enters is a winner and will receive a year’s membership of the Dylan Thomas Society

For this year’s topics we’ve chosen a watery theme to tie in with 2018 being the Visit Wales Year of the Sea.

However, the title is just the start to feed your inspiration – where you go is influenced by you, your imagination, the sight, sounds and the smell of the countryside and towns around you. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) on 21st December and winners will be announced in the New Year.

Age Groups There are two age groups – under 15 years old and 15 to under 19 years old. The cut-off date being 27th October 2018 – Dylan’s birthday.

Entry Fees You can enter as many stories as you wish and select from the drop down list below. Make sure you keep your PayPal Transaction Number and Account Name to attach to the Entry Form. Without these we cannot identify you.

Maggie's Cancer Centres Maggie's is the Birthplace charity of 2018 and will benefit from the competition



PLEASE ENTER HERE.




THE POETRY KIT WINTER COMPETITION 2019





This year's winter competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.

1st prize is £100.
2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE
Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org
all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 22st January 2019
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem £3.50
3 Poems £8.00
5 poems £10

Competition Judge; JIM BENNETT


Jim Bennett lives near Liverpool in the UK and is the author of 74 books, including books for children, books of poetry and many technical titles on transport and examinations.

His poetry collections include;

Drums at New Brighton (Lifestyle 1999)

Down in Liverpool (CD) (Long Neck 2001)

The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds (Bluechrome 2004 reprinted 2006)

Larkhill (Searle Publishing 2009)

The Cartographer / Heswall (Indigo Dreams 2013)

He has won many awards for his writing and performance including 3 DADAFest awards. He is also managing editor of www.poetrykit.org one of the worlds most successful internet sites for poets. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Award on 7 occasions, and shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Award in 2013.

Jim taught Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and now tours throughout the year giving readings and performances of his work.Authors page https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00DHD7F4Q

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style .
There are no restrictions on content.
All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.
The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.
Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.
There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.
Poems must be entered by email to comps@poetrykit.org the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).
Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file
Closing Date for all entries is midnight on MONDAY 22st January 2019
Poems will not be accepted by post.
We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.
Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.
In exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to vary the prizes shown.
Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.
The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

HOW TO ENTER;

1 Pay the appropriate fee and obtain the transaction code.

2 Send your entry via email to comps@poetrykit.org
In the subject line please state "competition entry"
In the body of the email please state;
Your Name
Your address
Your email address
Poem title(s)
Please attach your poem or poems in a single WORD or TEXT file, there should be no identifying features on the file other than the poem titles,

no other file types will be opened. (No PDFs)

It's The Final Countdown

About the Prize

One of the most lucrative prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem
Overall prize of €10,000 and three runner-up prizes of €1,000
Open to anyone over 16, regardless of publishing history
Judged anonymously
No line limit
Poem can be on any subject or theme
Previous winners include Ann Gray, Tom Moore, Natalya Anderson, Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry
Four shortlisted poems to be published in the spring 2019 issue of The Moth
Shortlisted poets to be invited to a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin, where the overall winner will be announced.
You can read an interview with this year’s judge Jacob Polley in the Irish Times.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AN ENTRY FORM OR ENTER ONLINE HERE.

Keats-Shelley Prize

THE ANNUAL POETRY PRIZE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ROME CELEBRATES ITS 28TH YEAR The Keats-Shelley House is proud to present the twenty-eighth a...