Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Griffin Poetry Prize

f you’re interested in submitting an entry for the Griffin Poetry Prize, here is a brief overview of what you need to know:

Entries must come from publishers only. Inquiries about entries must also come from publishers only.
(Please note that the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry is not a publishing company. If you are interested in learning more about companies around the world that publish poetry, we invite you to take a look at our database of publishers who have submitted entries to the Griffin Poetry Prize since the prize’s inception. Writers’ organizations and poetry associations often offer useful publishing resources, and we provide links to some of them here.)

Publishers are welcome to enter an unlimited number of titles. Please click here to download an Entry Form and a complete version of the Rules.

The Griffin Poetry Prize, valued at C$200,000, is awarded annually in two categories – International and Canadian. Each prize is worth C$65,000. In each category, the prize is for the best collection of poetry in English published during the preceding year. One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. C$10,000 goes to each shortlisted poet who reads at the annual Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings in Toronto, Canada.

To be eligible for the International prize, a book of poetry must be a first-edition collection (i.e. not previously published in any country), written in English, or translated into English, by a poet/translator from any part of the world, including Canada. To be eligible for the Canadian prize, a book of poetry must be a first-edition collection (i.e. not previously published in any country), written in English or translated into English by a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada.

No self-published book is eligible. This requirement is consistent with major literary prizes around the world.

Books must have been published in English during the calendar year preceding the year of the award.

For the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, books must be published between January 1st and December 31st, 2016. The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize are:June 30, 2016 for books published between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016;December 31, 2016 for books published between July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
Note: The Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is announced every year in April. The official shortlist is issued by the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry via press release and the Griffin Poetry Prize’s social media channels, and is posted to the Griffin Poetry Prize web site. From time to time, authors or publishers indicate that their works have been nominated for the prize, but what they are announcing is that their works have been submitted for prize consideration.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers 2016

Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.

We are happy to announce that the winning story of the 2015 Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is Joshua Idaszak's "The Last Laz of Krypton."

Congratulations also to our honorable mention: "Mrs. Lana Greer" by Chloe Packer.

All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2016 or submitted online by midnight CT.
Entry fee is $16 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard.
Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story's title and "Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest," should appear on page one.
Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.
Cover sheets are not necessary.
No manuscripts will be returned.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
We accept works up to 8,000 words.
All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.
Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard.
No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the follow issue of Boulevard.
Mail submissions to Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 or submit online.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

Enter The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

We no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts, but we do offer unpublished and unagented writers of children's fiction the chance to submit their work to the annual Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. We're looking for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love!

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.

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.
About The Times/Chicken House Competition
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If your manuscript is ready you can submit your entry online straight away. Registration should take no more than 10 minutes.

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Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.


One First Place Winner will receive:

$3,000 in cash
Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2017 issue
A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
A copy of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2017 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:

$1,500 in cash
Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2017 issue
A copy of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2017 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive:

$500 in cash
Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2017 issue
A copy of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2017 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

$100 in cash
Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2017 issue
A copy of the 17h Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2017 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

A $50 gift certificate for
A copy of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted online. Entries must be accompanied by the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the winning entries to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published.
All entries must be formatted to 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 paper. All manuscripts must be double-spaced. Entries files should not include name, address, and phone number in the upper left-hand corner of the first page since that information is collected on the form.
BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title and contact information) at the top of the manuscript.
Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2017

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2017

Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story.

The competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.
To enter

The 2017 competition will open for entries on November 1st, 2016. Sign up for our newsletter to keep updated on this and other Fiction Desk projects.

The list of winners of the 2016 competition can be found here. Their stories will appear in our next anthology.
Note: what counts as a ghost story?

'Ghost story' can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome, so feel free to experiment: we're very unlikely to disqualify a story for stretching the definition of a "ghost". Keep in mind that our general readership (and by extension our judge) may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than in-your-face gore.

You might find it helpful or inspiring to read previous winners and shortlisted stories, collected in our anthologies New Ghost Stories and New Ghost Stories II, and Separations.

Short Story Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines are for general submission for publication in our anthology series. For competition guidelines, see menu on the left.

How to submit
What we're looking for
There's no deadline
International submissions
Word count
Submission fee
Multiple and simultaneous submissions
Our response times
How to submit

At the moment, we're only accepting submissions through our online submission form. This helps us keep track of all of the submissions as efficiently as possible. Please don't post us anything, as it won't reach the right people.
What we're looking for

The best way to get a really good answer to this question is to try reading us: every publisher has different tastes, and if you take the time to discover what we publish, you'll find it much easier to decide what to send us. Our anthologies are available in paperback and ebook formats. See here for details.

One other thing to note is that we're looking for stories about people and places, rather than about writing itself. If the most important thing about your story is its quirky narrative technique, or if the character is a writer who's writing about the challenges of writing a short story about the challenges of being a writer, then it may not be for us.

Please note that we do not consider novel excerpts, or anything with illustrations or photographs.
There's no deadline

When we've finished work on each short story anthology, we move straight on to the next. So there's no need to rush: just send us your work when you feel it's ready.
International submissions

Although we're based in the UK, we accept submissions from authors all over the English-speaking world.

We ask for first serial rights on any story we publish. This means that the story should not have appeared anywhere else, either in print or online. (This includes publication on an author's own website.) When we publish a story, we ask for a brief period of exclusivity (usually six months), and the right to keep the story in print. We don't ask for website rights, or place any limits on what you can do with your story after the exclusivity period.
Word count

We are able to consider stories that are between 1,000 and 20,000 words in length; please do not send anything longer or shorter than this. (Most of the stories we publish are between about 2,000 and 7,000 words.)

As of May 2016, we now pay £20 per thousand words for stories we publish (eg £80 for a 4,000 word story, or £120 for a 6,000 word story). Contributors also receive two complimentary paperback copies. The stories we publish are also eligible to enter the Writer's Award, a cash prize of £100 for the best story in each volume, as judged by the contributors.
Submission fee

We charge a £3 submission fee for each story submitted to us. This helps with our running costs (we do not receive any external funding), and allows us to devote more time and attention to the submissions we receive. It also enables us to work a little faster: we aim to respond to all submissions within two weeks. Our form now includes an option to purchase one of our anthologies instead of paying the fee. Payment can be made at the time of submission, via credit card or PayPal.
Multiple and simultaneous submissions

It's fine to send us more than one story at a time. In fact, we prefer to see two. Please don't send more than three, though, and please send them through the form one at a time, and not together in one document.

We do understand if you want to submit to more than one magazine at a time. However, please let us know if a story you've submitted to us has been accepted elsewhere!
Our response times

We aim to reply to all submissions within two weeks, although we will sometimes go slightly over this during busy periods or holidays.

If you're waiting for a reply from us, please keep an eye on your junk mail folder, as our replies do sometimes make their way there. If you submitted more than three weeks ago, and have not heard back from us, please check your junk mail folder again. If there's nothing there, email us: It would be very helpful if you could include your submission code (the number you received when you fired off the submission).

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

Short Story Contest

Neel Mukherjee: Judge of the Fish Short Story Contest 2016


Judge: Neel Mukherjee

Word Limit: 5,000 words

Closes: 30 November '16

Results: 17 March '17

Anthology Published: July '17

Entry Fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries)


Top ten stories will be published in the 2017 FISH ANTHOLOGY. 1st: €3,000 plus 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival. 2nd: A week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300. 3rd: €300

Fish Short Story Contest

PrizesRulesEntry FeesHow to EnterENTER NOW

The Fish Short Story Contest was started in 1994, and has become an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons. (Past honorary patrons were Frank McCourt and Dermot Healy).

This year’s judge, Neel Mukherjee, will be selecting 10 short stories to be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. The Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival (July 2107).

Publication in the annual Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has, for many authors, been a stepping-stone to a successful writing career. See Alumni.

Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

Enter Short Story Contest

Prizes: Short Story Contest

Ten stories will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology. (First, second, third and seven honourable mentions)

First – €3,000 – (€1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology). Plus a week long fiction writing workshop with Claire Keegan during the West Cork Literary Festival.

Second – a week at Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat in West Cork’s Beara Peninsula, and €300 travel expenses. For information about past winners of second prize and their residencies, see here.

Third – €300

The ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.

Rules: Short Story Contest

No entry form is needed. Entry is online, or by post if required.
You may enter as many times as you wish.
The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
There is no restriction on theme or style.
Maximum number of words is 5,000.
The winning stories must be available for the anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously.
Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author.
Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).
In order to give opportunities to emerging writers: (a) Writers who have had two short stories published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions. (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.
Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.

Entry Fees: Short Story Contest

First Entry
€ Subsequent

Online 20.00 10.00
Critique (Optional) 45.00 45.00

Post 22.00 12.00
Critique (Optional) 47.00 47.00

How to Enter: Short Story Contest

You can enter online or by post. The cheaper option is to enter online.

How to Enter Online:
To enter online, click:
Enter Short Story Contest and follow the instructions.
MAKE SURE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS ARE NOT ON THE STORY. (Judging is done anonymously.) Your story and name are linked automatically when you enter.

How to Enter by Post:
Post to: Fish Short Story Contest, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Print on one side of the page only in reasonable sized type.
The Short Story Contest is judged anonymously, so please do not put your name or contact details on any of the story pages.
Include all contact details on a separate sheet.
Receipt of entry will be by email.
Stories will not be returned.
N.B. Do not sent postal orders (outside Ireland). Make cheques out in your own currency.

Time left to Enter:

Monday, 31 October 2016

London Magazine Short Story Competition 2016 - DEADLINE EXTENDED to November - 7th 2016

London Magazine Short Story Competition 2016 - DEADLINE EXTENDED to November - 7th 2016

More info here

Robert J. Demott Short Prose Contest

Contest Submission Guidelines
Prize: $1,008.15 + Publication
Judge: Ander Monson
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016

Submit up to three previously unpublished pieces of 500 words or fewer. Send us your best prose poems, short-short stories, micro-essays, etc. To read the work of past winners, see our Table of Contents page.

The entry fee is $15 for three pieces and includes a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal.
Include a title page with your address, phone number, and the title(s) of your submission.
All entries will be considered for publication in Quarter After Eight.

Ander Monson is the author of six books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, most recently Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf). He directs the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arizona and edits the magazine DIAGRAM, the New Michigan Press, and Essay Daily.
We accept online entries to the contest through our submission manager. We will also continue to accept contest submissions by mail.

Online Submissions:
Submit up to three pieces as one document through our online submission manager. Be sure to submit to the genre "Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest." Once you submit, the system will guide you to a page where you can make a payment.

Online submissions close at 12:00 midnight EST on November 15. Submissions received after this time will not be considered.

Postal Submissions:
Mail entries to:

Quarter After Eight
Ohio University
360 Ellis Hall
Athens, OH 45701

Make checks payable to Quarter After Eight.
Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 15.


The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries.
Entries close 1st November 2016.

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. All stories submitted must be unpublished, but both unpublished and published writers are eligible to apply. The competition is free to enter.

The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Short stories translated into English from all other languages are eligible. We also accept entries in the original Bengali, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Samoan.

Please read the entry and eligibility guidelines, downloadable from the entry page, before submitting your story via the online entry form, available here: Submit an entry

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Entry conditions
First prize: $4000
Two prizes for runners-up: $500 each

The winner will be published in Overland 226, autumn 2017.
This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
The prize is open to writers nationally and internationally, at any stage of their career.
Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories should be formatted at 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
The winning story will be published in Overland; runners-up will be published at Other entries may be considered for publication.
The closing date is 11.59pm, 20 November 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
Winners will be announced in February 2017. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.

Enter the Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016


international writing competitions for unpublished & independently published novelists
NOW OPEN: The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016
JUDGE: Julia Churchill, Literary Agent at AM Heath
SHORTLIST PRIZE: £500 Cornerstones Literary Consultancy vouchers
SUBMISSIONS: 3,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels written for children or young adults
ENTRY FEE: £22 per novel
CLOSING DATE: 20th November 2016
The Bath Children’s Novel Award is sponsored byCornerstones Literary Consultancy

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016 is now OPEN, with entries invited from children’s novelists of any nationality and perspective until 20th November 2016.

We’re looking for all genres of chapter, middle grade and young adult novels – from funny to dark, fashionable to forever, fantastic to futuristic, we’d love to read your manuscript!

This is The Bath Children’s Novel Award’s second year. Inaugural winner Lucy Van Smit was swiftly signed by Sallyanne Sweeney, whilst shortlistee Sophie Cameron accepted an offer of representation from Hellie Ogden. Fellow shortlistee Jane Brittan attracted a Carnegie Medal nomination for her indie-published book. Read the opening chapters of all the winning and shortlisted novels here.

Entries are longlisted by a team of junior judges aged from 7 to 17 and we are delighted to welcome children’s literary agent, JULIA CHURCHILL as this year’s Shortlist Judge. Julia Churchill joined AM Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list.

“I’m always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent.”
Julia Churchill, Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016 Judge

Julia, thank you for judging this year’s prize. How perfect will a manuscript need to be for it to win?

I’d love to find perfection, but I don’t expect it. I’m looking for a spark of talent and intent that inspires me.

What qualities do you look for in Chapter Books / Middle Grade / YA?

It’s different every time. Each book has its own special qualities. Broadly, I’d say focus, clarity and momentum. Specifically, maybe a clever concept that’s so neat I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before, or a low key spareness to the writing, or a character that I think can run and run.

At this stage, how important is the title and what will you be looking for in a synopsis?

A good title is an asset, but it’s not vital by any means. Not at this stage. In a synopsis, I look for a clear spine to the story.

Any advice on word counts?

As long as the book needs to be. I think every serious children’s author should have a sense of the length expectations for each age group/genre. But some books can happily fall outside of the norm.

Any first page pet hates?

It’s not a pet hate, per-se, but I see a lot of submissions that start with an alarm clock going off and the character waking up. And in that case the writer has likely made the decision to start the book on the morning of the day that something happens, rather than when something actually happens.

What was the last children’s book which made you laugh / cry?

I recently re-read Goodnight Mr Tom, which moved me to tears. And the Emer Stamp books make me laugh.

What’s top of your wishlist right now?

I don’t generally have a wishlist. I’d like to find a quality commercial project, and it could be a chapter book, or a YA novel, or anything in-between. A love story, a thriller, an adventure, a character based young project, a verse novel. Who knows!? That’s the fun of it.

What makes you want to sign a writer?

I’m looking for voice, concept, character and story. Debut writers I’ve helped to break out include Sarah Crossan, Sarah Lean, Michelle Harrison, Pip Jones, Jenny McLachlan, Rebecca Westcott.

Do you represent novelists who also write for adults?

I do, but only for existing clients who diversify into writing for adults.

Best and worst aspects of your job?

Selling books for authors. I honestly get as much personal satisfaction from a ten publisher auction that ties up in days, to a selling book that takes a year to place, for a modest advance. It’s all about finding a home for each project. And the worst aspect is not selling books. Of course that can happen too, and it’s very disappointing. But it may be the subsequent project that breaks the author out. This is a long term business.

Lastly, any other advice for entrants?

Don’t rush to get it in. Take your time. That last read through with a red pen when you realise that you can leave a scene much earlier than you do, or that midnight brainwave you have about how to elegantly transition to chapter 2, may make a big difference. Good luck, I’m looking forward to reading your work!
The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016 Rules
The Bath Children’s Novel Award is a competition for unpublished and independently published writers. Entrants should not have accepted a traditional publication offer for a novel. For the purposes of the competition, a ‘traditional publication offer’ is defined as an offer to publish a novel with advance payment.
Novels should be for children who are able to read for themselves, or young adults. Picture books and graphic novels are not eligible.
Entrants must be unagented.
Submissions should include (up to) the first 3,000 words of your novel plus a one page synopsis. Your novel extract should be double-spaced in a size 12 font and include the title. Your synopsis should be single-spaced in a size 12 font. As entries are read ‘blind’, please do NOT include your name anywhere on the extract and synopsis document.
In your email (or covering page for postal entrants), state your name, address, telephone number, novel title, genre, extract and approximate full manuscript word count, plus your method of entry fee payment.
The entrance fee is £22 per novel. You may enter as many novels as you wish.
Longlisted entrants will be announced early December 2016 and asked to submit their full manuscript for the final judging stages. Shortlisted entrants will be announced in December 2016.
The winner of The Bath Children’s Novel Award, as judged by Julia Churchill, will be announced in January 2017 and receive £2,000 plus a Minerva trophy, designed byJessica Palmer
One shortlisted writer will receive £500 in vouchers from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy which may be used towards any editorial report or mentoring hours in either Cornerstones’ US or UK house. There is no cash alternative to this prize.
Entries close 20th November 2016.
Full manuscripts may be any length, however as a guide, we recommend 6-10,000 for a chapter book, 40-60,000 for middle grade and 50-70,000 words for YA (or longer for fantasy novels).
Novels must be your original work and in English.
Entries are open to writers aged 16 years and over of any nationality and based in any country.
Entrants retain full copyright of their submissions, however by entering, all entrants give The Bath Novel Award permission to post the first 3,000 words of any shortlisted entries on our site.
The winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes.
Entrants employed by The Bath Novel Award or AM Heath Literary Agency are not eligible.
Submissions cannot be altered after entry.
Entries which do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified.
How to Enter

To enter a novel for The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016, please first pay the entry fee of £22 per novel by one of three options:
Bank transfer: account number 22562591 (“The Bath Novel Award”) Sort Code 60-24-77, referencing your novel’s title
Debit/credit card or PayPal payment via the below ‘Buy Now’ button

Cheque/postal orders (£GB only) payable to “The Bath Novel Award” and sent to: The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK

Then submit your novel by one of the two below options:
ONLINE: Email your novel extract (first 3,000 words maximum) and synopsis (one page) together in ONE attachment, preferably pdf or Word, to: quoting your novel’s title in the subject box. In the text of your email, please state your name, address, telephone number, novel title, genre, extract and full manuscript word counts, plus your method of entry fee payment. Please also mention if payment was made under a different name or on a different date. We acknowledge online entries by return email, usually within 24 hours.
POSTAL: Mail your novel extract (first 3,000 words maximum) and synopsis (one page) to: The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK together with a covering page stating your name, address, telephone number, novel title, genre, extract and full manuscript word counts, plus your method of entry fee payment. Please enclose an SAE if you wish to receive a postal acknowledgement.

2015 Winner
LUCY VAN SMIT for HURTS SO GOOD (YA Psychological Thriller)

“With an incredibly strong voice and sustained suspense, HURTS SO GOOD is a YA thriller that had me at the edge of my seat from its arresting opening to the epic finale. Norwegian fjords, an abandoned wolf reservation, and dealing sensitively and powerfully with the darker side to religion and relationships – what’s not to love?” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Lucy Van Smit: “I’ve always loved thrillers and wanted to write about a girl who must choose between the love of her life, and being able to live with herself. Entering the Bath Children’s Novel Award fired me up to finish my manuscript. I was in Kilarney, on the Robert McKee’s Story seminar, when I got long-listed, and had a week to send in the full manuscript. Each day, I studied ten hours with McKee, and edited through the night, finishing at 05.30 on the final Sunday, only to find the WiFi wouldn’t send the file! The shortlist knocked me out, especially as young, and adult, judges read your work. They characterised my story as ‘a daring, wolfish Nordic Noir.”

Lucy lives in London with her husband and teenage son. As a TV producer, she has made documentaries about writers including Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, but always had the feeling she was a writer too. After her 10+ novel, Invisible by Day, won the first SCWBI Slushpile Competition, Lucy took an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she began writing Hurts So Good. Lucy is now represented by 2015 judge, literary agentSallyanne Sweeney.

Read Lucy’s winner’s interview here.

Read the first chapter of Hurts So Good here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.

Left to right: Bath Children’s Novel Award 2015 Winner Lucy Van Smit; Bath Novel Award Founder Caroline Ambrose; 2015 Judge, Literary Agent Sallyanne Sweeney & Cornerstones Lit US’s Dionne McCulloch

2015 Runner Up

“Jake accidentally shrinks his mum and things go downhill from here, with hilarious consequences. 92-year-old Ernie is the neighbour everyone should have (particularly in a situation such as this), and I loved their dynamic. Laugh-out-loud funny, silly and with a fantastic voice. I think the author has serious potential as a comic writer for the middle-grade market. It stills makes me smile” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Sharon Tandy: “Before I began THE MINIATURES, I had partially written an older, gritty story about children that could fly and wanted to migrate to foreign lands they’d heard about. But, as writing checklists always say, I decided to have a go at ‘write what you know’… and for me that’s making children giggle. Having two boys helped enormously. I feel The Miniatures is a story they can easily read and relate to. There are over-the-top antics, but also a core sense of ‘doing right’ with a little bit of mischievousness to boot.”

Sharon lives with her husband and two young sons in Kidderminster, where she has worked as assistant to the Mayor for the last eight years.

Read our interview with Sharon here

Read Sharon’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.


“This was a brilliantly gritty and tense YA novel and the characters were very strong. The suspense was well done and sustained throughout, and I loved the setting and premise. The writing is great and there is strong commercial potential here” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Jane Brittan:“I studied English Literature badly many years ago and did a Masters in Creative Writing less badly in 2010. That’s what really got me back into writing stories. I started writing THE EDGE OF ME back in 2011 and the central character, Sanda, came to me as a voice in the middle of the night. Just a voice is all I had but it felt so real, so urgent, so believable that I had to let her live – to set her free. The Bosnian War happened when my sons were very little, and the reports of what was happening to ordinary people so shocked me. They stayed with me, and because I wanted to write a book that felt real, that came out of conflict and might resonate with young people, I knew it was right to go back there. As a writer, I’m drawn to cruelty, darkness and the ‘gothic’, but I like redemption and salvation too.”

Jane works with Animation and Illustration undergraduate students on storytelling. She has two grown up sons, a daughter and three stepsons and lives in North London. The Edge of Me is independently published byBlowfish Books and is currently nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

Read our interview with Jane here

Read Jane’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.


“This had a fantastic opening and the author did a brilliant job of establishing the tone, premise and relationships from the outset. I loved the dynamic between Jaya and her dad and the concept is really exciting. The writing was very filmic and atmospheric. This is an exciting and interesting YA author who I’m sure we’ll hear more about in the future” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Sophie Cameron: “OUT OF THE BLUE was written earlier this year – though the idea first came to me in 2010, inspired by Barcelona street artists and Lynx’s ‘Angels Will Fall’ advert, amongst other things. In Out of the Blue, angels have started falling from the sky, each dying on impact and the world becomes obsessed with finding a living angel.”

Sophie is based in Edinburgh, where she works as a Marketing Officer for TRACS (Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland). She has a postgraduate certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and was formerly a mentee on the WoMentoring project. Out of the Blue went on to be longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award and a finalist in SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2016. Sophie has now signed with literary agent Hellie Ogden. Read our interview with Sophie here.

Read Sophie’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.


“I loved the Kenyan setting here and the premise to the novel was very exciting. Neema is a strong character who I think children will relate to and the author draws the reader immediately into her world. A very interesting and enjoyable read” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

RED GOD / BLACK GOD originated during a field trip to Kenya whilst Dorothy was studying for an MA in Writing for Children at the University of Central Lancashire. It tells the story of Neema, a fourteen-year-old Maasai girl who takes a stand against Maasai tradition.

Dorothy is a Literacy and Creative Writing tutor and freelance writer of children’s fiction and educational materials with many years experience of teaching English. Dorothy lives in the north east of England and has published her novel on Createspace.

Read Dorothy’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.

Read our interview with Dorothy here

Janine Beacham The Butlers of Silvercrest Hall
Lilian Butterwick A Silent World
Sarah Day I’ve Heard Stories
Mark Dlugash The Takeover
KF Goodacre The Elder Throne
Hayley Hoskins Finding Polly
Alex Ivey The Glass Hotel
Rob Keeley Childish Spirits
Olivia Kiernan Holly Stone: Into the Spider’s Web
Libby O’Loghlin Charlotte Aimes: The Great Alpine Adventure
Mandy Rabin The Girl Who Tangled Time
Honey Stavonhagen Hope Grayling the Blind Detective

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is sponsored byCornerstones Literary Consultancy

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Doolin Writers’ Weekend Competition

The Doolin Writers' Weekend takes place annually in February and is an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, music and food and has something for every level of writer from beginners to expert wordsmiths and lovers of literature alike. ‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw & Dylan Thomas and each spring Hotel Doolin invites the best of Irish writers back west.

Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce Doolin Writers' Competition 2017 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction and the closing date is January 13th 2017. This year Rita-Ann Higgins will judge the poetry competition, Sinead Glesson will judge the Short Story and E.M Reapy will judge the Flash Fiction Category.

Meanwhile Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 3rd-5th February for the 5th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Co. Clare with again play host to some of the country’s leading writers.

Writers making their way west this spring include Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Rita-Ann Higgins, Alan McMonagle, Karl Parkinson as well as Stinging Fly Editor Declan Meade, Editor of the Award winning ‘Long Gaze Back’ Anthology Sinead Glesson, literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney, commissioning editor of Harper Collins, Anna Kelly and many more to be announced.

‘It’s a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix, as Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of fiction says, “there is no VIP room in Irish Literature,” and this is true also for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, one of the key aspects of the festival for us is that it has the feel of a community with people joining us here every year and just picking up where things left off, audiences and artists feeling at one and enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend.’ Donal Minihane- Event Organiser- Hotel Doolin General Manager

‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John & Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.’

2017 Judges

Rita-Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway. She has published ten collections of poetry, her most recent collection Tongulish was received to great acclaim.

Tongulish, finds Higgins as intensively inventive and deliciously subversive as ever… The rebellious, innovative Higgins is one of his [James Joyce’s] distinctive heirs. Like Joyce, she knows just how to beat up the English language and her use of mythology, Irish language and Ireland’s past put her own inimitable stamp on her bang up-to-date present.’ – Martina Evans, The Irish Times

Rita Ann Higgins’s readings are legendary. Raucous, anarchic, witty and sympathetic, her poems chronicle the lives of the Irish dispossessed in ways that are both provocative and heart-warming.

Higgins has a talent for tuning into our everyday lives, making the ordinary border on the epic, suggesting something more sinister from the ostensibly mundane… Her language is rooted in the vernacular. She could be called the people’s poet. – Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner [on Tongulish]

E.M Reapy

E.M. Reapy is from Mayo, has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast and was the founding editor of Her work has been published internationally and she has read at festivals and events in Ireland, the U.K., the U.S., Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, she represented Ireland and was listed for the PEN International: New Voices Award. She was one of the writers featured in 'The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers' and she received an Arts Council Literature Bursary to complete her debut novel Red Dirt which was published by Head of Zeus in June 2016.

Sinéad Gleeson

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, broadcaster, critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She is the editor of three short story anthologies including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards.The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland was published in October 2016. Her non-fiction has been published in Banshee, Granta, Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons and Winter Papers. A short story appeared in the Looking at the Stars anthology. She is currently working on a book of essays and a novel.

For the Competition Terms & Condition Click Here

For Postal entries please post your submission to Doolin Writers' Competition Entry with a cover letter with your name, email address and contact number and with the €10 Fee in a cheque or Postal order form made payable to Hotel Doolin. Your name and contact details must appear only in the cover letter and not the story or poem.

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If you have any queries, please contact:
Donal Minihane
Hotel Doolin
Co. Clare

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else.
I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be." -Ken Venturi

 International Call For Entries - Writers from all around the world are welcome


Now in its sixth year, the Atlantis Short Story Contest *2016* opens its gates. Authors from all around the world are welcome to enter the one and only contest that offers a criqitue for every participating story!

You can submit your short story here !
Quick & Easy Submission Process

Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction

The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story and finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review. Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems).

Standard Submissions:

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be typed, double-spaced, with standard 1" margins and size 12 Times New Roman font.

We consider short stories with a maximum of 30 pages.

We consider up to 5 poems with a combined 15 page maximum.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us of publication elsewhere.

Submissions should include a cover-letter complete with contact information and the name(s) of your story or poem(s).

Contest Submissions:

Submitters for the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in poetry are to adhere to the same standards as above, barring the 5-poem maximum. Submissions to be considered for the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize should be exactly three poems, no fewer and no more, with a maximum length of 15 pages.

Submitters for the Chris O'Malley prize in fiction are to follow the same standards as listed above.

A note on the submission fee:

Although we hate the idea of further burdening penniless poets, we have decided to charge two dollars per submission. Rest assured, the change we'll be collecting (about what you would have spent on postage) will be put to good use. Thanks for understanding. And your money.



Art submissions should be submitted through the new art folder. Please read all guidelines under category. Please include a cover letter.



The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story (30 page max), and the finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in the issue of The Madison Review.

The Madison Review accepts contest submissions from September 1st through November 1st.

Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems). Updates on the contests can be found on our blog and our Twitter feed.

Please see the Madsion Review website for more information.

These contests are open every Fall Semester from September 1st to November 1st. Submit Now.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016



Are you looking to become a first-time Young Adult or Adult fiction author?

Do you have what it takes to become a best-selling writer?

If so, please enter The Mercier Press Fiction Competition. We will be accepting submissions from unpublished authors from 21 September 2016 to 1 February 2017. In addition to a publishing deal the winner will receive a €1000 cash prize.

The publishing deal includes:
Professional cover design, including provision of cover image
Professional typesetting and interior layout design
Consultation with editor
Upload to eBook retailers, including Amazon
Marketing & Publicity Campaign

The €1000 cash prize is paid upon sign-off of final manuscript. Long-list will be announced in April 2017. Short-list announced in May 2017. Winner will be announced in July 2017 for publication in June 2018.

To enter please submit a minimum of 10,000 -12,000 words of original fiction aimed at young adults or adults ONLY as well as a 1000 word synopsis of the full novel to The completed manuscript should be no more than 100,000 words.

Full terms and conditions available here.

Entry form available here.

Please note you are only eligible to enter if you have not had a novel published or released into the public domain in any format, including but not limited to the internet. The competition is looking for new work.