Thursday, 10 August 2017
2017 brings the inaugural Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition and we’re open for submissions.
The competition is open to both published and aspiring writers alike, so long as they are over the age of sixteen. Submissions should be aimed at adults, but there is no set theme. Word counts should be in the region of 2,000 words.
Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org for the opportunity to have your work become part of, and be associated with, a festival that has hosted some of Ireland’s greatest literary figures.
Closing date for entries is 1st September 2017. Three finalists will be selected by the competition judge, Carlo Gebler, with all three receiving two weekend passes to the Benedict Kiely Festival on the 20th and 21st of October, where the winner will be announced. Entrants must be available and willing to attend the festival on Saturday 21st October, when the winner will be announced.
All entries must be original and must not have been published before 2017. We do accept simultaneous submissions, and submissions which have been selected for publication in 2017 will still be eligible for consideration. Writers may submit one entry only. Finalists will be notified at the email address stated in their entry, and competition updates will also be posted on our twitter and facebook pages.
Your entry can appear in the body of the email or as a Word/PDF attachment and as long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.
Sunday, 6 August 2017
Flash Fiction Award Entry
Judge: David Swann
Closes: Midnight GMT October 15th 2017
Winners: Announced by October 31st 2017
Prizes: £1000 first, £300 second, £100 third, two £30 commended
50 authors offered anthology print publication.
All Entries before 31st August will be reduced.
£9.00 GBP - Reduced price £7.50 GBP
All Currencies Accepted
£15.00 GBP£12.00 GBP
All Currencies Accepted
More info and Entry Here
Entries are made online via email. Following payment using one of the buttons above, PayPal will email you your receipt. To enter, simply 'Forward' that email – ensuring to 'Attach' your work – to the email address below:
Thursday, 3 August 2017
Troubadour international poetry prize 2017
judged by imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts
prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
plus, with thanks to leading poetry magazines & troubadour coffee-house,
1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review
5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation)
3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review
2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto
£100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher
bottle of troubadour champagne
plus, for all prize-winning poets, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 27 nov 2017, with imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts
submit via e-mail or post by mon 16 oct 2017
(check out 2016 winning poems & judges' reports on our poems page)
Imtiaz Dharker, poet (visual artist & prizewinning film-maker) was born in Pakistan, grew up in Glasgow, & now divides her time between London, Wales & India. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is a prescribed poet for GCSE English, has appeared on Desert Island Discs, & has been awarded both the Society of Authors' Cholomondeley Prize & the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Latest of her six poetry collections is Over the Moon (Bloodaxe, 2014).
Michael Symmons Roberts has also published 6 collections of poetry, all with Cape, including Drysalter (2013), & is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has won the Forward Prize, Costa Book Award & Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Born in Preston, Lancs, he grew up in Newbury, Berks, &, in addition to his much-awarded poetry, has written & presented radio documentaries & dramas, & has written novels, libretti & texts for oratorios & song cycles.
judges will read all poems submitted
Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet's name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or separate submissions from any entrant; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification.
Fees: Entries must be accompanied by fees of £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via EITHER PayPal onwebsite (account not required, please note PayPal Receipt No.) OR Cheque/Postal-Order payable to Coffee-House Poetry.
By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet's Name & Address, Phone No, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR cheque/postal-order enclosed; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.
By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to CoffPoetry@aol.com as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to email@example.com; include following details in e-mail: Poet's Name & Address, Phone No, List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR send cheque/postal-order by post.
Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight on Mon 16 Oct 2017; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 16 Oct 2017. Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing Mon 20 Nov 2017. Prize-giving will take place on Mon 27 Nov 2017 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London.
Acknowledgement/Results: E-mail entries acknowledged within 14 days of receipt of both entry & payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope marked Acknowledgement &/or stamped, addressed envelope marked Results; results will be posted on website (& mailed to all postal entrants who included a Results envelope) after Mon 27 Nov 2017; judges' decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Friday, 28 July 2017
Tuesday 1st August 2017 sees the launch of the sixth biannual Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.
Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017
The short story competition was first held in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in 2018, date to be confirmed.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd December 2017.
Stories of any genre can be submitted online or by post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story.
How to Enter:
Enter your story via email and make payment via BACS transfer.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email story entries will receive a reply including InterAct's bank details and a unique payment reference number once the story has been submitted. The reference number must then be included with the £15.00 per story BACS transfer payment. Alternatively you can pay by posting a cheque made out to 'InterAct Stroke Support', quoting your unique reference on the reverse of the cheque. If the payment is not received by fourteen days after the story has been submitted the entry will be disqualified.
The filename of email entries must be the title of the story and it must be either a .doc .docx or .pdf file. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story.
We would appreciate it if, when submitting your story via email, you can tell us how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition.
Postal entries must be typed, single-sided, with pages numbered and unstapled, with payment by cheque made out to 'InterAct Stroke Support'. Stapled entries will not be accepted. Please include a covering letter detailing the entrant’s name, contact details, how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition and the word count of the story. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story. Send postal entries to:
Short Story Competition
InterAct Stroke Support
Victoria Charity Centre
11 Belgrave Road
Please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry.
Terms and conditions of entry:
1. The length of each story must not exceed 1000 words.
2. Entrants can write in any genre.
3. Entrants can submit multiple stories.
4. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting.
5. The winner of the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition will receive £1,000 and will be commissioned to write four further short stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year.
6. The closing date for all entries is 5pm, Friday 22nd December 2017.
7. A £15.00 entry fee is applicable to each story entered. Payment can be made either by BACS transfer (details sent once the story has been submitted) with email entries or by cheques made out to ‘InterAct Stroke Support’ with postal entries.
8. The competition is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, over 16 years.
9. Stories must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or public online forum or broadcast.
10. While the copyright of any story submitted to the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition will remain with the author, stories are submitted with the understanding that InterAct has the right to copy, distribute and publish the story to support the charity’s work.
Disclaimer: Due to the expected volume of entries, the charity is unable to offer individual feedback to entrants. The decision of the judges is final.
Thursday, 20 July 2017
International Story Prize
This prestigious prize is awarded each year for a short story on a chosen theme. The winner receives a cash prize and worldwide publication of their story. Last year's theme was CONFLICT. You can see the winning story, runners up and highly commended in the anthology, CONFLICT, available to purchase here and in all good high street and on-line booksellers around the world.
In 2017 there are even bigger cash prizes and greater opportunities for publication with the full shortlist of 25 entries being included in an anthology dedicated to this prize.
The prizes are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December by celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment. In 2017 we hope to include video links to any winners who are unable to be present. You can see photos from the 2016 event here.
The feedback option proved very popular with over 40% of entries choosing to receive advice and guidance on their work from industry professionals.
Despite it's worldwide appeal, with entries from five continents in 2016 and a shortlist covering seven countries, the International literary prize remains small and exclusive attracting a high standard rather than a high number of entries With the top twenty-five stories included in the 2107 anthology it provides the best opportunity so far for publication with Hammond House .
The theme for 2017, ETERNAL is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful.
Advice guidance and support from judges, best-selling authors and past winners will be posted here over the next few weeks together with details of local writers groups who are supporting their members in preparing entries.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Do you know how to put your adventures into words or have you always imagined yourself exploring the world? Write your #GoExplore story in less than 3,000 words and win a GoPro Hero camera to get your adventures on camera, or alternatively €150!
Adventures make incredible tales – from Jules Verne’s classics to the modern travel stories we see today; they allow you to explore the world through the eyes of someone else. Adventures are exciting – whether they are about travelling, summer love, extreme sports, starting a new job, an unexpected turn of the day or something breathtaking in a fantasy world your protagonist lives in.
STEP-BY-STEP ON HOW TO JOIN
Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:
Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid
iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS
Step 2: Create an account or log in
Step 3: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’
Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #GoExplore in the tags section in Story Details
That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers
Read our FAQ to get answers to most of the questions you may have;)
Submissions open: 26th of June – 10th of August
Winners announcement: 31st of August
Best English story [jury]: GoPro Hero camera (or €150 in cash)
Most popular story [most followers]: GoPro Hero camera (or €150 in cash)
Best feedback x 2 [jury]: €20 cash
Top 10 English stories (shortlist): featured on Sweek for 3 weeks + digital certificate
You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
The story must be tagged #GoExplore in story details
Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
The story is written in English, German, Dutch or Portuguese
The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared.
The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 10/08/2017, 23:59 CET
You can participate with multiple entries
The story can be any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is: 29/08/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.
We cannot wait to read about your adventures!
ONE POEM - Maximum 40 Lines
Theme - ETERNAL
2nd £50 3rd £25
Entry fee £10 Members £5
Feedback option £5
for 25 shortlisted entries
Pamphlet containing other work can be submitted to support your entry.
Submission deadline: 31st August 2017
Publication and award ceremony December 2017
Please read Submission Guidelines and Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry
We pleased to announce the launch of this prestigious annual Poetry Prize. The winner receives a cash prize and worldwide publication of their work in an anthology of poetry together with twenty-four other shortlisted entries.
The poetry prizes, together with those for Short Story and Scriptwriting are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December and attended by celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment. In 2017 we hope to include video links to any winners who are unable to be present. You can see photos from the 2016 event here.
The feedback option proved very popular in our 2016 short story competition with over 40% of entries choosing to receive advice and guidance on their work from industry professionals.
Despite its international appeal, we expect the Poetry Prize, like the Literary Prize, will remain small and exclusive, attracting a high standard rather than a high number of entries. With the top twenty-five entries included in the 2017 anthology, it provides the best opportunity so far for publication of poetry with Hammond House.
The theme for 2017, ETERNAL, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem.
There are no limits to line length or word count, so both Haiku and Epic poems fit the bill. The three judges each write poetry of varying styles, and appreciate poetry, from a wide variety of national and international writers, trawl wide, dig deep, and take care with your words.
A short pamphlet containing up to seven or so of your other poetry may be submitted in support of your poem entry, to provide the judges with a context for your poem in relation to your wider body of work. Please ensure this does not have your name on it. The final Judgement will be made on the poem entry alone, not the wider work.
Advice and guidance from Hammond `House `members will be posted here over the coming few weeks together with details of local writers groups and other organisations who are encouraging and supporting their members to prepare entries for the competitions.
Thursday, 6 July 2017
The Portobello Prize will showcase the most exciting new voices in narrative non-fiction, offering debut writers an opportunity to seek out and publish an untold story that reflects our times.
From its inception, Portobello Books has championed writers who have shone a spotlight on unexplored issues, unvisited places, and under-reported stories. Portobello has a strong track record of publishing books that are as eye-opening as they are page-turning. And now, with the launch of the Portobello Prize, we want to celebrate the art of narrative non-fiction and to discover and launch a star of the future.
The inaugural 2017 Portobello Prize will be open to any UK citizen or UK-based writer who is unpublished in book form, and entries can be submitted from 16th June to 16th October 2017.
The judging panel consists of: Ben Rawlence (author of City of Thorns), Sharmaine Lovegrove (film & TV scout and literary editor), Sophie Lambert (Literary Agent, C+W), Marion Rankine (book-buyer at Foyles), and Laura Barber (Publishing Director, Portobello Books).
The winner will receive a competitive book deal, representation by C+W, and publication by Portobello Books, backed by a dynamic marketing and publicity campaign, with promotional support from legendary independent bookstore, Foyles.
Watch the prize introductory trailer here.
For any questions regarding the prize, please email email@example.com.
How to enter:
1. The writer must have UK citizenship, or have been UK-resident for the last 18 months, but the subject of the proposal doesn’t necessary need to be British.
2. The writer must be unpublished in book form (having published journalism in print or online is fine, as is having had work published as part of a multi-authored collection).
3. Entries must consist of: a comprehensive overview of the subject and how the story will be told, along with a sample chapter, and a biographical note, and the whole entry must be between 10,000 and 14,000 words. For top tips on how to write a killer proposal, please read Sophie Lambert’s blog on Foyles.co.uk.
4. Entries can be made between midnight on 16th June 2017 and midnight on 16th October 2017.
5. Entries must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Entries must be exclusive – the idea and material cannot be on submission to other prizes, publishers, or agencies.
7. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize this year, or to make multiple offers of publication and representation.
8. The writer must be aware that if their entry wins, their book will be agented by C+W and published by Portobello Books.
9. The writer must be prepared to take part in a launch event at Foyles, and assist with promotion.
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