Thursday, 9 August 2018

New prize for debut novelists over 60





British writer Paul Torday (1946-2013) published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen aged 60. The Torday family have set up the new prize in his honour to celebrate first novels by authors aged 60 or over.

"My brother Nick and I founded this prize in memory of our late father Paul, who found literary success late in life with his debut Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at the age of 60. Our message to the industry and the public with this prize is very simple and twofold: it truly is never too late to follow your dream, and we passionately believe that writing could be a wonderful second career for many more with a life of well-lived experience to call upon."

Piers Torday

The winner will receive £1,000 plus a set of Paul Torday's collected works. Runners-up will receive one specially-selected Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate.

The Paul Torday Prize joins 8 existing awards administered by the SoA and will first be awarded at the 2019 Authors' Awards. This year we  awarded £98,000 to 31 writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

The prize is indebted to W & N Fiction for providing the books.

Entries are open from 1 August 2018. The deadline for entry is 15 November 2018. Find out more and submit.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Themed Flash Fiction Competition



l entries are judged by Amanda Saint, novelist, short story writer and founder of Retreat West. The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes and have their stories published on the website.

You can read winning stories from previous competitions here.


Winner Prize: £200


Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100

Word count: Max 500

2018 Deadlines and Themes:
Date: March 25th / Theme: Forgetting
Date: June 24th / Theme: Reunions
Date: September 30th / Theme: Protest
Date: December 30th / Theme: Running Away

Entry Fee:


£8 for 1 entry

Competition Rules
Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included).
Please include a word count on the story document
Maximum word count is 500 (excluding title) but there is no minimum. Please do not submit stories above this word count as they will be automatically disqualified. Sorry!
Do not include your name on the story or the submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email – sorry but stories where we can see the writer’s name will automatically be disqualified as all entries are judged anonymously.
Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print.
By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the Retreat West website.
If you enter the story elsewhere and it is accepted for publication before judging takes place then you will have to withdraw it and no entry fees will be refundable.
Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
You can enter multiple stories but the £8 entry fee is payable each time and each story must be submitted separately.
The judge’s decision is final.
Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal only so you must have an account to receive your prize.
There is no alternative prize.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

EVERYTHING WITH WORDS CONTEST - YOUNG ADULT





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

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

The short list will be judged by Patrice Lawrence. We’re hoping to find someone who can capture the feel of the city, the sound and tone of how people speak, their raw thoughts, hopes and fears.

Key Dates:

Entries may be submitted from Friday May 4th 2018

Last day for entry November 30th 2018.

Shortlist announced January 11th 2019

Winner announced February 22nd 2019

Terms and conditions

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

Hammond House Publishing - 2018 SHORT STORY COMPETITION





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. In pervious years the themes have been CONFLICT and ETERNAL You can see the winning stories, in the anthologies, available to purchase from our bookstore or from all good high street and on-line booksellers around the world.



In 2018 there are plenty of 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. and include video links to any winners who are unable to be present.



The feedback option is very popular with over 40% of entries in 2017 choosing to receive advice and guidance on their work from industry professionals.


Despite its worldwide appeal, with entries from five continents in 2017 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 annual anthology, it provides the best opportunity for publication with Hammond House.


The theme for 2018, PRECIOUS 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.

Link Age 25th Birthday Writing Competition




For a quarter of a century, Link Age Southwark has been building friendships between older people and volunteers in order to end feelings of loneliness and isolation in their local community. In their 25th birthday year, the charity is launching a creative writing competition to celebrate this milestone.

The competition is open to all UK and Ireland residents, both adults and children. Entries may take the form of either a short story or poem, based on the theme of friendship and/or generations.
Details:

The deadline for entries is 11.59PM on 31st August 2018.
Winners will be notified by 1st October 2018.

Entry to the 18+ category will cost £5. Children’s entries are free.

To enter, please email your submissions to competition@linkagesouthwark.org as a .doc or .docx file. Please include your name and age group in the subject heading, whether your entry is a short story or poem and proof of payment if entering the Adults Category by including the receipt number in the body of your email.

For Adults Category Only – please submit your £5 entry fee here.

MEET THE JUDGES
Prizes:

Prizes for 18+ Category:
• 1st – £200
• 2nd – £150
• 3rd – £100

Prizes for Childrens Categories:
• 1st, 2nd & 3rd – Book vouchers
Criteria:
The theme is friendship and/or generations
Short stories can be between 250-1000 words in length
Poems can be up to 40 lines
The competition is open to UK and Ireland residents only
The adults category is for aged 18+ and the entry fee is £5 per entry.
The children’s category is for aged 11-17. and is free to enter. Children’s entries will be divided into 11-14 and 15-17 age groups.
You may make multiple entries but each requires a payment
Entries must be the writer’s own unique work and unpublished
Save the document as the title of the short story or poem in a .doc or .docx format. No personal details are to be included in the document
Winning entries will be published on the blog. Copyright will remain with the writer
Winners will also be invited to our Annual General Meeting in London if they wish where prizes will be presented. The Charity cannot cover transport or accommodation costs. This is not essential and prizes will of course be sent by post to those unable to attend.
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Monday, 23 July 2018

The RW Short Story Prize





The RW Short Story Prize


Judge: Paul McVeigh



Paul McVeigh’s short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and Hollow was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017. He is associate director of Word Factory, the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story and is co-founder of the London Short Story Festival. His debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. Paul’s work has been translated into seven languages. This year Paul will judge The Edge Hill Short Story Prize and The Dylan Thomas Prize.

https://paulmcveighwriter.com/

Prizes:
1st Prize £400
2nd Prize £250
3rd Prize £150
Shortlisted £20
All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology

Entry Fees:
£10 for 1 story – enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.

Deadline: 28th October 2018

Word Count: 1500 – 5000 (title not included)

Writing a winning story: The best way to discover what kind of stories impress the initial readers and the judges is to read them. The 2016 winning and shortlisted stories have all been published in the anthology, What Was Left, available in paperback and ebook through the button below.

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The anthology of 2017 winners, Impermanent Facts, will be published in September 2018.

Competition Rules
Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included).
Do not include your name on the story document or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. All entries are read anonymously so any submissions showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine).
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible and entry fees will not be refunded
By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology
Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction
You can enter as many times stories as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
The judge’s decision is final.
There will be a launch event for the anthology of winners and cash prizes will be paid on publication of the anthology.
There is no alternative prize.


Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction





Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to host the annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.
Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014) once said of himself (referencing a Sonny Criss sleeve note): ‘I am a jazz writer, which is a full-time creative job’. Dinesh had many other occupations, too – lecturing in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill, running workshops and literacy classes in community centres, schools and prisons, acting as Chair of the National Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for Literature Development, as well as being a long-term director of Comma Press. He was also a DJ, playwright, radio presenter, cricket enthusiast and blogger. Dinesh regularly performed to audiences across the UK, as well as in France, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and Nigeria. His short stories were featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and first collected in A Manner of Speaking (Spike Books, 2004). Scent is the first comprehensive collection of his work, published by Comma Press following his sudden passing in December 2014.

Dinesh was a Founding Board Member of Comma (2007-2012), and a Director of Comma Press since it became a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council in 2012. He also lectured in Creative Writing at UCLan for 8 years and was much-loved by everyone he worked with. Amongst these many other things, first and foremost, he was a writer, and he loved to write short fiction, which he posted regularly on his blog (Real Time Short Stories). His sudden passing in 2014 was a shock to all who knew him, and now Comma in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, have set up this prize, in his name, as part of a lasting legacy of his love of writing short fiction.

The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK, and the story you submit must not have been published anywhere else, online or in print. It is free to submit your entry, but only one per writer please. All entries will be made anonymous upon receipt. Entries will be made anonymous upon receipt and will remain so until after the shortlist has been decided.

The 2018 prize was announced on Tuesday 8th May in Preston. The winning story was 'Bakhur' by Lucas Stewart. More info here about the 2018 prize. You can buy the 2018 prize anthology featuring all 10 shortlisted stories from Amazon Kindle for only 99p.


Entries for the next round (2019) will be on the theme of 'Scent', which is the title of Dinesh's posthumous collected works, and entries will open open 14th May 2018 and close 26th October 2018.

You must submit your story electronically. All entries must include a cover letter which states the author’s name, address, email, contact number, and story title. Any entries sent without this information will not be considered. Please send your story entry and cover letter electronically to commaprizes@gmail.com in the form of a Word Doc.

The shortlist will be chosen with the help of UCLan creative writing students, who will then handover the shortlist to our panel of judges, which includes Dr. Naomi Kruger (novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at UCLan), Zoe Gilbert (award-winning short story writer and author of Folk (Bloomsbury, 2018)), Irenosen Okojie (short story writer, curator and Arts Project Manager) and Andy Murray (writer and Film Editor of Northern Soul).

The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an ebook anthology which will be published by Comma Press and sold online. The winner will also have their story published online by our media partner Northern Soul. The prizegiving ceremony and announcement of the winner will take place in May 2019.

Full terms and conditions:

1. The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2018 is organised by the University of Central Lancashire ("UCLan") and Comma Press.

2. The Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and based in the UK who is not excluded by these Rules. There is no upper age limit for entry.

3. Members of University of Central Lancashire staff (who may also be students) and their spouses are excluded from being eligible to enter.

4. The deadline for electronic entries is 5pm (UK time) on Friday 26th October 2018. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.

5. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length. Titles, blank lines and page numbers are not included in the word count.

6. Entrants may submit one story each.

7. All work submitted for consideration must be on subject with the theme of 'scent', and must be the entrant's own original writing.

8. The story entered should not have appeared in print, online or have been broadcast prior to or be published after entry. Work which has been published on public websites, blogs or social media sites can be submitted, but must be taken down before the date of entry and must not be uploaded again until the writer has been notified whether they have been successful in making the shortlist. Shortlisted writers are asked not to publish their story anywhere as it will be included in the shortlist eBook. Work found to be published in print or to have been broadcast or to have appeared on a website outside of these terms will be disqualified.

9. All work must be submitted electronically by email to commaprizes@gmail.com), and must include a cover letter which states the author’s name, address, email, contact number and story title. Without a cover letter the story will not be eligible. Preferably entries should be typed or word-processed, clearly legible and written in English. Entrants should not include illustrations or artwork. Beyond these stipulations, presentation (e.g. font and spacing) is at the entrant’s discretion.

10. Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant's own original work and has not been published (in line with the above); translations into English of work published (in line with the above) elsewhere in other languages will not be accepted.

11. All entries will be assigned an ID number and made anonymous upon receipt. The readers will not be privy to the entrants’ names while deciding on the long list and the panel of judges will not be privy to entrants' names during the reading and judging process of the shortlist. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the winner and runners-up have been decided.

12. If shortlisted, writers should please do their best to attend the special prizegiving event which will take place in the North West in May 2019 where the winner and highly commended entries will be announced and the eBook launched. The winner will be notified in advance of the ceremony to ensure they are in attendance for the announcement.

13. Electronic entries will only be valid if accompanied by a cover letter containing all the necessary information (see 9).

14. Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the Competition by entrants by notification in writing (by email) to be received by Comma Press.

15. Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted; stories cannot be amended, corrected or substituted. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into. So please proof your work thoroughly!

16. Comma Press and UCLan reserve the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules, or made a false declaration on the entry form.

17. Neither Comma Press nor UCLan will accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.

18. Comma Press and UCLan will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data.

19. The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

20. Comma Press and UCLan reserve the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond their control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the competition web page on commapress.co.uk.



21. Submission of an entry will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Competition's Rules. In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of Comma Press and UCLan shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.



Translate at City summer school

Launched in 2007, our translation imprint publishes the best short fiction from around the world. We have translated collections and single stories from over fifteen languages, including Arabic, Icelandic, Bengali and Spanish, among others. Our international authors include Sema Kaygusuz, Pawel Huelle, Larissa Boehning, Atef Abu Saif, and Iraqi refugee Hassan Blasim, described by the Guardian as perhaps ‘the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive'.

We're delighted to partner with the Translate at City summer school on a new literary translation competition. Summer school participants will be invited to submit a sample translation from Arabic into English, with the best translator being commissioned to translate a single story for a forthcoming Comma anthology. The winner will benefit from editorial support and feedback from an in -house editor, and will see their work appear alongside established literary translators.

The 2016 winner, Emre Bennett, was featured in Iraq + 100 (the first ever anthology of Science fiction from Iraq) and a second winner, Perween Richards, was recently commissioned to translate a Palestinian short story to be published in a 2018 collection.

This is a great opportunity for emerging translators to develop their craft, and to be guided through the publishing process by industry professionals.

You can find out more about submitting to the prize on the Translate at City website, where you can also learn about their summer school programme for emerging translators.

We are sorry that there will be no Translate at City Summer School in 2018, due to the decision to close the Translation Centre at City University of London. Course directors Professor Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz are working on transferring to a new university venue for the next summer school, which is planned for 2019. Watch this space for further announcements. We will post more information as soon as we have it.

Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition





1st Prize: £5,000

Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the March 2019 issue of Mslexia.

Judges: Sunny Singh and Leone Ross
Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 1 October 2018

Our Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its tenth year, now as part of our fabulous Women’s Fiction Awards. Not only will the winning writer get £5,000, they will also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley. In addition, there is the opportunity to spend a week in glorious isolation working on their writing at the stunning Gladstone’s Library, and a day with an editor at Virago – an experience that money can’t buy and one that could really help you take your writing to the next level.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a flash fiction piece, please click here.

All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering.

For any questions about your entry, email competitions@mslexia.co.uk, or call 0191 204 8860.

Each entry fee allows you to submit one short story. If you would like to enter more than one story, please ensure you select the correct number of entries below.

COMPETITION RULES

FAQs

Enter Competition

Saturday, 21 July 2018

The END OF OUR WORLD SHORT STORY CONTEST



The rules are as follows:
This writing contest (or writing competition) opened for entries on June 1, 2018 and will close on August 31, 2018 at midnight.
There is no entry fee.
It is open to anyone, from any country, of any age.
Winners will be announced early October 2018.
The story should be in digital form, Microsoft Word or PDF.
Each contestant may enter only one story.
Formatting in accordance with common practice; see the internet, for instance:
William Shunn
Scribophile
Preferred word count between 1500 and 5000 words. The better the story, the greater the margin may be, within reason.
The winners will be published in the first official edition of this magazine, planned for October 2018.
Stories outside the top 3 may still be published at our usual flat fee of US$25.
We buy non-exclusive, one-time rights for online publication during a period of 6 months, with an option to repeat this for our usual fee of US$25.
Simultaneous submissions are fine.
Publications elsewhere are not a problem either.
Stories are to be uploaded by filling out the form below. If for some weird reason it does not work, you can send it as an attachment by email, by clicking here


P.S.
As a special courtesy to any talented Dutch writers we offer them the possibility of submitting their stories in Dutch. If they end up in the top 3, we shall have them translated, free of charge. (Nederlandse schrijvers kunnen hun verhalen in hun moedertaal inzenden. Als ze in de top 3 eindigen, zorgen wij voor de vertaling, gratis.)



Friday, 20 July 2018

Black & Write Compilation Competition





Competition


From 01 May to 21 October 2018
we are accepting entries to our
Black & Write
Compilation Competition


Must be Ibiza themed, any genre, any age, any experience.
Short Stories, no more than 2,500 words
Poems, no more than 25 lines
Art, send us a pic
Photography, B&W only please

Cost €12, with all the IQ Membership benefits!

Our Panel of Experts are looking forward to seeing the entries.

Prizes €100, €50 and €25, Nibs, Goodie Baskets, exposure!


New prize for debut novelists over 60

British writer Paul Torday (1946-2013) published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen aged 60. The Torday family have set up the n...