Friday, 12 October 2018

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize

The 2019 prize will open for entries from October 12th to December 12th 2018.

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its sixth year, the Prize is sponsored by Brunel University London and supported by the African Poetry Book Fund

British-Nigerian writer, Bernardine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, initiated the award in 2012 in order to revitalise African poetry, which at that time was almost invisible on the literary landscape. The Prize planned to draw attention to this poetry and to encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence.

The Prize works closely with the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and since its inception, most of the poets who have been nominated and/or won this award have published chapbooks with the African Poetry Book Fund series of ‘New Generation Chapbook Box Sets’.

The Prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. It is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have already been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.

For press, media and other professional enquiries only, contact Bernardine Evaristo at (For the submission email address see Rules.)

Thursday, 11 October 2018



The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.

The shortlist will be announced in March 2019 and the four shortlisted poems will feature in the spring issue of The Moth.

The winners will be invited to a special prizegiving event at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2019.

Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection).

Read about last year’s winner, Natalya Anderson, in the Irish Times.


The entry fee is €15 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.

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

Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Flash 500 Novel Opening and Synopsis

Welcome to the sixth year of our Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition!

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Books? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

This is an annual competition: entries close on 31st October 2018.

Entry fee: £10/€13

Optional Critique of Chapter and Synopsis: £25/€32.50

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £500

Runner up: £200


Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the

Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition Entry Page

Wundor Editions: Poetry Contest 2018

At Wundor, our aim is to champion adventurous writing in all its forms. There is no specific theme for our 2018 poetry contest, other than that we are looking to be surprised. Whatever approach you take to your writing, now is the time to enter your boldest and most imaginative work, to impress us and to stand out among the rest. We encourage entrants to approach this contest in innovative and interesting ways.

The prize is £500. The winner and two runners-up will have their poems published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, too.

The deadline is 30 November 2018 and winners will be announced by the end of the year.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Contest Details

The winner will receive £500.

The winner and two runners up will have their poems published on the Wundor website.

The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 or over.

Contestants may make as many entries as they would like. The entrance fee is £5 for one poem or £10 for six poems.

Poems may be of any length.

Contest Rules

Entries must be entirely your own work.

Entrants must own the copyright to their work and we must be able to publish it on our website. The poem must not have been published elsewhere.

Online submissions only. All submissions are to be made through our Submittable portal. Email and postal submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions are final and no changes can be made once they have been submitted.

Entries will be judged by the Wundor Editorial team.

Any entries found to be in violation of submission rules will be disqualified.

Entrance fees will not be refunded.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Please Support Palestinian Artists By Buying This Book

Palestinian author Ahmed Miqdad and co-Author Balqis MZ, delivers his fourth book (a short novel) about living under occupation in Gaza, Palestine. Falastin is the story of two lovers and different stages of their lives such as birth, invasion, massacres, separation, marriage, smuggling sperm from the prison to their ultimate death. This is book can be bought  BUY THIS BOOK HERE!.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

My Aunt Gold Teeth - V. S. Naipaul

A short Story -  My Aunt Gold Teeth -V. S. Naipaul

Metatron Prize for Rising Authors

Get your manuscripts ready! Our annual writing prize is offically back and open for submissions! We’re looking for brave, cutting-edge and spirited collections of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and hybrid literature that marches to its own drum for this year's METATRON PRIZE FOR RISING AUTHORS. This year, we are ecstatic to announce our Guest Judges are CACONRAD and ANNE BOYER!



The winning manuscript of this year’s Metatron Prize will be awarded $500, a contract to be published with Metatron in 2019, a Metatron book bundle, and book blurbs from our guest judges. We've also added second and third place prizes this year  In addition, all twelve (12) longlisted pieces will be considered for publication, receive a feature in a special Metatron Prize issue of ÄLPHÄ and author promotion on our social media platforms.

The Metatron Prize was founded in 2015 and has contributed to three fantastic debut collections: number one earth by jasper avery (October 2018), SOFT FOCUS by Sarah Jean Grimm and PONY CASTLE by Sofia Banzhaf. We’ve also published an array of titles that have come to us as through reading for the prize.

Submissions are open from JULY 16TH, 2018 to SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018.


1. SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT & PAY YOUR READING FEE | All manuscripts and Reading Fees must be submitted and processed via SUBMITTABLE. Specific details for submissions can be found there.

Short Story September kicks off this weekend

A new campaign to get everyone writing short stories launches this weekend (September 1st, 2018)

Short Story September is a month-long initiative set up by independent press, Dahlia Publishing. The aim of the project is to celebrate the short story form as well as raise the profile of British short story writers.

Writers can follow the campaign via a dedicated blog which will inspire writers through daily prompts and a showcase of writing by authors with published collections. Authors featured during the campaign include BBC National Short Story Award Winner, Sarah Hall, Edge-Hill shortlisted, Leone Ross and rising stars, such as CG Menon.

There is also the chance to win some fantastic prizes in a weekly competition supported by generous partners including The Word Factory, Bristol Short Story Prize and Comma Press.

Writers are invited to sign up on the website and join the conversation on Twitter @dahliabooks using the hashtag #ShortStorySept

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2018 - 10 Days To Go

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature is in its 15th year in 2018, having been set up in 2003 by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire, John Richards OBE, DL. It is open to writers who were born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. The 2018 competition will be for short stories, and is now open.

Details of how to enter can be found Below.

2017 prize winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Cheshire Prize for Literature, who were awarded their prizes at the awards evening with guest speakers Rod Hunt MBE and Alex Brychta MBE.

The winners of the 2017 High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature were as follows:

The first prize of £2,000 was presented to Laura Bridge for her story 'The Crate'.

Two entrants were Highly Commended by judges, receiving £250:

Eric Twist, 'The Exploding Artichoke'

Elizabeth Iddon, 'The Fall of Sycamore'

Two further entrants were Commended by judges, receiving £125:

Sharon Forsdyke, 'Saved by an Elephant'

Elizabeth Harris, 'The Spy Left Out in the Cold'


The 2018 Cheshire Prize for Literature is for an original and previously unpublished short story. The word limit for entry is 1,500 words. The entry must be all the author's own work; otherwise entry is open in terms of subject and content.

The Competition is open to residents of Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral and Halton including those who have ever lived, worked or studied in the area.

The first prize is £2,000 and there are runners' up prizes of £750 which are awarded at the judges' discretion.

Rules and Conditions

Full terms and conditions can be viewed here below are an abbreviated version.

1. The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in the historical or modern county of Cheshire. For the purposes of the Prize, Cheshire is deemed to include the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton. Documentary evidence of eligibility may be required.

2. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1st September 2018.

3. Entries must be received by 1st September 2018. Three typed, (non-returnable) copies of the entry should be sent to: The Cheshire Prize for Literature, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ. The writer’s name should not feature on the entry itself. A covering letter should include the writer’s name and address, telephone number and/or email address, and the title of the entry submitted. Alternatively, email entries can be sent to, the entry must be attached as a Word document with a separate Word document attached containing a covering letter. There is no charge for entering the competition. Entrants may submit only one entry. Entrants from outside the county must state the reason for their eligibility.

4. Entries will be judged anonymously, by a panel chaired by William Stephenson, from the Department of English at the University of Chester. The decision of the judging panel will be final. No correspondence can be entered into concerning individual entries.

6. By entering the competition the writer consents to their work being published in the anthology of winning and shortlisted entries the following year; we ask that if a piece is invited to be a part of the anthology, that it is not published or entered into any other competitions prior to the publication of the anthology, normally in the summer of the year following the competition. In addition, you should refer to the fact that it was first published in the anthology and give the relevant bibliographic details.

Enquiries about eligibility, or requests for further information, should be directed to:

The Cheshire Prize for Literature,
University of Chester
Parkgate Road,
Tel: 01244 511344


If you would like to be added to the mailing list for The Cheshire Prize for Literature, please email us

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.

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize

The 2019 prize will open for entries from October 12th to December 12th 2018. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a maj...