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.

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


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, 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.

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 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.


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

Prizes for Childrens Categories:
• 1st, 2nd & 3rd – Book vouchers
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.

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...