Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Short Fiction Prize 2017

N O W  O P E N  F O R   E N T R I E S.

.F I R S T P R I Z E £500 + publication

S E C O N D P R I Z E £100 + publication

T H I R D P R I Z E Place on our masterclass

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Please read our competition rules carefully before entering.



£7 per story

Email entries to submissions@shortfictionjournal.co.uk

Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition


1st Prize: £2,000


Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone’s 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 June issue of Mslexia.

Judge: Deborah Levy
Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 20 March 2017

COMPETITION RULES

FAQs

All genres welcome.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

For any questions about your entry, email shortstory@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.
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Caterpillar Poetry Prize

THE COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN



We're back! And we're looking for new poems to delight and inspire young readers of The Caterpillar. If you've written a poem you think would appeal to 7–11-year olds, then why not enter this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize? The poem can be on any subject, and there's no line limit.

We are very excited to have the incomparable John Hegley – poet, musician and comedian – to judge this year's prize! John has published several collections of poems, including a volume for children called My Dog is a Carrot. He also co-edited an anthology of poetry for young people called The Ropes: Poems To Hold On To. He’s a regular at Edinburgh Festival and on BBC Radio 4. His most recent collections are Peace, Love and PotatoesNew & Selected Potatoes and I am a Poetato.
The winning poem will feature in the summer 2017 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
Last year's winner, Laura Mucha, had this to say about the prize: ‘I love writing poetry for children, and believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young people interested in language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’
Read Laura's poem 'Dear Ugly Sisters' in the Irish Times.

Listen to Laura read 'Dear Ugly Sisters'.




HOW TO ENTER

The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The entry fee is €12 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 Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland. 

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

CLOSING DATE 31 MARCH 2017
Call 00 353 (0)49 9522995 or email enquiries@thecaterpillarmagazine.com for more details.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

FRANK MC COURT MEMOIR PRIZE


The Frank McCourt Memoir Prize 



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We are grateful to you for your interest in and support of The Southampton Review. Subscription and donation information is available on our website.


Fiction: We accept short stories and novel excerpts. No longer than 7,500 words.

Poetry: No more than five poems per submission, please.

Nonfiction: Our pages feature memoirs, personal essays and craft lectures. No longer than 7,500 words.

Play and screenplay: Submissions should follow industry standards.
A format guide for plays can be found at:
http://www.samuelfrench.com/content/files/upload/General%20SFI%20Formatting%20Guidelines%20Complete....
An example of screenplay formatting can be found at:
http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Formatting/formatting.html


Art: We publish a wide variety of art, including fine art, photography, cartoons and illustrations. Artwork should conform to the following specifications: Raster based images (photos/scans) must be 300dpi at 7" wide at least (larger is OK). All files should be in CMYK color mode.

Your cover letter should include your name, telephone number, address and email address. (Ever been an employee of CUNY or SUNY? If so, please note this fact in your cover letter.)


Regarding usage and spelling, consult The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage; Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition; Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

The Southampton Review retains the right to reproduce accepted work in TSR’s electronic, print and website publications, and, in the original format, as part of an anthology or compilation. We also retain the right to authorize third parties to reprint TSR materials in databases, or to reproduce the work.The Frank McCourt Memoir Prize contest will be open for submission from February 15 to March 15.

We are grateful to you for your interest in and support of The Southampton Review. Subscription and donation information is available on our website.


Fiction: We accept short stories and novel excerpts. No longer than 7,500 words.

Poetry: No more than five poems per submission, please.

Nonfiction: Our pages feature memoirs, personal essays and craft lectures. No longer than 7,500 words.

Play and screenplay: Submissions should follow industry standards.
A format guide for plays can be found at:
http://www.samuelfrench.com/content/files/upload/General%20SFI%20Formatting%20Guidelines%20Complete....
An example of screenplay formatting can be found at:
http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Formatting/formatting.html


Art: We publish a wide variety of art, including fine art, photography, cartoons and illustrations. Artwork should conform to the following specifications: Raster based images (photos/scans) must be 300dpi at 7" wide at least (larger is OK). All files should be in CMYK color mode.

Your cover letter should include your name, telephone number, address and email address. (Ever been an employee of CUNY or SUNY? If so, please note this fact in your cover letter.)


Regarding usage and spelling, consult The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage; Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition; Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

The Southampton Review retains the right to reproduce accepted work in TSR’s electronic, print and website publications, and, in the original format, as part of an anthology or compilation. We also retain the right to authorize third parties to reprint TSR materials in databases, or to reproduce the work.


ENTER HERE


Saturday, 25 February 2017

IN HONOR OF THE LEGACY OF JACK KEROUAC


KEROUAC PROJECT RESIDENCY APPLICATION



The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident—a Welcome Potluck dinner, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.


Applications for 2017-2018 residencies are due by Sunday, March 12, 2017. Results are announced in late May.

MORE INFO

Friday, 24 February 2017

Windsor Fringe - Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing


Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing


Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays in English for the Kenneth Branagh Award. Three winning scripts will be selected for performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2017.

One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged on the writing only.

Submission deadline March 5th 2017

Eligibility

Only amateur playwrights are eligible and only one script per author will be accepted. Each script must be an original work and not have been previously published or performed.

Criteria

Each play must be no more than 30 minutes long, have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre.

Submission guidelines

So that each script may be judged anonymously, the author’s name must appear on the cover page only, not in the script. Writers should submit two copies of their plays, printed on one side only of A4 paper with no binding or stapling. Pages must be numbered. No submissions will be accepted by email; and no scripts will be returned. The cover page must show the name of the play and the author’s name, contact details and signature

Selection process

Scripts will be evaluated by readers and the final nine short listed by our two judges (names to be confirmed.) The three winning writers will be notified by the middle of June 2017. Results of the competition will be announced through the media, the Windsor Fringe web//Twitter/ Facebook sites and the winner of the £500 award will be announced after the last night performance..

For additional information telephone: 07858 132941 or e-mail: dramaproductionteam@gmail.com

For further infomation visit the Windsor Fringe website

CALL FOR POETS AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS FOR GLASTONBURY 2017

Once again, Poetry&Words are opening our floodgates to a delicious deluge of poets from far and wide. Every year we take applications to perform on Glastonbury Festival’s poetry stage, and every year we are awestruck by the hundreds of amazing wordsmiths out there.

Last year we hosted an abundance of talent from international stars Buddy Wakefield and Tanya Evanson, to home grown greats John Hegley and Murray Lachlan Young. If you’d like to walk in their footsteps, then this is your chance! We’re looking for applications from experienced writers and performers, with something quite excellent to offer the audience of the world’s biggest greenfield arts festival.

If you want to apply, please e-mail poetryandwords@hotmail.co.uk with a short bio and 1-3 video and/or audio files of you performing your work, preferably to a live audience. We’d prefer web links, but attachments (of manageable size!) will also be accepted. We will only view one application per person. Further applications will be ignored, so send us your best stuff first time around!

Don’t send Word files of your poems or links to your books, however good they are, as we need to be able to judge the performance element as well. We do pay a fee, but this is only small, and overseas poets in particular should note that we are unable to provide travel expenses. Guest tickets are also beyond our power, but booked poets will receive a ticket for themselves as well as a camping pitch backstage of the Poetry&Words tent.

The deadline for applications is, strictly, 5pm on Friday 3rd March 2017. We regret that we cannot view any applications received after this time, so please make a note of the deadline and make sure you submit as much in advance as possible. Don’t miss your chance!

We hope that you’ll understand that, given the humongous number of applications we receive every year, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback or advice, or to let every applicant know how they’ve done. Successful artists should hear back from us by two months after the deadline.

You can also find us at:

facebook.com/GlastonburyFestivalPoetry 

youtube.com/user/PoetryandWords


poetryandwordsblog.wordpress.com/


twitter.com/GlastonburyPoet 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2017

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2017



An annual competition open to published poets, un-published poets, spoken word poets and students. Applications are now open for the 2017 competition, and this year's theme is "Before the Storm".

Ireland is renowned for its literary and cultural heritage, as well as for its generosity in supporting those in need around the world. Trócaire and Poetry Ireland's annual poetry competition brings these two elements together in a creative way, using the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This competition is unique, because poets are invited to explore a different global development theme each year. The competition is also free to enter.
2017 Competition: "Before the Storm"

The theme of this year's competition is "Before the Storm", exploring how people prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America, with approximately one million households living below the poverty line.

It is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and was the worst-affected country in the world from 1993 to 2014.

During this period of time, at least 65 extreme weather events affected Honduras, including six of the 12 strongest hurricanes of the 20th century.

In October 1998, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths, devastation of the country’s infrastructure and drinking water network, and extensive crop losses.

Working with Trócaire, some of the most vulnerable communities in Honduras are taking action to ensure that they can fight back against the effects of climate change... this is called 'Disaster Risk Reduction', or DRR.

It means making a plan to prepare for the next extreme weather event, to ensure the least amount of damage possible. DRR is what you do to get ready... "before the storm".



Watch this video from Honduras for more information about how people are preparing for the coming extreme weather events. 

Categories

The Trócaire and Poetry Ireland competition is open to young people and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers. Poems in English or Irish, written or spoken word, are welcome in all six categories:

ADULT

Published poets
Unpublished poets

POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Junior: 1st-3rd year
Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate

PRIMARY SHOOLS
Junior: 3rd/4th Class
Senior: 5th/6th Class
Competition calendar

Entries open: Friday 20 January 2017
Deadline for applications: Friday 17 March 2017
Winners notified: No later than 8 May 2017
Awards Ceremony: Late May 2017, National Library of Ireland
Judges

Entries for the 2017 competition will judged by poet and former competition-winner Jane Clarke, Aidan Clifford, former Director of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board's Curriculum Development Unit, and Trócaire's Trish Groves.
Education and youth arts

Exploring global justice through art forms such as poetry, performance, music and painting is a fun and creative way to engage young people in complex issues. The competition also connects to the formal schools’ curriculum across many subjects, including Geography and English.
Prizes

ADULT CATEGORIES (PUBLISHED and UNPUBLISHED)

Winners: Two-week stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig OR a Tablet OR time in a recording studio to the value of €300 (for spoken word poets), plus subscription to Poetry Ireland Review for one year OR assessment of work through Poetry Ireland's Critical Assessment Service.

Runners-up: Tickets to a literary festival to the value of €250, plus subscription to Poetry Ireland Review for one year OR assessment of work through Poetry Ireland's Critical Assessment Service.

Highly commended: Book Token, plus subscription to Poetry Ireland Review for one year OR assessment of work through Poetry Ireland's Critical Assessment Service.

POST-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY CATEGORIES

Winners: Kindle Fire plus visit by an author to your school

Runners-up: Book token plus visit by an author to your school

Highly Commended: Book token

The winning poems are also published in booklet form, and distributed to arts festivals and community events, and through schools and poetry readings. Winners and runners up are invited to read at our lunchtime awards ceremony at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin, and many past winners have gone on to read at events around Ireland, including Culture Night and the Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire. Winning poems will be considered for publication by the editor of Poetry Ireland Review.
How to Enter

Both postal and online applications are accepted.

Apply online by Friday 17 March 2017

» Go to online application form

Download an application form and post to:


Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition
Poetry Ireland
11 Parnell Square
Dublin 1


» Download application form

» Please read the competition rules before entering

» Read the work of 2016's winning poets


» Read the work of 2015's winning poets


» Read the work of 2014's winning poets

For updates about the competition, please visit us on our Facebook page: 


www.facebook.com/poetryireland.eigseeireann and www.facebook.com/trocaireireland


or follow us on Twitter: @PoetryIreland and @trocaire.






Tuesday, 21 February 2017

21st Century Tiger Gold Award and Poetry Day Ireland Competition



Fota Wildlife Park earns a 21st Century Tiger Gold Award for fundraising




To date, Fota Wildlife Park has raised over €27,000 for wild tiger conservation, which has earned the Park a Gold Award from 21st Century Tiger. 21st Century Tiger is a unique wild tiger conservation initiative between Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and the Zoological Society of London.


Fota Wildlife Park is home to three Sumatran Tigers, the most endangered for all the subspecies of tigers, whose rapid population decline has been driven by poaching and by clearances of habitat for agriculture.


The Sumatran tiger is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was classified as critically endangered by IUCN in 2008 as the population was estimated at 441 to 679 individuals. Fota Wildlife Park is sponsoring the 21st Century Tiger poaching prevention programme in Sumatra as part of their ongoing contribution to wild tiger conservation.


Poetry Day Ireland and Fota Wildlife Park Launch Poetry Trail Competition 2017


Budding young poets, how would you like to see your poem in print, or win a trip to the amazing Fota Wildlife Park for your school group?


Poetry Ireland and Fota Wildlife Park are offering children aged 5-12 a chance to win a trip to Fota Wildlife Park for their entire class, on Poetry Day Ireland, 27 April 2017. Winning poems will also appear on a special poetry trail map, which visitors to Fota can enjoy from the start of the Easter Holidays until 27 April.


Great prizes


See your poem in print! Four winning poems will be selected to appear alongside poems by famous poets on a special Poetry Trail Map of animal-themed poetry around Fota Wildlife Park. The trail map will be available to all visitors to Fota from 8 – 27 April 2017. The winning poet will win entry passes* for their class group to Fota Wildlife Park on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 27 April. The visit will also include an animal-themed poetry workshop.


How do I enter?

Entering the competition is easy. Just pick any species of animal, plant or tree that is under conservation at Fota Wildlife Park and write a poem about it! Competition entries will be judged in two categories: Junior Category for Junior Infants – 2nd Class, and Senior Category for 3rd Class – 6th Class.

For full details and to enter click here.

*Terms and Conditions apply

CLOSING DATE: THURSDAY 16 MARCH 2017, 5pm

Troubadour international poetry prize 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,
spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets &
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)

judges

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

rules

Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on 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: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal on website (account not required) 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 info@coffeehousepoetry.org; 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, 15 February 2017

THE BRIDPORT PRIZE


enter online

Here you can enter your submissions online using either the WorldPay or PayPal payment systems. You will need a credit or debit card to do this.

Before you upload your entries make sure you have read the entry instructions and agree the rules of participation – failure to comply may result in disqualification.

You will be able to upload your entries when you go to the checkout. Allowed file types are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt. Maximum allowed file size is 2Mb. Unfortunately, our system is not yet compatible with tablets and smart phones.

PLEASE NOTE! The title of your short story, poem or flash fiction MUST also be the file name of your uploaded document.

For example using file names such as (but the doc type suffix are accepted)

poem1.doc

bridportprizepoem.rtf

shortstory.pdf

bridportflashfiction.docx

is NOT acceptable.

If your entry is untitled, please use the first line as the file name



MORE INFO HERE 



You can enter as many times, in any category, as you wish. You may only win one prize in each category.

Once payment has been received you will receive email acknowledgements from both the payment provider and Bridport Prize.



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Manchester Writing Competition 2017



The 2017 Manchester Writing Competition will be open to entries in February 2017. To be notified when the competition launches, please join the Manchester Writing School mailing list or follow us on Twitter @McrWritingSchl.



> The Manchester Poetry Prize - £10,000*

> The Manchester Fiction Prize - £10,000*

* Terms and conditions apply – see the pages for each Prize for full details.



About the Manchester Writing Competition


The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £135,000 to its winners. These are the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished writing.




Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, from 2013, both will be running every year, with £10,000* awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000* to the writer of the best short story.




To find out more about our courses, events and competitions visit the Manchester Writing School website or contact writingschool@mmu.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 247 1787/1797.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Fish Flash Fiction Prize



Flash Fiction Contest: €1,000

Ten Flash Stories from the contest will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology.

Closes: 28 Feb 2017




Judge: Chris Stewart (author of best-selling Driving Over Lemons) will choose 10 submissions for inclusion in the 2017 Fish Anthology, which will be launched at West Cork Literary Festival in July.

2nd Prize: Online Writing Course with Fish.

Word limit: 300

Details & Entry Fees Straight to Enter Contest

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