Thursday, 5 October 2017

North West Words 2017 English and Irish language adult poetry competitions

North West Words has launched two 2017 English and Irish language adult poetry competitions sponsored by Aurivo and Ealaín na Gaeltachta.

The 2017 English poetry competition is now in its sixth year and is open to original and previously unpublished poems in English. The prize is €250 and a perpetual cup also donated by Aurivo. The English poetry competition will be judged by poet Kate Newmann from Summer Palace Press.

This year, we again have a second Irish language poetry competition. North West Words believes it is important to recognise the wealth of contemporary Irish language poetry in the country. The group, partnered with Ealaín na Gaeltachta (the body responsible for the development of the Arts in the Gaeltacht regions), have combined for a third year to develop an Irish language competition that champions new poetry written in Irish. The competition will have the same format as its English language counterpart with a prize of €250 to be awarded to the entrant who composes the best poem as Gaeilge. The winner will also receive a perpetual trophy sponsored by Aurivo, and it is judged by poet Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird.

North West Words is a non-profit organisation run on voluntary effort. The competition fee of €5 per entry (for up to three poems) goes towards the administrative costs of the competition. Deadlines for entry are 3oth November 2017 for poems in English, and 31st December 2017 for poems in Irish. Payment may be made via Paypal (see below) or by Cheque, Postal Order, Money Order (by post to the address in the rules document)

Download the rules document here in English and in Irish

Entry is €5.00

Payment by Paypal, please click on the link below.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Judge: ZZ Packer

Entries for the Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction should be a single prose work not exceeding 7,500 words. Entrants may submit more than once, but each new entry must be accompanied by a separate $20 entry fee.

Contest Guidelines:

- Open to writers who haven’t yet published a full-length book, and who have no book forthcoming before May 1, 2018. Writers with chapbooks are allowed.
- All work will be considered for inclusion in the print journal.
- Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
- The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in your uploaded document.
- Submit your double-spaced work as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
- Close friends of the judge, as well as anyone recently affiliated with the University of Arkansas, which includes those who have studied or worked there within the past 4 years, are ineligible.
- $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Arkansas International (free to current subscribers).

- Online submissions accepted via The Arkansas International's Submittable.


ZZ Packer’s collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere was published in 2003. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker (where she was launched as a debut writer), Harper’s, and Story, have been published in The Best American Short Stories, and have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Packer is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A graduate of Yale, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Writing Seminar at Johns Hopkins University, she has also been a Wallace Stegner-Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University.



The WNDB™ Mentorship Program is excited to be moving into its third year! Read about the first two years here and here.

For the 2018 year, we are offering mentorships to ten upcoming voices—eight aspiring authors (or author/illustrators) and two illustrators—who are diverse or working on diverse books. This is an opportunity to be matched with an experienced children’s book creator and receive individual support and feedback on a work-in-progress. We are open for applications during October 1-31, 2017.

What: WNDB™ is offering ten mentorships, two in each of the following categories – Picture Book Text (PB), Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), Nonfiction (NF), and Illustration (IL). The winners will communicate with the mentor for approximately one year in a mentor/mentee custom-defined program. This mentorship period will run from late January 2018 to December 15, 2018. Click here to read the press release announcing the mentorship program.

The 2018 mentors for this program are Alex Gino (MG), Angela Cervantes (MG), Sara Ryan (YA), An Na (YA),  Jason Chin (NF), Yolanda Scott (NF), Gwendolyn Hooks (PB), and Jim Averbeck (PB). In addition, Cecilia Yung, Laurent Linn, Patti Ann Harris, and Pat Cummings will serve as a mentor team to two illustrators. Click here to learn more about all of these mentors.

Eligibility: These mentorships are available to diverse writers or any writers or illustrators who submit a manuscript for children or teens featuring a diverse main character or diverse central subject matter. (See the WNDB™ mission statement page for our inclusive definition of “diverse”). Applicants may only apply for one of the five mentorship categories, so it is up to the applicants to research the available mentors and decide which category will be most suitable for their work. Applicants who do not comply with submission rules will be disqualified. Previous recipients of a WNDB™ Mentorship may not apply.

Judges’ Criteria: The first-round judges will select a pool of final applicants based on merit. Mentors will select their mentee based on merit, compatibility, and readiness/need for the mentorship as outlined in their essay. Applicants who do not comply with submission rules will be disqualified.

Cost: Free

Submission Period: October 1–October 31, 2017, only

Submission Guidelines:

Failure to comply with any of the submission rules results in disqualification. Please read the guidelines in their entirety.

To apply for the WNDB™ Mentorship Program, submit the following list of items via email to A panel of judges will select a pool of final applicants based on merit. The mentors will choose the mentee with whom they will work. All applicants will be notified of mentors’ decisions via email in January 2018. Due to an overwhelming number of applicants, we are not able to provide feedback or critique on submitted manuscripts.

To apply, please send an email and attachment according to the instructions below:

In the body of your email, please include the following items:
An autobiographical statement with how you identify as diverse (if at all) and your career summary (250 words or less).
A statement on how you or your work will bring forward an underrepresented voice or viewpoint (250 words or less).
The title, genre, intended age, and very brief pitch of your attached manuscript (100 words or fewer). For illustrators or nonfiction author/illustrators – a link to your online portfolio that showcases your children’s illustration.
Contact information (name, address, email address, telephone number)
Attached as a document (.doc or .pdf), please send an unpublished work sample:
For Middle-Grade (MG) & Young Adult (YA) fiction applicants – send the first 10 pages of one novel plus a one-page synopsis, in the same document file. (Do not attach them as separate files, please). Please do not include your name on the manuscript (see formatting guidelines below).
For Picture Book text applicants (PB) – send ONE entire picture book manuscript of fiction, if less than 2000 words. (If more than 2000 words, please only send the first 2000 words of your picture book text.) Do not send any image files or insert images into your manuscript. If your picture book is a work of nonfiction/creative nonfiction, please follow these guidelines but submit it for the NF category. Only fiction will be read for this category. Please do not include your name on the manuscript (see formatting guidelines below).
For Illustrators and author/illustrators of fiction (IL) – send one PDF file containing 3-5 of your best illustrations (images may be on separate pages, but all in one file please). Images may be standalone or part of a book dummy with text/captions. Total file size may not exceed 15MB (we recommend 72 dpi for quick online viewing).
For nonfiction (NF) submissions, follow the picture book guidelines if your manuscript is a nonfiction picture book, OR follow the MG / YA guidelines if your nonfiction manuscript is a longer book-length work geared for ages 10+. A one-page outline is acceptable instead of a novel synopsis, but please include it within your one manuscript/document attachment. If you are an author/illustrator who intends to illustrate the particular manuscript submitted for the nonfiction mentorship application, you may submit the manuscript as a dummy low-res PDF or include a link to your portfolio samples online. Both of our nonfiction mentors this year are qualified to give feedback on both text and art. Please do not include your name on the manuscript or dummy (see formatting guidelines below).
Manuscript formatting guidelines:

Text should be typed, double-spaced, and have one-inch margins. Use standard paper/page-setup size (vertical 8.5 x 11”) orientation with 12-point Times Roman or Arial font. Page header should include title of manuscript, genre/category, and page number only. The manuscripts should not contain any personal identifying information (please remove names/contact info from manuscript file). Acceptable formats are .pdf and .doc/.docx (for text) and .pdf only (for image files or dummy files).
***When sending your application***

Please paste the essay/informational requirements (Number 1) in the body of the email and attach the manuscript or image file (Number 2). Send email addressed to WNDB Mentorship Team at

Email Subject line MUST be formatted as: Application for [Category Code] Mentorship

Example: Application for PB Mentorship

The category codes are: Picture Book (PB), Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), Nonfiction (NF), and Illustrator/Author-Illustrator (IL).

Documents should only be sent as .doc, .docx or as .pdf file attachments as outlined in the guidelines. Do not send more than one attachment—please include a synopsis or outline, if requested, within your manuscript file.

Submissions must not be received before 12:01 a.m. (US Eastern time zone) on October 1, 2017, and must be received by 11:59 p.m. (US Eastern time zone) on October 31, 2017.

If you have questions, please check our Mentorship FAQ (below) before contacting us. We will continue to update the FAQ section below as new questions/answers arise. Questions not addressed here in the submission guidelines or in the additional FAQ section can be asked through sending an email to Please do NOT put the word ‘Application’ in the subject heading when sending a question only, or your message may not reach the regular inbox in time to be answered.


WNDB Mentorship Program FAQ:

Q: What are the deadlines?

A: Your submission must be received between 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2017, and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2017, (US Eastern time zone). Entries received before or after the application window will be disqualified and deleted.

Q: Can I apply if I live outside of the United States?

A: Yes! As long as you and your application items meet the other eligibility requirements, there’s no restriction. Please note that all submissions must, however, be written in English, and all applicants must be able to communicate easily in English. (Your manuscript may certainly contain words in other languages, but the primary narrative must be English.)

Q: How are applications being evaluated?

A: A group of first-round judges will read through all applications submitted and select a pool of finalists based on eligibility and the overall quality of the materials received. Mentors will review the application packages for the finalists in their category and select a mentee based on merit, compatibility, and readiness/need for the mentorship as demonstrated in their manuscript and essays.

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: There is not an age limit on applying, however, readiness for a professional mentorship and compatibility with a particular mentor are both consideration criteria. Applicants should display a certain level of maturity, commitment, and practice at their craft. Those who apply need to have completed at least one full book draft, a synopsis, and have a career biographical statement ready at the time of submission or they will be disqualified.

Q: Can I apply for more than one mentorship?

A: No, you may apply for only one of the five mentorship categories. If multiple applications are submitted by a single applicant, all submissions will be disqualified. Please think carefully about which mentors and/or category is most suitable for your work before submitting your application. If you have applied in the past but were not selected for the program, you are welcome to reapply with the same work or a different work. Past winning mentee participants are not eligible to apply.

Q: I’m not a diverse author, but I’m working on a diverse book. Am I eligible?

A: Yes. Mentorships are available to diverse writers or illustrators OR any writers or illustrators who submit a manuscript for children or teens featuring a diverse main character or diverse central subject matter. (See the WNDB™ mission statement page for our inclusive definition of “diverse”).

Q: Do I need to have a finished manuscript at the time of entry?

A: Yes. An entire draft of the book should be complete by the time of submission even though applicants send only the first 10 pages. (We also recognize that you may consider it still as a rough draft, or a work-in-progress to be revised, but it should be a completed draft.) Applicants also have to include a synopsis of the full story (which can’t accurately be written until after a full draft is complete). Our Mentors are giving generously of their time, and to honor their commitment they will be paired with writers who have put in the work necessary to demonstrate readiness for such an award.  If you are writing a book-length work of YA Nonfiction (NF), have enough to complete the application requirements, and feel you’re far enough along with the project that the mentorship would help you, you may apply with several sample chapters and an outline. You should clearly address your project’s status in your email body to ensure the potential nonfiction mentor understands that the manuscript is unfinished.

Q: I’m a picture book author. May I submit more than one manuscript?

A: No. Please choose what you think is your best eligible work (up to 2000 words). The first-round judges will select a pool of final applicants based on merit, and mentors will select a mentee from that pool based on merit, compatibility, and readiness/need for the mentorship as outlined in the essays. Remember that you must be a diverse writer or submit a manuscript about a diverse main character or topic. Please remember that this year, all works of nonfiction should be submitted to the NF category—which includes most memoirs, biographies, and educational/library market titles.

Anyone (in any category) who submits more than one application or manuscript will be disqualified.

Q: How often will I talk with my mentor?

A: The logistics and frequency of communication will be mutually agreed upon by you and your mentor after the selection process. Because we have chosen an award-winning lineup of authors who are active in the industry, there will need to be flexibility on both the part of mentors and mentees, which is why the details of each mentorship will be individualized after being awarded. Most or all of the communication will be done through email or other mutually agreed upon forms of correspondence.

Q: How much work is the mentorship going to be?

A: The schedule and agenda of the mentorship will be mutually agreed upon by you and your mentor after the selection process, but you will only get out of it what you are willing to put into it. Please don’t apply if you can’t fully commit to the opportunity or if your schedule does not allow some flexibility.

Q: Is the mentorship a guarantee that I’ll get published?

A: No, of course not. The mentorship is an opportunity to work with a well-published member of our community, from whom you will receive individual support and feedback on a work-in-progress. Mentors will not be expected to provide referrals to agents, editors, or publishers. The focus of the mentorship is craft-based, with the opportunity to ask professional and business-related questions as they arise.

Q: I write some things under a pen name. Which name should I use to apply?

A: Please use your real name on the portion of the application with contact information, and let us know what your pen name is in the body of the email as well. No names or identifying information should be in the manuscript itself.

Q: What if I’m already published and/or already have an agent and/or have previously self-published?

A: Please think carefully about applying for an opportunity that you may not fully need and potentially taking away that opportunity from someone else who truly does. That said, if you honestly feel like you could get the maximum benefit from this type of mentorship program, then we welcome your application, but please address this issue openly in your essay. Also, your submitted manuscript must not have been previously published in any form, including self-published.

Q: Who can I email if I have more questions?

A: Please email your questions to the WNDB Mentorship Team at

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction

The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction will reopen 1 October 2017 and close 31 December. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2018 Lascaux Prize Anthology.

Two copies of the anthology will be supplied to every writer appearing in it. Entry fee is $10. Writers may enter more than once. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. All genres and styles are welcome.

All contest participants receive free downloads of the Lascaux Prize anthologies to date.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition 2017


Introduction from Brian O’Sullivan

With the Celtic Mythology Short Story competition, we’re hoping to collect the best contemporary narratives on genuine Gaelic/Celtic mythology that we can find. Stories from Celtic mythology have been lying dormant in the shadow of “Children’s fairytales” for far too long and it’s time to haul them back out into the open where they belong.

There’s a new wave of Gaelic/Celtic authors out there, writers ready to draw on their cultural heritage to create a rich and compelling portfolio of new works. We’re hoping this competition is going to help kindle that process!

First Prize

$500 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Second Prize

$250 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Third Prize

$100 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
What We’re Looking For

Any kind of fiction short story will be considered (action, romance, drama, humour etc.) as long as they meet the following criteria:
Celtic mythology or folklore forms a fundamental element of the story (i.e. the characters can be characters from Celtic mythology, the action can take place in a mythological location, mythological concepts can be used etc.).
Any Celtic folklore or mythological reference used should be culturally accurate (for example; no dedicated pantheon of Irish Gods, no werewolves, vampires or other elements that don’t fit with the established mythology of ‘Celtic’ countries)
A compelling story/theme, engaging characters. You’re a writer – you know what we mean.

At the end of the day, of course, the success of a story comes down to the judgement of the individual reader and it’s impossible to tell what one person will like over another. The stronger your narrative however, and the stronger the cultural element, the greater your chances of getting through to the short-list. To get a feel for the type of stories that were successful in previous competitions (and the context behind them) we strongly advise downloading a free digital copy of previous Irish Imbas: Celtic Mythology Collections at the Irish Imbas Bookshop. These can also be found free of charge at most other ebookstores.
The Process and Important Dates

1. Submitted stories will be read and assessed and a shortlist compiled.

2. A panel of judges will score each shortlisted story and choose the top three prize-winning stories. A selection of the top 5-10 scoring stories will be published in the 2018 Irish Imbas: Celtic Mythology Collection. In this respect, Irish Imbas Books retains one-time, non-exclusive publication rights to the selected entries chosen for publication.

3. Submissions will be accepted from midnight 2 September 2017 to midnight 10 December 2017.

4. This will be an annual competition so any submission received after midnight 10 December 2017 will be automatically entered into the competition for the following year.

5. The shortlist will be announced on, on the Irish Imbas Books Facebook page and on the Irish Imbas Books Twitter feed [@ImbasInfo] before 31 January 2018.

6. Winners will be contacted by email.

7. Prize money will be paid to the authors of the three prize-winning stories in February/March 2018.

8. The Irish Imbas: Celtic Mythology Collection 2018 will be released in March/April 2018.

Terms and Conditions

Irish Imbas Books reserves the right to decline a story for entry to the competition for any reason at its absolute discretion.
All successful authors will be contacted by email.
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into once the winners have been announced.
By submitting a story to the competition the author warrants that the story is original, and entirely the author’s own work. The author warrants that the story they have entered does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and is not libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body.
By submitting a story to the Irish Imbas Books Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition the author acknowledges that, free of any fees or royalty payments, their short story and biography:
will be made available for publication in the Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection (digital and hard copy version);
can be used (in whole or in part) in advertising and marketing material in any format via any medium for the purposes of this competition
By entering the competition you agree that Irish Imbas Books may email you with news of subsequent competitions). We hate spam as much as anyone so any email sent to you will enable you to unsubscribe at any time.

How to Enter

Monday, 25 September 2017

The Strokestown International Prize 2018

1st Prize € 2,000

Plus A week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat

2nd Prize € 700

3rd Prize € 500

Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets

The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018,

Competition closes 1st December 2017

Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton

Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018

Judges Moya Cannon and Harry Clifton will read and consider all entries for this prestigious prize. Shortlisted poets will also be published in the forthcoming festival anthology, alongside the work of the judges and other featured readers at the festival.

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. Entries will be accepted from Friday 1st September 2017, and will be until 1st December 2017. You may enter as early and as often as you choose for an entry fee of €6.00 per poem.


Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with five published collections, the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester). The mountains, the sea and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems. Archaeology and geology figure too as gateways to deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past.

Music, particularly traditional Irish music, has always been a deep interest and is a constant theme. She has given many readings with musicians and singers, among them the harper Kathleen Loughnane, the traditional singers Maıghréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaıll and the RTE Con Tempo String Quartet.

Moya has been invited to read in Ireland, Europe, in the Americas, North and South, in Japan and India. A selection of her work has been translated into Spanish by the distinguished Argentinian poet, Jorge Fondebrider and further translations to Portuguese and German will be published in 2017.

She has been honoured with the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and she was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2011. She was editor of the Poetry Ireland Review and is a member of Aosdána.

Harry Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952, and has lived in Africa and Asia, as well as more recently in Europe. He won the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1981 and has been the recipient of fellowships in Germany, France, the United States and Australia. He has published five collections of poems, including The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973-88 and Night Train through the Brenner, with Gallery Press. On the Spine of Italy, his prose study of an Abruzzese mountain community, was published by Macmillan in 1999. A collection of short fiction, Berkeley’s Telephone, appeared from Lilliput Press in 2000. Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 was published by Wake Forest in 2007 and won the Irish Times Poetry Now award. He has taught in Bremen and Bordeaux universities, as well as Trinity College and University College Dublin. He returned to Ireland in 2004 and lives in Dublin. The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass was published by Wake Forest and Bloodaxe Books in 2012, and The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004 in 2014. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2010 to 2013.

Photo: Pat McGuigan, Poetry Foundation

Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat is awarding a week-long residency to the first prize winner of the Strokestown International Poetry Prize for a poem in the English Language category. Located just outside the colourful village of Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Anam Cara is a tranquil spot, structured to provide support and sanctuary for people working in the creative arts. It offers private and common working rooms as well as five acres of walking paths, thirty-four nooks and crannies, a river cascades and a river island, gardens, and a labyrinth meadow. Editorial consultation is also available. The prize is valued at €700. The dates of the residency will be arranged between the writer themselves and Anam Cara.
Conditions of Entry

Conditions of Entry
Postal Entry

Postal Entry
Online Entry

Please use this form to enter the Strokestown International Poetry Prize. The form can be submitted multiple times if you wish to enter more than one poem or category.

Payments are by PayPal.

Monday, 4 September 2017



Welcome to the Caledonia Novel Award, an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists.

Prize: £1,000

Shortlist judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and founder of Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency

Special Prize: a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre for the best novel from the UK and Ireland


Here at The Caledonia Novel Award, we are really keen to nurture undiscovered talent and encourage new writers. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce that, for the second year running, we are offering a special prize for the best novel submitted by an author from the UK and Ireland. This prize is a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, situated in the Scottish Highlands, just 14 miles from Inverness. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place there in 2018. Details of the 2017 courses, and further information about this excellent resource, can be found at

Moniack Mhor is Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre. The centre runs residential creative writing courses and partnership courses throughout the year for adults and young people at all stages of their writing career. Courses are tutored by established writers, with a mid-week visit from a guest writer, and cover many different genres. Moniack Mhor also runs one-off events for writers, outreach workshops, awards and a fellowship. High on a hill close to Loch Ness, the centre is an inspirational and nurturing setting for writers to spend an intensive period focussing on their work.

Many thanks to Moniack Mhor for their participation and continuing support.


Our 2018 novel competition is open for entries from 01 May 2017 until 01 November 2017
Longlisted novels will be announced on 30 November 2017, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 6 December 2017
Shortlisted novels will be announced on 25 January 2018, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2018 and awarded £1,000
The entry fee is £25 per novel
Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults
Novels must be the entrant’s original work and at least 50,000 words in length
The competition is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and resident in any country
The Caledonia Novel Award is open to unpublished or self-published novelists only
Entrants must be unagented
Entrants must not be employed by Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency or The Caledonia Novel Award
Entries may not be altered after submission
Entrants retain full copyright of their work, however by entering the competition give The Caledonia Novel Award permission to post an extract from the first 20 pages of any shortlisted entries on our website
The writer of the best novel from the British Isles and Ireland, as judged by Madeleine Milburn, will receive a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place in 2018. The prize includes accommodation, food and tuition, but does not cover travel costs. The full list of courses for 2018 will be announced in November, 2017. For further details about Moniack Mhor, visit There is no cash alternative to this prize

Novels should be submitted via email to with one attachment containing the first 20 pages of your novel (double-spaced in a size 12 font) followed by a 200-word synopsis. In the body of your email, please list your name (this should not appear anywhere on your novel extract), novel title, contact details, brief details of genre, and payment date.
The competition entrance fee is £25 per novel, payable by Paypal. Please click the below button:

Saturday, 2 September 2017



The inaugural Cambridge Short Story Prize will be opening to submissions on the 1st September and closing on 31st October. This is an international short story prize and we welcome entries from every corner of the globe.

There will be a £1500 prize fund, a local Cambridge Prize, and all shortlisted writers will be published in an anthology.


SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st September – 31st October 2017
WORD LENGTH: 1,500 – 3,000 (including title)
ENTRY FEE: £8 (Via PayPal only)
PRIZES: £1000 (1st) £300 (2nd) £200 (3rd) & Local Cambridge Prize with Spilling the Ink.
PUBLICATION: Anthology publication for the winners and shortlisted writers.

The longlist will be announced in early January.


Friday, 1 September 2017

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

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. This year the competition will be judged by esteemed novelist Margaret Drabble who will present the award at the winner’s 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:

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.

The Family Narrative Project - Writing Contest

The Family Narrative Project Writing Contest

The Family Narrative Project invites entries to our 2017 essay contest on the theme of family. At FNP, we know that family means many things to many different people. Feel free to define family broadly. We also know that family relationships can be complicated and wonderful and frustrating and supportive and destructive and confusing and breathtakingly loving. We know, in other words, that they have the power both to harm and to heal. We are open to essays that reflect the full range of family life.

Deadline: October 31, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

Word limit: 1000 words

Entry fee: $10/entry

Prize: $500 for winner plus an interview with the author that will be featured on our website.

Winner will be announced on our website on January 4, 2018.

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