Monday, 19 March 2018

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories is now open for entries.

This year we've got a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. The deadline is 31 May 2018, and entry costs £8.

The Newcomer Prize is for writers who haven't yet published anything with The Fiction Desk, and haven't yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. (Ebook editions don't count.) If this sounds like you, you can find full details of the competition on our website here.

If you don't already subscribe to our anthology series, now is a great time to give us a try. Whether you're a writer looking for new markets for your work, or a reader with a taste for the best in new short fiction (or both), you'll find our anthologies full of engaging, intelligent stories from some of the best new writers around.

Subscriptions cost £27 in the UK and £39 worldwide. To find out more, or to set up your own subscription, head over to our website. You can even choose your starting volume, so if you don't like waiting, you can get started with our last anthology, New Ghost Stories III, right away.
Do Writers Still Need Whitaker's Almanack?

This year is the 150th anniversary of Whitaker's Almanack, an annual reference book and guide to the workings of the United Kingdom and beyond. Over more than 1,000 pages it covers everything from the year in arts to the politics of every country; from the systems of the European Union to the education systems in each part of the UK.

During that time it's also played a role in literature, as an indispensable handbook for journalists but also both a reference book and occasional plot device for fiction writers. But in the age of freely available digital information, does a printed reference book like this still have a place on a writer's desk? Read our review of the 2018 edition.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Bridport Prize short story entry

BRIDPORTshort story entry

1st prize £5000 (approx 7890 US$, 6340 Euro)

2nd prize £1000 (approx 1570 US$, 1260 Euro)

3rd prize £500 (approx 785 US$, 630 Euro)

10 supplementary prizes of £100 each

The winning and highly commended stories, poems and flash fiction will be published in the Bridport Prize anthology each year.

The winning stories and shortlist will be read by leading London literary agents A.M. Heath with a view to representing writers

The top thirteen eligible stories are submitted to the BBC National Short Story Award (£15,000) and The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award (£30,000)

Remember to delete any identfying marks on your submission before uploading your short story. No amendments or corrections can be made once work has been submitted, nor can entries be substituted. If you later realise you have made a mistake, you may withdraw your submission and re-enter. A further fee would be payable.

Remember that the file name of your uploaded entry MUST BE the title of your short story. If it is untitled, use the first line of your short story

You will be able to upload your short story entry when you go to checkout

Troubadour international poetry prize 2018

Judged by jo shapcott & daljit nagra

first prize £2,000
second prize £1,000
third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
5 prizes of book bundles, each with 6 latest poetry titles from
bloodaxe bookscarcanetfaber & fabernine arches press &
seren books5 prizes of 1-yr poetry magazine subscriptions from
under the radarpoetry walespn reviewnew ohio review &

Plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

submit via e-mail or post by mon 22 oct 2018


Jo Shapcott has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry & has won a number of literary prizes including Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, Forward Prize for Best Collection, National Poetry Competition (twice), & the Costa Book Award for her most recent, Of Mutability. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book & My Life Asleep are gathered in a 'selected poems' entitled Her Book.

Daljit Nagra was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry, in 2007, and for its title poem, Look, We Have Coming to Dover!, three years earlier. His other publications include a retelling of the Ramayana, a Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition winner, Oh My Rub!, & two further poetry collections, Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine & his latest, British Museum (Faber, 2017).

judges will read all poems submitted


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 number of 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 (PayPal account not required) OR via 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 Number, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR enclose cheque/postal-order; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no paperclips or staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.

By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to; include following details in e-mail: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR send cheque/postal-order by post.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Molly Keane Award: previously unpublished short story

Competition deadline 15th March 2018

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018.

The late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Annually since 1998, to celebrate this rich literary life, the Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family has invited entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2018.

Click: Molly Keane Entry Form 2018 for details or contact the Arts Office on 058-41416.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

BBC The Comedy Script Room is back for 2018.

The Comedy Script Room is back for 2018. The submission window opens later this month.

We are looking for the top funny writing talent from across the country to submit scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). This is an open door for all writers, both new and experienced. Writers selected for this unmatched, six-month skills development programme will participate in talks, workshops, networking events with Producers and Agents and bespoke writing opportunities with the aim of building a career within the BBC.

So get writing now… and keep on rewriting, polishing and honing your work until you submit it.

The submission window for the Comedy Script Room is open from Monday 19th March until Monday 16th April. All submissions must be made through the online system.

Please keep an eye on the Writersroom website for further information of how to submit:

What we want from your script:

- It’s all about great characters. Original, nuanced, vivid and specific voices and how they, fight, love, or argue. How they ruin or save each other in your world.

- We can all quote from our favourite shows and films. Does your dialogue leap up and pull us into your work? How quotable are your characters? We want to find something special in what you show us, that makes us want to read more and to work with you.

- We are looking for writers who need to go for the funny. Does your script mine every opportunity for comedy? This isn’t a “drama with a few light moments” scheme.

- We are looking for unique voices and perspectives. Show us something we haven’t seen. This doesn’t necessarily mean in the setting or the precinct, but in the writers voice and how you tell the story.

- A fast start. Does your script immediately set up the characters, their relationships and their world in a clear and interesting way, grabbing the reader and making them want to read more?

- This is a chance to showcase your writing talents, and rewrites are not permitted. Is this draft the absolute best that it can be? Does it show your unique talent in the best possible light?

- Get your submission in before the deadline. We can’t accept any late submissions.

Two Northern Irish writers got a place last year because they wrote scripts that they really believed in and showed off their unique comic perspective on the world. Let’s get you and yours on Comedy Room 2018.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Cheshire Prize for Literature 2018

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

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 2017.

3. Entries must be received by 1st September 2017. 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, 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.

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

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The John Murray Prize with The Spectator

To celebrate their 250th birthday, John Murray are launching a new international non-fiction prize in association with The Spectator – open to unpublished authors everywhere
John Murray and The Spectator

We believe strongly that the best non-fiction isn’t confined by category – as our history shows. Alexander von Humboldt’s Personal Narrative of his five years exploring South America came out in 1814; it was a major influence on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and his seminal Origin of Species (1859) and both inspired Andrea Wulf to write her multiple prize-winning The Invention of Nature (2015). John Murray are immensely proud to have been the publisher of all three, very different books across over two centuries.

We may be Britain’s oldest publisher but we are always looking for new writers and fresh ideas. Our current list include critically acclaimed and bestselling books as diverse as Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, Matthew Syed’s Black Box Thinking and Randall Munroe’s What If? We know the best non-fiction challenges you to think again about everything. And with this prize we are looking for truly original writing that will stand the test of time.

The prize will be officially launched on 2nd January 2018.
How to Enter

Write an essay on the theme of ORIGIN.

Tell us about a beginning or a discovery of any kind. Explain an idea, a movement or a species. Take us across the world, into outer space or deep into the past. Explore your passion, discipline or background. Surprise us.

What you write about and how you write about it – whether it’s in the form of history, science, literature, nature, travel or memoir – is up to you.

Our judges are Andrea Wulf, Sumit Paul-Choudury (editor in chief of New Scientist), Amanda Vickery (professor of history at Queen Mary), Sam Leith (literary editor of The Spectator) and Stig Abell (editor of the TLS).

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We are looking for (1) an original, insightful and lively piece of non-fiction writing of no more than 4000 words that offers an unexpected view of an origin of your choice. And (2) a separate outline/description of how this essay could become a book.

Deadline for submissions is 1st May 2018 (midnight GMT).

You can submit your essay to

The overall winner will be announced on our actual anniversary in October.

For the winner:
A £20,000 book contract with John Murray and mentoring sessions with our publisher
Their winning essay published both in The Spectator and in a special anniversary anthology
An invitation to our anniversary party

For the runners-up:
Their winning essay published in an elegant anthology
A selection of books from John Murray

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2018

Edge Hill University’s 12th annual Short Story Prize is now accepting submissions, with the winner due to receive £10,000 at a special event in London in November.

The Prize is the only UK-based award that recognizes excellence in a published short story collection and will also include a £1,000 Reader’s Choice award to a writer from the shortlist, and a further category for stories by Edge Hill University MA Creative Writing students.

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize was founded in 2006 by the world’s first Professor of Short Fiction, Ailsa Cox, to highlight the intricate artisanship of short story writing and acknowledge the wealth of published collections available.

Now, after 11 years, Ailsa will pass the torch to fellow Creative Writing lecturer Billy Cowan.

Billy, who is an award-winning playwright, as well as a short-fiction writer, has previously acted as a judge for the awards.

When asked about his new role, he said:

“If, as Neil Gaiman says, it only takes a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart, then running the Edge Hill Prize this year means I’m in for a helluva ride.”

Ailsa, who will take a seat on the judge’s panel added:

“I’m looking forward to discovering new voices and to reading new collections from writers at the top of their game. I have a feeling it’s going to be a bumper year, and one that will be full of surprises.”

Three more judges for this year’s prize will be announced soon.

Publishers must submit collections for consideration by Friday 23rd March 2018. The shortlist will be announced by Saturday 30th June with awards to be presented at a special event in London in November.

To be eligible, collections must be published during 2017. Authors must be born or normally reside in the British Isles (including Ireland).

The 2017 prize was awarded to Daisy Johnson for Fen (Cape). The Readers’ Choice winner was Lucy Caldwell for Multitudes (Faber). The 2017 Prize featured an all-female short list, including Irenosen Okjie (Speak Gigantular – Jacaranda), K. J. Orr (Light Box – Daunt) and Joanna Walsh (Vertigo – And Other Stories).

Click here for more information about submitting an entry.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Harper's Bazaar short-story competition 2018

Fiction has long been the life blood of Bazaar. Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood and Ali Smith are just a handful of names that make up our glittering roster of past contributors. For the chance to follow in their footsteps, enter our annual short-story competition by submitting 2,500 words on the subject of ‘The Looking Glass’. The winner will receive a two-night stay and a three course dinner for two in Amberley Castle, an inspiring 900-year-old retreat in rural Sussex and the chance to see their work published in Harper’s Bazaar.

Terms and conditions: the competition is open to individuals aged 18 and over, published or unpublished. To enter, send an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of 'The Looking Glass', of up to 2,500 words to The competition closes at midnight on 9 April 2018. Stories received after the closing date will not be considered. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and will be based on literary merit, originality and readability. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and to have agreed to be bound by them. The winner will receive a selection of gifts from Smythson and a two-night stay in a Classic Room for two at Amberley Castle Hotel. The prize is valid for an overnight stay Sunday to Friday inclusive (not Saturday). It includes breakfast on both days and three course dinner on one night. All additional food and beverages will be charged as extra, payable direct to the hotel on departure. The prize is subject to availability and must be taken by 31 October 2018. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable and cannot be extended. It does not include travel to and from the hotel. This competition is not open to any employees of Hearst, the promoter or their immediate families, the promoter's advertising agency and sales-promotion consultancy, or anyone else connected with the creation and administration of the competition. Only one competition entry, fulfilling the eligibility requirements above, will be accepted per person. Once selected, only the winner(s) will be contacted personally by email, using the contact details provided upon entry. Entry to the competition and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission to use any entrant's name, image and any competition-entry photograph, for promotional and/or editorial purposes in any format in print and non-print media without additional consultation. It is assumed that you have the permission of your employer for any time off work that is required to claim the prize. Hearst or the third party are not liable in any way to any winner who cannot attend.Winners will be notified by 1 July 2018. By entering the competition and in consideration for Hearst publishing your entry, you assign to Hearst the entire worldwide copyright in your entry for all uses in all print and non-print media and formats, including but not limited to all rights to use your entry in any and all electronic and digital formats, and in any future medium hereafter developed for the full period of copyright therein, and all renewals and extensions thereof, any rental and lending rights and retransmission rights and all rights of a like nature wherever subsisting. Hearst's decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above, and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the validity of any such decision. Hearst shall be permitted to exclude or disqualify any entrant at any time at its sole discretion. Hearst reserves the right to exclude late, incomplete or multiple registrations, or registrations made by third parties or agents. Hearst Magazines does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. The name of the winner(s) will be announced in Harper's Bazaar (print magazine or online) in August 2018. No purchase is necessary. Once entered, entries cannot be returned or withdrawn. Spammers will be disqualified. Prizes must be taken as stated, although Hearst reserves the right to change the prize in the event of unforeseen circumstances. By entering the competition, you agree to the terms of the Privacy Policy. In addition, Hearst may pass your personal information to the promoters of the competition (where it is not Hearst) and their data processors. However, we always demand that any such parties adhere to the same security procedures that we follow ourselves. Hearst reserves the right to (i) cancel and/or withdraw this competition and/or (ii) amend these terms, at any time without notice. Where Hearst runs a competition with a promoter such that the promoter is responsible for the selection and/or the provision of prizes, then Hearst shall not be responsible for or have any liability for the provision of such prizes. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will Hearst be liable, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss, damage or injury arising under or in connection with this competition. These terms are governed by English law, and entrants agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in relation to all matters arising under or in connection with these terms.

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories is now open for entries. This year we've got a first prize of £500 and a seco...