Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Foyle's Books - The Portobello Prize

The Portobello Prize will showcase the most exciting new voices in narrative non-fiction, offering debut writers an opportunity to seek out and publish an untold story that reflects our times.

From its inception, Portobello Books has championed writers who have shone a spotlight on unexplored issues, unvisited places, and under-reported stories. Portobello has a strong track record of publishing books that are as eye-opening as they are page-turning. And now, with the launch of the Portobello Prize, we want to celebrate the art of narrative non-fiction and to discover and launch a star of the future.

The inaugural 2017 Portobello Prize will be open to any UK citizen or UK-based writer who is unpublished in book form, and entries can be submitted from 16th June to 16th October 2017.

The judging panel consists of: Ben Rawlence (author of City of Thorns), Sharmaine Lovegrove (film & TV scout and literary editor), Sophie Lambert (Literary Agent, C+W), Marion Rankine (book-buyer at Foyles), and Laura Barber (Publishing Director, Portobello Books).

The winner will receive a competitive book deal, representation by C+W, and publication by Portobello Books, backed by a dynamic marketing and publicity campaign, with promotional support from legendary independent bookstore, Foyles.

Watch the prize introductory trailer here.

For any questions regarding the prize, please email prize@portobellobooks.com.

How to enter:

1. The writer must have UK citizenship, or have been UK-resident for the last 18 months, but the subject of the proposal doesn’t necessary need to be British.

2. The writer must be unpublished in book form (having published journalism in print or online is fine, as is having had work published as part of a multi-authored collection).

3. Entries must consist of: a comprehensive overview of the subject and how the story will be told, along with a sample chapter, and a biographical note, and the whole entry must be between 10,000 and 14,000 words. For top tips on how to write a killer proposal, please read Sophie Lambert’s blog on Foyles.co.uk.

4. Entries can be made between midnight on 16th June 2017 and midnight on 16th October 2017.

5. Entries must be sent to entry@portobellobooks.com.

6. Entries must be exclusive – the idea and material cannot be on submission to other prizes, publishers, or agencies.

7. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize this year, or to make multiple offers of publication and representation.

8. The writer must be aware that if their entry wins, their book will be agented by C+W and published by Portobello Books.

9. The writer must be prepared to take part in a launch event at Foyles, and assist with promotion.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sunday Times £30,000 Competition - Entering the 2018 Award

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2016. Five other authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

For any queries, you can write to The Society of Authors using the postal address found on our contact page, or send an email to stefgqueries@societyofauthors.org

Thursday, 15 June 2017

North Street Book Prize #seanocarolan.com

Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services.

See more past winners and remarks from our judges in our contest archives.

Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2017. We are accepting self-published books in the categories of Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Length limit: 150,000 words.

The winner of each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250. No restrictions on age or country. When the contest is open, please click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on February 15, 2018. Fee: $60 per book.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017



We need writers!

Need to flex those literary muscles?

The competitions open on the 1st day of each month and close on the last day of each month.

Entry is free.

Best Short Story Entry (June) £50.00
Best Poetry Entry (June) £50.00
The top twenty entries in each competition will be published in a printed booklet.

IMPORTANT Please read the competition rules below before entering.

Competition Rules

Entry is free and there are no subject requirements. Short stories and poems are accepted.

Maximum of 1500 words for short stories
Maximum of 40 lines for poetry

Only one entry per person, per category, save your other entries for future competitions!

If you have submitted an entry which did not win and did not make it into the top 20 entries produced for the booklets, you may enter again.

The Legal Bit - by sending in a competition entry you are agreeing with the terms and conditions stated here:

It's important to note that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to Writing Writers. This means you are perfectly free to take what you have written and re-publish it somewhere else.

In contributing to Writing Writers you agree to grant the Writing Writers website a perpetual, non-exclusive right and licence to publish your contribution on the website as well as to publish and distribute your contribution, at our sole discretion, as part of any compilation work that Writing Writers may choose to produce in any format.

Each month you can submit an entry that will be passed onto our judges who will pick the best and award a winner. During some months the subject matter will be a 'free for all', where you can write anything you like, other months will have a specific theme.

These questions and answers apply to both the short story and poetry competitions.

How much does it cost to enter the competitions and are there any catches?
The competitions are free and always will be. If we ever include a competition with a charge, this will be in addition to the usual competitions. We do not believe it is fair to pay a fee to enter your work into a competition. This of course means that our prizes are of a lower value, but this also means you can enter the competition without any risk.

What prize do I get if I win the competition?
£25 - £50 for winning the Short Story Contest - paid via PayPal
£25 - £50 for winning the Poetry Contest - paid via PayPal
Publication in the booklet

What happens if I get shortlisted into the top 30 entries in either competition?
If you get shortlisted your work will be published in both a printed booklet and an electronic booklet.

How many people usually enter the competitions?
Obviously this differs each month. On average we get between 300 - 500 stories each month and 200 - 400 poems each month.

How do I increase my chances of winning?
Quite simply, try to be different, it helps if you stand out from the crowd.
Punctuation, spelling and punctuation! This sounds obvious but really, check your spelling!

What does it mean to be in the printed booklets?
It simply means for that given month your work is published in the booklets. Everyone who buys a copy of that booklet gets to read your work.

Why do I have to pay for a booklet when my work has been printed in it?
We do not offer free booklets to those whose work is published in the booklets because this is how the site is funded. In order to keep the competitions free, we charge for the booklets. This, at least to us, seems a much fairer deal than charging for the competition whether or not you win it!

Where does the money sold from the booklets go?
We do not make an exceedingly large amount of money from the booklets, mainly due to printing costs. The money goes straight back into the site, on administration, future printing costs; we do not make a profit.


Entries must be sent by email to:


Please type: JUNE CONTEST ENTRY in the subject field

Please send as an attachment - following formats accepted: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .txt

Place no identifying marks on the manuscript.

In the body of the email type your name, the title of your story/poem and the word/line count.

We always acknowledge receipt of your entry. You will receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours - Should you not receive the email, please resend.

Words Magazine - Competition Calendar 2017

Prizes: 1st - £50, 2nd - £25.

All entries will be considered for publication in either future issues of WORDS Magazine
or in online anthologies.

Author's Guidelines appear ☛HERE

 - Theme "Christmas"

Click here to enter

or email your entry to: june2017@wordsmag.com
if the link above doesn't work in your browser.

All entries should be sent via email only
and should be a maximum length of 2,000 words.

READ THE Sunday Times EFG Shortlisted Short Stories

                                                         FIND ALL STORIES HERE

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Next Generation bursary award

Closing date 17:30, Thursday 29 June 2017
Maximum awarded €15,000
Applicant type Individual Artist
Collaborative application possible? Yes
Telephone 01 6180 200
Email awards@artscouncil.ie

The purpose of the Next Generation bursary award is to support a group of promising artists across all disciplines at an early but pivotal stage in their career. Recipients will receive €15,000 and will also take part in a collective week-long residential programme in spring 2018. Joint applications and interdisciplinary applications are welcomed. The selection panel will comprise, a non-voting Council Chair, two Council members, and a number of external panellists. This award is designed to support emerging artists to:
Buy time to develop their work and practice
Support unique development needs to advance their own practice (this might be through engagement with a mentor, research, non-formal study and/or non-vocational training, collaborative partnerships, etc.). Applicants must detail the development need that would most advance his or her career at this time.

It will prioritise those who;
Demonstrate ambition and vision for their work
Show potential to develop and strengthen a distinctive and assured creative practice
Show how they will benefit artistically from timely support for their artistic development;
Demonstrate in a compelling way how the award and financial investment of this level and at this particular time will have a transformative effect in bringing them to the next stage of their artistic development.

How do I apply for this?
Download and read the guidelines available at the top right-hand corner of this page.
Check if there is any mandatory supporting material that must accompany your application. We may provide a template for the supporting material. If so, you can download it from the supporting materials section at the top right-hand corner of this page.
All applications must be made through the online services website. You will be able to upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format along with your application form.
You must be registered with the online services website to make an application. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.
Still need help?


A listing of frequently asked questions about making an online application


A step-by-step video guide on how to download, complete and upload an application form for funding.


A listing of funding-related tweets

Next Generation Artist Award 2017

Next Generation Artist Award 2017 PDF
Apply now

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Gallery Beggar Press 2017/2018 short story prize

Gallery Beggar Press 2017/2018 short story prize

The Galley Beggar Press Story Story Prize 2017/18 is now open to submissions.


This year, the directors of Galley Beggar Press will be joined by three new judges: award-winning writer, academic and activist Preti Taneja; the books journalist Natasha Onwuemezi; and writer, essayist and literary critic Joanna Walsh. (To read more about our judges, click here.)


For the 2017/18 Prize there are three tiers of awards:

• The WINNER of the 2017/18 Short Story Prize will get to choose between a cash prize of £1000 or 12 months of editorial support for a writing project.
• SHORTLISTED authors will each receive a cash prize of £150.
• Each LONGLISTED author will receive £50 of bookshop vouchers, plus a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press.

The author of the winning short story will also be profiled and interviewed in The Bookseller, the leading industry magazine (accessed by tens of thousands of publishing professionals around the world each week). (You can read 2016/17 winner Yelena Moskovich’s profile here.)

Cost of entry.

Entry costs £10 per story. The proceeds of the prize pay for the administration costs of the prize, and also raise essential funds for Galley Beggar Press (allowing us to continue to focus on new, ambitious and ‘risky’ authors). This year, there are also 50 free entries available to those on low-incomes (offered on a first-come, first-serve basis – and after emailing elly@galleybeggar.co.uk).

Deadlines and announcements.

The deadline for submissions is midnight of the evening of 27 August 2017 (UK time).
On Friday 5 January 2018, midday, a longlist of 10 stories will be announced.
On Friday 26 January 2018, midday, a shortlist of 3 stories will be announced.
On 16 February 2018 the winner of the 2017/18 GBP Short Story Prize will be announced, with a profile to follow in the Bookseller.

In addition to these prizes, in spring 2018 a celebratory event will be held in London, with the longlisted and shortlisted authors invited to read from their work.

Further submission information.
Submissions must be no longer than 6,000 words.
The cost of entry for each short story is £10.
The deadline for submissions is midnight of the evening of 27 August 2017.
By entering this award, you accept the terms and conditions.

How to enter. 

To enter the award, there are two simple steps:

(1) Using the widget under these notes, attach your story. On the first page add your name, contact details, and the title of the work.
(2) Hit 'add to cart' and your submission will then be added to the Galley Beggar Store shopping basket. Go to that basket and pay the £10 fee using Paypal.

We encourage online submissions. Those who need to post their submissions should first email info@galleybeggar.co.uk.

Galley Beggar Press are also offering 50 free entries to writers on a low income, who would not otherwise be able to afford to enter the prize. These entries will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, and at the discretion of the directors. If you think you are eligible for one of these entries, please in the first instance contact: elly@galleybeggar.co.uk.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

John O’Connor Short Story Competition – 2017

Entries are invited from aspiring writers for the second John O’Connor Short Story Competition. It is being held to commemorate the Armagh-born writer whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.

The prize-winner will be awarded a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 2nd to 5th November, 2017.

The festival, sponsored and supported by internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, has a two-fold purpose. It aims to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of John O’Connor as well as offering practical guidance and assistance to aspiring writers through its workshops and Master classes in the various literary genres and writing for commercial purposes.

The competition will close at 12.00 noon on 1st October 2017. Entries received after this date and time will not be considered. A four-person panel will adjudicate, including writers Martina Devlin and Stuart Neville.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and older
Only one entry per person is permitted
Entries must be in English
Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. Entries outside this word count will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected.
Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.
Only short stories will be accepted. Prose and poetry entries are inadmissible.
An entrance fee of £10 per story must be paid and submitted separately by cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to John O’Connor Writing School and sent to JOCWS c/o 18 Mount Merrion Park, Belfast, BT60GB, N.Ireland.
All entries must be submitted electronically to short Story Co-ordinator, Mary McVeigh, at mtmcveigh@hotmail.com.
Stories must be submitted as attachments to entry giving name, telephone number and email address. Please note that no indication of the author’s name should be given in the actual story.
Entries will not be returned.
The decision of the adjudicators is final and they will not enter into any correspondence concerning the competition.

The bursary prize allows the recipient to enjoy all events in the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Festival 2017, and to attend one class in the writing genre of his/her choice.

The winning entrant will be formally announced at the opening of the Writing school on Friday 3rd November, and will have the opportunity to read at the ‘Write out Loud’ Literary Lunchtime event on Sunday 5th November.

Single room accommodation will be available free of charge to the winning entrant.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017



A.M. Heath and Lizza Aiken, Joan’s daughter, are launching a competition to find a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.

Joan Aiken was the prizewinning writer of over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Her best-known series was ‘The Wolves Chronicles’, of which the first book The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. On its publication TIME magazine called it: ‘One genuine small masterpiece.’  Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been made into films. Joan’s books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in the UK for The Whispering Mountain. Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children’s books.
Joan Aiken took her craft very seriously – this may be why her books have become classics. She wrote:
“Really good writing for children should come out with the force of Niagara… children’s books need to have everything that is in adult writing but squeezed into smaller compass. Furthermore, as children read their books over and over, a book needs to have something new to offer each time. Richness of language, symbolism, or character may be appreciated for the first time at later readings, while the excitement of the story will only disguise failings at the first.”
The Prize will be judged by Julia Churchill, children’s book agent at A.M. Heath, and Lizza Aiken, daughter of Joan Aiken and curator of her Estate.
Julia Churchill writes: If I think of my childhood reading, it’s the classic 8+ novels that filled so much of my imaginative landscape. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Charlotte’s Web, The Borrowers, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Witches.
We are looking for a standout junior novel. It could be contemporary or magical, it could have the makings of a series, or be one crystalline stand-alone. We know we’re setting the bar high. We hope to find a book that will be in print in fifty years, as Joan achieved with the Wolves series – and many other books.
Lizza Aiken writes: Joan Aiken, if asked to come up with a winning formula for a children’s book, would say it must have three important elements: movement – a really taut narrative to pull the reader away from other distractions, mystery – to increase a sense of wonder, and a marvellous ending that surprises and also satisfies. An example she gave of superb storytelling was Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester, where the character of the enigmatic villain – the cat Simpkin – lifts the story from being a simple tale into a dynamic small masterpiece.
The winner will receive £1,000 and a full set of ‘The Wolves Chronicles’.
All shortlisted writers will have the chance to meet with Julia Churchill to discuss their work.
Submission guidelines:
The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize is open to un-agented children’s book writers resident in the UK or Ireland.
To get a good sense of the voice, concept and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 10,000 words PLUS a short description of the book (a few lines) AND a one page outline that shows the spine of the story. Please send this as a Word doc attachment to futureclassics@amheath.com
Entrants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Submissions open on May 8th 2017 and will close on July 31st.
A shortlist of five will be announced on August 28th, and the winner will be announced on September 14th 2017.
A.M. Heath is running the prize in order to support new writing talent, and to find a debut star. We will offer representation if we find an author, or authors, whose writing we love.
Do follow @juliachurchill and @lizzaaiken on twitter for updates. And if you have any questions about submitting, or the prize generally, please send them to futureclassics@amheath.com

Foyle's Books - The Portobello Prize

The Portobello Prize will showcase the most exciting new voices in narrative non-fiction, offering debut writers an opportunity to seek out...