Monday, 6 December 2021

WoLF Poetry Competition 2022




On November 1st 2021, Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its poetry competition to poets from across the globe for the fifth consecutive year. Last year’s competition was our most successful to date, and we’re happy to say this has allowed us to increase the amount we give out in prizes. This year, 1st prize remains £400, and 2nd prize £150, but the value of the three 3rd prizes goes up from £25 to £50, and we’re also including a new prize category for poems sent in by people living in a WV postcode. These poems will be eligible for the main prizes, but in addition one WV poem will win £75, with two more getting runners-up prizes of £25.

The 2022 festival takes place over the weekend of 4-6 February, and the theme for both the festival and the competition is ‘Sounds of the city’. Send us stories of sirens, sonnets to seagulls on rooftops, sagas about drunks singing their way home. Surprise us with what the sounds of the city mean to you, and send your entries in before December 31st!

You’ll find details of how to submit, and the rules for the competition, further down the page. Please read them carefully. Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Casey Bailey.

Our Judge

Casey Bailey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020-2022. He is a writer, performer and educator born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham. Casey’s second full collection of poetry ‘Please Do Not Touch’ (2021) was published by Burning Eye Books. Casey has performed nationally and internationally, spent some time on a residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and taught, facilitated and led up and down the country. His debut poetry pamphlet ‘Waiting at Bloomsbury Park’ was published by Big White Shed (2017). His first full collection of poetry ‘Adjusted’ (2018) was published by Verve Poetry Press.

A note from Casey on judging the WoLF poetry competition
When I read a poem, I tend to consider two things; what has the poet observed in a way that is unique? and how have they used language that allows me to see it through their eyes? I ’m sure that the poems that are shortlisted for the Wolves Lit Fest Poetry Competition will be the ones that have excited me through the vision that birthed them and the execution that allowed me to see that vision for myself.

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Rules
1. The competition opens on November 1st, 2021, and the closing date for receipt of entries is midnight GMT on December 31st, 2021. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
2. The fee to enter is £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem in that submission. Maximum number of poems in a single submission is five. Payment is by Paypal (see button below)
3. Poems from a WV postcode will additionally be entered for consideration in the new WV prize.
4. Entries to the competition must be made by email to wolfpoetrycomp@gmail.com In the body of the email, put your name, address, number of poems entered, and your Paypal reference no.
5. Each poem must be sent as a separate.doc or .docx file attached to your email, with the poem title as the document name. Do not put your name or any identifying marks on the poem – they are judged anonymously.
6. Poems must be your own unaided work, and on the theme of ‘sounds of the city’. You may interpret this theme as literally or figuratively as you wish.
7. Poems must be in English, and no more than 40 lines long.
8. Poems must not have been previously published in any public forum (either in print or on a website), nor should they be currently submitted for future publication elsewhere.
9. We can’t amend poems after they’ve been submitted, or refund fees paid.
10. The competition is open to anyone aged sixteen and over (with the exception of members of the core team of Wolverhampton Literature Festival).
11. Winners and shortlisted poets will be contacted a few days in advance of results being announced on the festival website and our website on Monday 1st February 2022. If you do not hear from us before Feb 1st, please understand that your poem has not been placed on this occasion. Shortlisted poems may be published in a WoLF anthology. The winning poets will be invited to read their poems at Wolverhampton Literature Festival on Sunday 6th February 2022 (subject to Covid restrictions)
12. Copyright of the poems remains with the author, but Wolverhampton Literature Festival reserves the right to publish successful entries in a competition anthology, and on the festival website.

Parracombe Prize 2022



For published, self-published and aspiring writers alike, enter our short story competition and you have the chance to win one of our cash prizes and be published in our second anthology – Parracombe Prize 2022.

To enter, simply submit a short story of no more than 2,022 words.
And that’s it!

Our entry requirements can be found on the ENTER page.

First prize £100
Second prize £50
Two runner-up prizes £25

Competition opens on 1st October 2021. The closing date for entries is midnight, 31st January 2022.

The winner of the competition – along with the runners-up – will be announced in time for publication in May 2022.
For each story there is an entry fee of £5.00 and you can enter up to three separate stories.

And, don’t forget to read our rules in full before you enter.

Good luck!

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition, 2022



OPEN TO POEMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD



We are pleased to announce that our annual Open Poetry Competition is now open for your entries. It is judged this year by Richard Skinner, a well-known writer and editor of poetry, fiction, life writing, essays and non-fiction. Richard has published three novels, four books of non-fiction and four books of poetry. His most recent book of poems is Invisible Sun (Smokestack Books, 2021).

The deadline for entries is 31st January, 2022.

As in previous years, we offer seven prizes:

1st Prize: £1000

2nd Prize: £300

3rd Prize: £100

4th Prize: 4 x £50

Entry fee: £5 per poem; or, for 3 or more poems, £4 each. (PLEASE PAY USING THE PAYPAL BUTTONS BELOW)

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ENTRY IS BY EMAIL ONLY

Deadline for receipt of entries: 31st January, 2022.

Any number of poems can be submitted, on payment of £5 per poem, or £4 each for three poems or more.
The competition is for anyone aged 16 and over, from anywhere in the world.
Poems must be in English, your original work, on any subject, in any style, no longer than 40 lines.
Poems should have neither been published (including self-published) nor accepted for publication at the time of entry. Nor should they be entered into any other competition for which the results will be announced after our closing date, 31st January 2022.

Please send your poems by email to kentandsussexpoetry@gmail.com in a single Word or pdf attachment, formatted A4, and with each poem starting on a new page, after paying the entry fee using PayPal on our website.

Please ensure the poem is formatted as you wish it to be read. If the form is complex, it is advisable to use a pdf format.

All poems are judged anonymously, so should not bear your name, nor any other form of identification.

In your covering email, please write ‘COMPETITION ENTRY’ as the subject header, and give:
Your name and postal address
List of poems submitted
The date you made your Paypal payment (and the name under which it was made, if not your own).

We will acknowledge receipt of entries. However, only prize winners will be contacted with news of the judge’s decision, in mid-April. The results will be announced on our website, April 20th 2022.

All entries are read by the judge, whose decision is final. There can be no correspondence concerning the result. No person may win more than one prize.

Prize-winning poems will be posted on our website, and also included in our annual Folio publication. Prize winners will also be invited to read their poem at our monthly meeting on April 19th, 2022.

Closing Date: 31st January, 2022.

Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize Dec 2021





Aim of Prize

Our mission is to create a cultural body of work that entertains and informs about green solutions, inspires green behaviour and raises awareness of the necessary transformations towards a sustainable economy. Currently most green communications preach to the converted i.e. only those who already care choose to watch climate change documentaries or read books with a green theme. Thus a particular aim is to use fiction as a way to reach a wider audience, and support winning authors to translate their stories into published books.
Entry Fee and Submission Criteria

Deadline: 30/12/2021.

Entry Fee: Free*

* but entrants must show they have read at least one chapter from successfully published pieces from the Green Stories project that provide an example of entertaining mainstream fiction that meets the criteria of showing green solutions (not just problems) that readers can engage with. This year the book is Habitat Man, an eco-themed rom-com written specifically for the Green Stories project. Green Stories provide one chapter free to download or you can buy the whole book now if you prefer. Available from most eBook platforms and in paperback from Amazon and on request from bookshops.

The submission survey (link at bottom of page) includes a short easy quiz to demonstrate that you’ve read the extract.

Download the free extract of Habitat Man here.

The reason is that over the previous 12 competitions, as it is free to enter, a large burden has been placed on our judges reading a large number of entries that do not meet the criteria.













Length: Typically novels are 70,000 – 95,000 words. Submit three chapters* (minimum of 4000 words, maximum 10,000 words) as one document that must include the following:




the first chapter
another chapter that best showcases how your novel meets the green stories criteria
a third chapter (suggest the final chapter if possible)
a synopsis between 500 and 1000 words (name and contact details optional – we can identify via submission page) that covers genre, plot, characters, and details of how it meets the green stories criteria of showcasing positive visions of a more sustainable society or incorporating green solutions into the context of an otherwise mainstream story.





*You can submit more than three chapters if you need to, in order to make up to 4,000 words. If you get to the short list, we may then ask for more chapters or the full novel from the best entries to help us decide.





Eligibility:





Open to all adults (18+) of any nationality, as long as the submission is in English and has not been published elsewhere.





All submissions must conform to the green stories criteria of showcasing positive visions of a more sustainable society or incorporating green solutions into the context of an otherwise mainstream story. We are NOT looking for children’s stories.





The competition is open to novels that are either:

– Partially complete (at least 50%) in the first draft phase
– Fully complete and unpublished (between 70,000 and 100,000 words).





Submission details and link will be provided two months before the deadline




Judging Criteria





Entries must conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or include green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story. It does NOT have to have an explicitly green theme, as green solutions can be smuggled in quite subtly – for ideas see our resources page. Conversely, stories that have an explicitly green theme but simply point out problems without including solutions also will not meet the criteria – see our full competition guidelines.




Prizes





£1000 for the winner and £500 for runner up, plus the following:





Helping you achieve success:





Half price manuscript appraisal (worth £300-400) for top three entries by established literary consultancy Daniel Goldsmith. Daniel Goldsmith Associates are literary and publishing consultants. They work with writers to improve their writing, offer rights and contracts management services to literary agents and help new publishers to start up. See their website or follow them on Twitter @literaryconsult





If you want to try for a traditional publishing route, we also have an agreement from Peter Cox from the literary agency, Redhammer Management, to provide a one to one mentoring session with the winners (at their office in London or virtual meeting).





If you want to pursue the independent publishing route, winners can access a package of support from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) set up by Orna Ross that includes a year’s membership of ALLI and a free pass to the Self-Publishing Advice Conference.





Publishing is just half the battle, to help winners achieve sales we will promote the winning book (once published) via our networks.

A free workshop on writing green stories will be held 20th November 2021 9.30 – 12 at the University of Southampton. Sign up via Eventbrite HERE.

Sign up for our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to keep up to date with other events.


Submission Link

Submit your manuscript HERE before 30th Dec 2021. But first, check you can answer yes to the following:
Have you downloaded the extract or read Habitat Man? If not, you can download the extract HERE, make sure to read this before you submit your entry.
Does your entry meet the criteria of showing positive visions of a sustainable society and how we might get there OR including green solutions in the body of the story (it’s fine it it doesn’t have an explicitly green theme)?
Have you put 3 chapters and summary in ONE document (pdf/word) with the document title being the title of your novel?
Is it in good English?

If you can’t answer yes to all four questions then it needs some work before submission. There is no rush to submit early – you have until 30th December 2021- submit it right first time as we don’t accept re-submissions.

We look forward to reading your entries, but be aware it usually takes at least 3 months from the deadline before winners are announced.

Global Soup - 7 DAY STORY WRITING CHALLENGES




THE CHALLENGE:


PRIZE: £500

ENTRY: FREE

7 DAY STORY WRITING CHALLENGES take place throughout the year.

Each challenge runs for exactly 7 days.

Before a new challenge begins, all those who have registered will be randomly divided into 12 GROUPS. Each group corresponds to a different GENRE.

When the challenge begins you will receive an email with your randomly assigned genre and the SECRET CHALLENGE THEME.

All participants receive the same theme and must write a short story of no more than 2,000 words, inspired by the theme, written in the genre assigned to them.

You have exactly 7 days to write and submit your story.

Globe Soup will choose 12 finalists, one from each genre and an overall winner. The winner of the challenge will receive £500.

When you receive the theme and your genre, it is up to you if you want to take part. Once registered, you will be randomly assigned a genre each time a new challenge begins and there will be a new theme for each challenge. If you don’t feel inspired by the theme and genre you can wait for the next challenge! There is no need to re-register each time.

You can join our LOVE-TO-WRITE FACEBOOK GROUP to meet other writers taking part in the challenge, share ideas, get advice and when the challenge ends you can take part in our FEEDBACK EXCHANGE, allowing you to swap stories with other participants to give and receive feedback.




OFFICIAL CHALLENGE RULES

THE ELMBRIDGE LITERARY COMPETITION 2022



The 17th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2022



ENIGMA



The disappearance of Agatha Christie, the Mona Lisa’s smile, Banksy; These are some of the most famous, sometimes infamous, enigmas in history. Whether it’s the Mary Celeste’s missing crew, the Famous Five exploring a treasure island or the nasty thing lurking in Cold Comfort Farm’s woodshed, mysteries have always fascinated us. For the 2022 Elmbridge Literary Competition, The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council are looking for short stories and poems that unravel riddles, disentangle conundrums and resolve enigmas.



Following the success of 2021’s ‘Music’, The Elmbridge Literary Competition is once more open to national and international submissions. Run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, it is open to all ages.



Entry for adults is £5 (see the PayPal link below)

Under 18s entries are free.



Alongside the prizes for each age category The 2022 Competition includes The Elmbridge Prize for the best story or poem in the adult category submitted by an Elmbridge resident.



The Competition will once again run in partnership with publishers Sampson Low, who will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook. (Small and affordable forms of literature, Chapbooks historically were sold on the streets, and covered a range of subjects from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime or disaster.)

For further details about Chapbooks visit:

www.bl.uk/romantics-and-Victorians/articles/chapbooks



The closing date for entries in Monday 28 February 2022.

Full Competition terms and conditions can be found here




Bath Short Story Award 2022




BSSA 2022 OPEN NOW




The ninth Bath Short Story Award is open for entries now and will close on Monday, April 11th at midnight BST. We welcome stories of up to 2200 words on any subject or theme from anywhere in the world. Before entering, please check the rules for more details.
This year, the competition is judged by novelist, short story writer, playwright and writing teacher, Paul McVeigh who has judged many short story awards. Read our interview with him to find out more about him and what he looks for in a short story.
The longlist and shortlist for the 2022 Award is likely to be announced in July 2022 and the winners by August 2022.

Prizes as follows:
£1200, first prize
£300, second prize
£100, third prize
£100, the Acorn Award for an unpublished writer of fiction.
£50 in book vouchers for the local prize, donated by Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath.

Entries: £9.00 each, online only.
Word limit: 2200.

We look forward to reading your stories.
NB. We are not accepting simultaneous submissions this year.Thanks.



If you would like to read the marvellous winning, commended and shortlisted stories from 2021, the 2021 BSSA Anthology is now available from our publisher, Ad Hoc Fiction and from Amazon in paperback. Digital copies coming later.

Bath Flash Fiction Award



Three rounds per year: March to June, July to October, and November to February. Full details in the rules. In summary:
300 word limit.
£1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each.
50 longlisted entrants offered publication in our end of year print and digital anthology. Those accepting receive a free print copy.
Flash Award judge, Karen Jones, shortlists to 20 and chooses the winning, second, third, and two commended fictions.
The current Flash Fiction Award round closes Midnight GMT 6 February 2022.
Winners will be announced by 1 March 2022 on our Winners pages.
Enter the Flash Fiction Award here online.

The Anthology Short Story Award is now open for entries.



Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, this short story award is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Courage’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.
Prizes

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology. The winner will also receive a four-issue subscription to Anthology.
Submission Deadline & Entry Fees:


Early Bird: 30 April 2022 – €10 per story
Deadline: 31 August 2022 – €15 per story


Submit a Short Story


Terms and Conditions
To enter, submit an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of ‘Courage’ with a maximum of 1,500 words.
Entry fee: €10 per story if entered by midnight on 30 April 2022, or €15 per story if entered by midnight on 30 August 2022.
There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. Each submission will require a separate entry form and is subject to a separate entry fee.
There is no age limit.
Submissions will be judged on literary merit, originality and readability.
Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
Copyright remains with the author but Anthology reserves the right to be the first to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained.
Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the rules and conditions.
Prize money will be paid on publication of the winning Short Story in Anthology Magazine.

ANTHOLOGY POETRY AWARD




Entries are now invited for the Anthology Poetry Award.

Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, the Poetry Award is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Dreams’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.
Prizes

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology. The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology magazine
Submission deadline & entry fee

Early Bird: 31 July 2022 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 31 October 2022 – €15 per poem


Submit a Poem




Terms and Conditions
To enter, submit an original, unpublished poem, written in English on the subject of ‘Dreams’ with a maximum of 40 lines.
Entry fee: €10 per poem if entered by midnight on 31 July 2022, or €15 per poem if entered by midnight on 31 October 2022.
There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
There is no age limit.
The closing date for receipt of entries is 31 October 2022 at midnight.
Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
Copyright remains with the author but Anthology reserves the right to be the first to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the poems to further publicise this award is also retained.
Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the terms and conditions.
Prize money will be paid on publication of the winning Poem in Anthology Magazine.

WoLF Poetry Competition 2022

On November 1st 2021, Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its poetry competition to poets from across the globe for the fifth consecut...