Sunday, 23 October 2016

Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Entry conditions
First prize: $4000
Two prizes for runners-up: $500 each

The winner will be published in Overland 226, autumn 2017.
This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
The prize is open to writers nationally and internationally, at any stage of their career.
Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories should be formatted at 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
The winning story will be published in Overland; runners-up will be published at Other entries may be considered for publication.
The closing date is 11.59pm, 20 November 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
Winners will be announced in February 2017. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.

Enter the Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016


international writing competitions for unpublished & independently published novelists
NOW OPEN: The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016
JUDGE: Julia Churchill, Literary Agent at AM Heath
SHORTLIST PRIZE: £500 Cornerstones Literary Consultancy vouchers
SUBMISSIONS: 3,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels written for children or young adults
ENTRY FEE: £22 per novel
CLOSING DATE: 20th November 2016
The Bath Children’s Novel Award is sponsored byCornerstones Literary Consultancy

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016 is now OPEN, with entries invited from children’s novelists of any nationality and perspective until 20th November 2016.

We’re looking for all genres of chapter, middle grade and young adult novels – from funny to dark, fashionable to forever, fantastic to futuristic, we’d love to read your manuscript!

This is The Bath Children’s Novel Award’s second year. Inaugural winner Lucy Van Smit was swiftly signed by Sallyanne Sweeney, whilst shortlistee Sophie Cameron accepted an offer of representation from Hellie Ogden. Fellow shortlistee Jane Brittan attracted a Carnegie Medal nomination for her indie-published book. Read the opening chapters of all the winning and shortlisted novels here.

Entries are longlisted by a team of junior judges aged from 7 to 17 and we are delighted to welcome children’s literary agent, JULIA CHURCHILL as this year’s Shortlist Judge. Julia Churchill joined AM Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list.

“I’m always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent.”
Julia Churchill, Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016 Judge

Julia, thank you for judging this year’s prize. How perfect will a manuscript need to be for it to win?

I’d love to find perfection, but I don’t expect it. I’m looking for a spark of talent and intent that inspires me.

What qualities do you look for in Chapter Books / Middle Grade / YA?

It’s different every time. Each book has its own special qualities. Broadly, I’d say focus, clarity and momentum. Specifically, maybe a clever concept that’s so neat I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before, or a low key spareness to the writing, or a character that I think can run and run.

At this stage, how important is the title and what will you be looking for in a synopsis?

A good title is an asset, but it’s not vital by any means. Not at this stage. In a synopsis, I look for a clear spine to the story.

Any advice on word counts?

As long as the book needs to be. I think every serious children’s author should have a sense of the length expectations for each age group/genre. But some books can happily fall outside of the norm.

Any first page pet hates?

It’s not a pet hate, per-se, but I see a lot of submissions that start with an alarm clock going off and the character waking up. And in that case the writer has likely made the decision to start the book on the morning of the day that something happens, rather than when something actually happens.

What was the last children’s book which made you laugh / cry?

I recently re-read Goodnight Mr Tom, which moved me to tears. And the Emer Stamp books make me laugh.

What’s top of your wishlist right now?

I don’t generally have a wishlist. I’d like to find a quality commercial project, and it could be a chapter book, or a YA novel, or anything in-between. A love story, a thriller, an adventure, a character based young project, a verse novel. Who knows!? That’s the fun of it.

What makes you want to sign a writer?

I’m looking for voice, concept, character and story. Debut writers I’ve helped to break out include Sarah Crossan, Sarah Lean, Michelle Harrison, Pip Jones, Jenny McLachlan, Rebecca Westcott.

Do you represent novelists who also write for adults?

I do, but only for existing clients who diversify into writing for adults.

Best and worst aspects of your job?

Selling books for authors. I honestly get as much personal satisfaction from a ten publisher auction that ties up in days, to a selling book that takes a year to place, for a modest advance. It’s all about finding a home for each project. And the worst aspect is not selling books. Of course that can happen too, and it’s very disappointing. But it may be the subsequent project that breaks the author out. This is a long term business.

Lastly, any other advice for entrants?

Don’t rush to get it in. Take your time. That last read through with a red pen when you realise that you can leave a scene much earlier than you do, or that midnight brainwave you have about how to elegantly transition to chapter 2, may make a big difference. Good luck, I’m looking forward to reading your work!
The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016 Rules
The Bath Children’s Novel Award is a competition for unpublished and independently published writers. Entrants should not have accepted a traditional publication offer for a novel. For the purposes of the competition, a ‘traditional publication offer’ is defined as an offer to publish a novel with advance payment.
Novels should be for children who are able to read for themselves, or young adults. Picture books and graphic novels are not eligible.
Entrants must be unagented.
Submissions should include (up to) the first 3,000 words of your novel plus a one page synopsis. Your novel extract should be double-spaced in a size 12 font and include the title. Your synopsis should be single-spaced in a size 12 font. As entries are read ‘blind’, please do NOT include your name anywhere on the extract and synopsis document.
In your email (or covering page for postal entrants), state your name, address, telephone number, novel title, genre, extract and approximate full manuscript word count, plus your method of entry fee payment.
The entrance fee is £22 per novel. You may enter as many novels as you wish.
Longlisted entrants will be announced early December 2016 and asked to submit their full manuscript for the final judging stages. Shortlisted entrants will be announced in December 2016.
The winner of The Bath Children’s Novel Award, as judged by Julia Churchill, will be announced in January 2017 and receive £2,000 plus a Minerva trophy, designed byJessica Palmer
One shortlisted writer will receive £500 in vouchers from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy which may be used towards any editorial report or mentoring hours in either Cornerstones’ US or UK house. There is no cash alternative to this prize.
Entries close 20th November 2016.
Full manuscripts may be any length, however as a guide, we recommend 6-10,000 for a chapter book, 40-60,000 for middle grade and 50-70,000 words for YA (or longer for fantasy novels).
Novels must be your original work and in English.
Entries are open to writers aged 16 years and over of any nationality and based in any country.
Entrants retain full copyright of their submissions, however by entering, all entrants give The Bath Novel Award permission to post the first 3,000 words of any shortlisted entries on our site.
The winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes.
Entrants employed by The Bath Novel Award or AM Heath Literary Agency are not eligible.
Submissions cannot be altered after entry.
Entries which do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified.
How to Enter

To enter a novel for The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2016, please first pay the entry fee of £22 per novel by one of three options:
Bank transfer: account number 22562591 (“The Bath Novel Award”) Sort Code 60-24-77, referencing your novel’s title
Debit/credit card or PayPal payment via the below ‘Buy Now’ button

Cheque/postal orders (£GB only) payable to “The Bath Novel Award” and sent to: The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK

Then submit your novel by one of the two below options:
ONLINE: Email your novel extract (first 3,000 words maximum) and synopsis (one page) together in ONE attachment, preferably pdf or Word, to: quoting your novel’s title in the subject box. In the text of your email, please state your name, address, telephone number, novel title, genre, extract and full manuscript word counts, plus your method of entry fee payment. Please also mention if payment was made under a different name or on a different date. We acknowledge online entries by return email, usually within 24 hours.
POSTAL: Mail your novel extract (first 3,000 words maximum) and synopsis (one page) to: The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK together with a covering page stating your name, address, telephone number, novel title, genre, extract and full manuscript word counts, plus your method of entry fee payment. Please enclose an SAE if you wish to receive a postal acknowledgement.

2015 Winner
LUCY VAN SMIT for HURTS SO GOOD (YA Psychological Thriller)

“With an incredibly strong voice and sustained suspense, HURTS SO GOOD is a YA thriller that had me at the edge of my seat from its arresting opening to the epic finale. Norwegian fjords, an abandoned wolf reservation, and dealing sensitively and powerfully with the darker side to religion and relationships – what’s not to love?” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Lucy Van Smit: “I’ve always loved thrillers and wanted to write about a girl who must choose between the love of her life, and being able to live with herself. Entering the Bath Children’s Novel Award fired me up to finish my manuscript. I was in Kilarney, on the Robert McKee’s Story seminar, when I got long-listed, and had a week to send in the full manuscript. Each day, I studied ten hours with McKee, and edited through the night, finishing at 05.30 on the final Sunday, only to find the WiFi wouldn’t send the file! The shortlist knocked me out, especially as young, and adult, judges read your work. They characterised my story as ‘a daring, wolfish Nordic Noir.”

Lucy lives in London with her husband and teenage son. As a TV producer, she has made documentaries about writers including Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, but always had the feeling she was a writer too. After her 10+ novel, Invisible by Day, won the first SCWBI Slushpile Competition, Lucy took an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she began writing Hurts So Good. Lucy is now represented by 2015 judge, literary agentSallyanne Sweeney.

Read Lucy’s winner’s interview here.

Read the first chapter of Hurts So Good here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.

Left to right: Bath Children’s Novel Award 2015 Winner Lucy Van Smit; Bath Novel Award Founder Caroline Ambrose; 2015 Judge, Literary Agent Sallyanne Sweeney & Cornerstones Lit US’s Dionne McCulloch

2015 Runner Up

“Jake accidentally shrinks his mum and things go downhill from here, with hilarious consequences. 92-year-old Ernie is the neighbour everyone should have (particularly in a situation such as this), and I loved their dynamic. Laugh-out-loud funny, silly and with a fantastic voice. I think the author has serious potential as a comic writer for the middle-grade market. It stills makes me smile” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Sharon Tandy: “Before I began THE MINIATURES, I had partially written an older, gritty story about children that could fly and wanted to migrate to foreign lands they’d heard about. But, as writing checklists always say, I decided to have a go at ‘write what you know’… and for me that’s making children giggle. Having two boys helped enormously. I feel The Miniatures is a story they can easily read and relate to. There are over-the-top antics, but also a core sense of ‘doing right’ with a little bit of mischievousness to boot.”

Sharon lives with her husband and two young sons in Kidderminster, where she has worked as assistant to the Mayor for the last eight years.

Read our interview with Sharon here

Read Sharon’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.


“This was a brilliantly gritty and tense YA novel and the characters were very strong. The suspense was well done and sustained throughout, and I loved the setting and premise. The writing is great and there is strong commercial potential here” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Jane Brittan:“I studied English Literature badly many years ago and did a Masters in Creative Writing less badly in 2010. That’s what really got me back into writing stories. I started writing THE EDGE OF ME back in 2011 and the central character, Sanda, came to me as a voice in the middle of the night. Just a voice is all I had but it felt so real, so urgent, so believable that I had to let her live – to set her free. The Bosnian War happened when my sons were very little, and the reports of what was happening to ordinary people so shocked me. They stayed with me, and because I wanted to write a book that felt real, that came out of conflict and might resonate with young people, I knew it was right to go back there. As a writer, I’m drawn to cruelty, darkness and the ‘gothic’, but I like redemption and salvation too.”

Jane works with Animation and Illustration undergraduate students on storytelling. She has two grown up sons, a daughter and three stepsons and lives in North London. The Edge of Me is independently published byBlowfish Books and is currently nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

Read our interview with Jane here

Read Jane’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.


“This had a fantastic opening and the author did a brilliant job of establishing the tone, premise and relationships from the outset. I loved the dynamic between Jaya and her dad and the concept is really exciting. The writing was very filmic and atmospheric. This is an exciting and interesting YA author who I’m sure we’ll hear more about in the future” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

Sophie Cameron: “OUT OF THE BLUE was written earlier this year – though the idea first came to me in 2010, inspired by Barcelona street artists and Lynx’s ‘Angels Will Fall’ advert, amongst other things. In Out of the Blue, angels have started falling from the sky, each dying on impact and the world becomes obsessed with finding a living angel.”

Sophie is based in Edinburgh, where she works as a Marketing Officer for TRACS (Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland). She has a postgraduate certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and was formerly a mentee on the WoMentoring project. Out of the Blue went on to be longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award and a finalist in SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2016. Sophie has now signed with literary agent Hellie Ogden. Read our interview with Sophie here.

Read Sophie’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.


“I loved the Kenyan setting here and the premise to the novel was very exciting. Neema is a strong character who I think children will relate to and the author draws the reader immediately into her world. A very interesting and enjoyable read” – 2015 Judge, Sallyanne Sweeney.

RED GOD / BLACK GOD originated during a field trip to Kenya whilst Dorothy was studying for an MA in Writing for Children at the University of Central Lancashire. It tells the story of Neema, a fourteen-year-old Maasai girl who takes a stand against Maasai tradition.

Dorothy is a Literacy and Creative Writing tutor and freelance writer of children’s fiction and educational materials with many years experience of teaching English. Dorothy lives in the north east of England and has published her novel on Createspace.

Read Dorothy’s first chapter here in our special compilation post of 2015’s winning and shortlisted novels.

Read our interview with Dorothy here

Janine Beacham The Butlers of Silvercrest Hall
Lilian Butterwick A Silent World
Sarah Day I’ve Heard Stories
Mark Dlugash The Takeover
KF Goodacre The Elder Throne
Hayley Hoskins Finding Polly
Alex Ivey The Glass Hotel
Rob Keeley Childish Spirits
Olivia Kiernan Holly Stone: Into the Spider’s Web
Libby O’Loghlin Charlotte Aimes: The Great Alpine Adventure
Mandy Rabin The Girl Who Tangled Time
Honey Stavonhagen Hope Grayling the Blind Detective

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is sponsored byCornerstones Literary Consultancy

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Doolin Writers’ Weekend Competition

The Doolin Writers' Weekend takes place annually in February and is an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, music and food and has something for every level of writer from beginners to expert wordsmiths and lovers of literature alike. ‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw & Dylan Thomas and each spring Hotel Doolin invites the best of Irish writers back west.

Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce Doolin Writers' Competition 2017 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction and the closing date is January 13th 2017. This year Rita-Ann Higgins will judge the poetry competition, Sinead Glesson will judge the Short Story and E.M Reapy will judge the Flash Fiction Category.

Meanwhile Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 3rd-5th February for the 5th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Co. Clare with again play host to some of the country’s leading writers.

Writers making their way west this spring include Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Rita-Ann Higgins, Alan McMonagle, Karl Parkinson as well as Stinging Fly Editor Declan Meade, Editor of the Award winning ‘Long Gaze Back’ Anthology Sinead Glesson, literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney, commissioning editor of Harper Collins, Anna Kelly and many more to be announced.

‘It’s a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix, as Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of fiction says, “there is no VIP room in Irish Literature,” and this is true also for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, one of the key aspects of the festival for us is that it has the feel of a community with people joining us here every year and just picking up where things left off, audiences and artists feeling at one and enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend.’ Donal Minihane- Event Organiser- Hotel Doolin General Manager

‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John & Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.’

2017 Judges

Rita-Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway. She has published ten collections of poetry, her most recent collection Tongulish was received to great acclaim.

Tongulish, finds Higgins as intensively inventive and deliciously subversive as ever… The rebellious, innovative Higgins is one of his [James Joyce’s] distinctive heirs. Like Joyce, she knows just how to beat up the English language and her use of mythology, Irish language and Ireland’s past put her own inimitable stamp on her bang up-to-date present.’ – Martina Evans, The Irish Times

Rita Ann Higgins’s readings are legendary. Raucous, anarchic, witty and sympathetic, her poems chronicle the lives of the Irish dispossessed in ways that are both provocative and heart-warming.

Higgins has a talent for tuning into our everyday lives, making the ordinary border on the epic, suggesting something more sinister from the ostensibly mundane… Her language is rooted in the vernacular. She could be called the people’s poet. – Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner [on Tongulish]

E.M Reapy

E.M. Reapy is from Mayo, has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast and was the founding editor of Her work has been published internationally and she has read at festivals and events in Ireland, the U.K., the U.S., Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, she represented Ireland and was listed for the PEN International: New Voices Award. She was one of the writers featured in 'The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers' and she received an Arts Council Literature Bursary to complete her debut novel Red Dirt which was published by Head of Zeus in June 2016.

Sinéad Gleeson

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, broadcaster, critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She is the editor of three short story anthologies including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards.The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland was published in October 2016. Her non-fiction has been published in Banshee, Granta, Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons and Winter Papers. A short story appeared in the Looking at the Stars anthology. She is currently working on a book of essays and a novel.

For the Competition Terms & Condition Click Here

For Postal entries please post your submission to Doolin Writers' Competition Entry with a cover letter with your name, email address and contact number and with the €10 Fee in a cheque or Postal order form made payable to Hotel Doolin. Your name and contact details must appear only in the cover letter and not the story or poem.

For online submissions please click the below submitable button

If you have any queries, please contact:
Donal Minihane
Hotel Doolin
Co. Clare

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else.
I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be." -Ken Venturi

 International Call For Entries - Writers from all around the world are welcome


Now in its sixth year, the Atlantis Short Story Contest *2016* opens its gates. Authors from all around the world are welcome to enter the one and only contest that offers a criqitue for every participating story!

You can submit your short story here !
Quick & Easy Submission Process

Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction

The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story and finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review. Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems).

Standard Submissions:

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be typed, double-spaced, with standard 1" margins and size 12 Times New Roman font.

We consider short stories with a maximum of 30 pages.

We consider up to 5 poems with a combined 15 page maximum.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us of publication elsewhere.

Submissions should include a cover-letter complete with contact information and the name(s) of your story or poem(s).

Contest Submissions:

Submitters for the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in poetry are to adhere to the same standards as above, barring the 5-poem maximum. Submissions to be considered for the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize should be exactly three poems, no fewer and no more, with a maximum length of 15 pages.

Submitters for the Chris O'Malley prize in fiction are to follow the same standards as listed above.

A note on the submission fee:

Although we hate the idea of further burdening penniless poets, we have decided to charge two dollars per submission. Rest assured, the change we'll be collecting (about what you would have spent on postage) will be put to good use. Thanks for understanding. And your money.



Art submissions should be submitted through the new art folder. Please read all guidelines under category. Please include a cover letter.



The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story (30 page max), and the finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in the issue of The Madison Review.

The Madison Review accepts contest submissions from September 1st through November 1st.

Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems). Updates on the contests can be found on our blog and our Twitter feed.

Please see the Madsion Review website for more information.

These contests are open every Fall Semester from September 1st to November 1st. Submit Now.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016



Are you looking to become a first-time Young Adult or Adult fiction author?

Do you have what it takes to become a best-selling writer?

If so, please enter The Mercier Press Fiction Competition. We will be accepting submissions from unpublished authors from 21 September 2016 to 1 February 2017. In addition to a publishing deal the winner will receive a €1000 cash prize.

The publishing deal includes:
Professional cover design, including provision of cover image
Professional typesetting and interior layout design
Consultation with editor
Upload to eBook retailers, including Amazon
Marketing & Publicity Campaign

The €1000 cash prize is paid upon sign-off of final manuscript. Long-list will be announced in April 2017. Short-list announced in May 2017. Winner will be announced in July 2017 for publication in June 2018.

To enter please submit a minimum of 10,000 -12,000 words of original fiction aimed at young adults or adults ONLY as well as a 1000 word synopsis of the full novel to The completed manuscript should be no more than 100,000 words.

Full terms and conditions available here.

Entry form available here.

Please note you are only eligible to enter if you have not had a novel published or released into the public domain in any format, including but not limited to the internet. The competition is looking for new work.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Devil’s Lake - Driftless Prize


Devil’s Lake is now accepting entries for its annual Driftless Prizes in Poetry and Fiction.

The deadline is October 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Winners will be announced in November 2016 and will receive $1,000 and publication in our Spring 2017 issue. The entry fee is $15, and all entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your work.



Eduardo C. Corral (Poetry) is the author of Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012), which was chosen by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He is the recipient of a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He lives in New York.

Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction) is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. It was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative,Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and Willapa Bay AiR, as well as a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer. She’s been on the faculty in the M.F.A. programs at University of Michigan and Warren Wilson. She is an assistant professor at Princeton University.

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests. Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 2500 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $300 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $300

Judge: Brenda Carre

Entry fee: $20
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $15
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature
Editorial critique: $25

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 250 and 2500 words in length. Multiple entries welcome. Total entries limited to 200.

Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literatureeditors for only $25 more. Critiques are sent out after the judging is over.

Submission Guidelines

Send your stories(s) in separate .docx, .doc, or .pdf files to The document should not include your name or identifying information other than the title and text of the poem. In the body of the email include
Your name and contact information
The number of stories submitted
The title(s) of the stories(s)
Where you heard about the contest (optional, but we like to know how word spreads!)

You can use the paypal button below to add your payment to the shopping cart on the sidebar. If you are submitting multiple stories you can pay for them together by altering the quantities in your shopping cart. If you would prefer to pay by cheque or e-transfer contact us at pulpliteraturepress(at)

7th Annual James Hearst Poetry Prize

Contest Information:

All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2017 issue.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

2017 Hearst Judge:
Major Jackson
Deadline: October 31st, 2016
Entry fee: $20.00

All entry fees include a one-year subscription. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled through our online submission system.

If you are unable to upload your submission, please call us at 319-273-3026 for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts, please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in writers’ trade magazines and on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well—too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter—both open and closed forms.


Friday, 7 October 2016

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

How to enter
Preparing Your Entry
Pricing and Deadlines

Thursday, 6 October 2016

John Steinbeck Short Story Award

Please keep fiction submissions under 5,000 words.

It makes us very happy when your submission has page numbers, and it makes us even happier when you list the word count somewhere on the first page.


John Steinbeck Award for Fiction This award is for a work of fiction up to 5,000 words and requires a reading fee of $15.The winner of the John Steinbeck Award receives a cash prize of $1,000.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Burt Award For Caribbean Literature

The 2017 Burt Award For Caribbean Literature Is Now Open For Submissions!

Click here to download the Award guidelines and entry form.

The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – with the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation and in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, the Award aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean.

The intent of the prize is to champion literacy, build language skills and foster the love and habit of reading amongst youth and young adults.

Up to three prizes will be awarded each year to the authors of the winning titles: a First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,000 copies (only publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean are eligible). Copies purchased by the program are donated to select libraries, schools and literacy organizations for distribution throughout the region.

Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the award. Books published between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016 and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by 31 October 2016.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship


The Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship is an annual program designed to encourage and identify new talent in the field of independent cinema by awarding one screenwriter each year with an all-expenses paid trip to the Sundance Film Festival and an opportunity to meet with Producer Cassian Elwes (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Each year, The Black List will choose ten screenplays imbued with an independent spirit by unrepresented screenwriters, which will be sent on to Mr. Elwes for his consideration. The short list will be determined in early December and the Fellowship recipient will be selected by Mr. Elwes by calendar year's end.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Win a Writer’s Retreat in Iceland

The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2017.

Who can apply
Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 5, 2017 is eligible to apply. The winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.* Candidates do not need to be professional writers, but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests should fit well with the faculty for the 2017 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).
Family members of the judges and those who have already attended the IWR are not eligible to apply.*
What does it cover?
Entrants can apply for either full or partial funding. Full funding covers all participation in the Iceland Writers Retreat, as detailed on our website (including accommodation). The scholarship also includes round-trip flights to Iceland.
Partial funding covers the participant fee only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.
The award does not include airport transfers, travel insurance, travel visas (if applicable), other incidentals or meals not listed in the itinerary, or the Relax & Write extension.
How will the recipients be chosen?
The recipients will be chosen based primarily on two factors: a) The potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and b) his/her need for financial support to be able to attend. We will also evaluate based on the other questions in the application, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat.
The applicant should also be available for media interviews before and during the Retreat, and be able to explain how s/he would help to share their experience with others after the fact. This may include being asked to prepare a short report on their experience to be published on the IWR website.
Applications will be reviewed by a group of IWR alumni. The final decision on the award recipient will be made by the IWR Founding Directors.
Deadline for applications: Monday, 31 October, 2016. Midnight, PST. 
*If this financial stipulation does not apply to you, or if you have already attended the IWR, please consider entering our writing competition, which is open to all. We will provide details of this event soon.
Reykjavik pond ©RomanGerasymenko
About the Iceland Writers Retreat
Held for the first time in April 2014, the Iceland Writers Retreat is an event comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. Faculty in 2017 include Sara Gruen, Nadifa Mohamed, Vilborg Davíðsdóttir, Madeleine Thien, David Lebovitz, and Meg Wolitzer. The Iceland Writers Retreat was named one of the world’s best writers’ retreats by the Sydney Morning Herald, and one of the top 10 “Events to travel for in 2014” by Four Seasons Magazine.
About the IWR Alumni Award
This is the second time the IWR Alumni Award has been granted. It is so named because it has been funded by former IWR participants. We are extremely grateful for their generosity.
The 2016 recipients of the Award were Megan Ross and April Wolfe.
To apply, click here.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


1st Prize €1000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland*.

2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword

3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword

Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.

*(First prize roughly equivalent to $1125.48 USD/ £849.14 GBP @ on 24th August 2016.) Payments will be subject to exchange rates valid on date payment is issued. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival.) The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit institution, an officially registered charity in the Republic of Ireland Charity. No. 12374. All entry fees received in this competition will be disbursed in prize money, judge's fee and to fund services the Centre provides to writers and readers.

The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1125.48 USD/ £849.14 GBP @ on 24th August 2016), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.

Due to the large volume of entries, the judge will not be able to notify the authors of non-winning poems or give individual feedback. A shortlist will be posted on our website in late January and the winners will be announced during the Cork International Poetry Festival. We recommend signing up for the Munster Literature Centre newsletter if you would like to be kept up-to-date with all competition developments directly.

The 2017 Judge: Mary Noonan

Submission Guidelines

1. The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

2. Entries should be typed. As this competition is judged anonymously, the entrant's name and contact details must be on a separate piece of paper. If you pay by Paypal, please quote the receipt number and the email address payment was issued from. Please also include a note about how your heard about the competition. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Your name should not appear on the same page as the poem to ensure anonymity. No entry form is necessary.

3. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five. For postal entries from UK entrants, you may pay UK£5 per poem, or UK£20 per batch of five. Entrants outside of Ireland & the UK must pay by Paypal--the correct Euro amount will be deducted from your account or credit card in your own currency. You may submit as many entries as you wish. Withdrawn poems (for any reason) will not be eligible for refunds. Cheques and drafts from Ireland and the UK must be made payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE. No cash. No postal orders from outside of the Republic of Ireland, please, as they cannot be redeemed outside of the country of origin. (Postal Orders purchased within the Republic of Ireland are a suitable form of payment.)

Our secure online payments are handled by PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account;
all major credit and debit cards will be accepted.

To identify your payment:
Please note the Receipt Number that PayPal gives you on-–screen after completing your payment, and in your payment–-receipt e–mail, and include it in your e–mail submission of poems (or on your postal submission).
Additionally, only if your PayPal name differs from the Poet’s Name, please include the PayPal name on your e–mail or postal submission. No need to add anything in the ‘Note to Seller’ box.
Our PayPal options allow payment for up to 5 poems at a time.