Thursday, 1 November 2018

MTP Agency Short Story Contest



I Their  quest to offer new authors a stage we are hosting a Short Story Competition.



Entries close midnight (GMT, London), February 17, 2019


3,000 words maximum, no minimum


Open to new authors only


ENTER HERE 

have never had a full-length work published


Open to authors worldwide


Multiple entries allowed


English language


Most genres accepted:


fiction


science fiction


non-fiction

e.g. biography, memoir, true story


Entry fee £6 (approx. $8.00 USD)


Winners announced February 25, 2019


Full RULES here

Previous Results






First Prize: £300


Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology (print book and ebook)


Anthology title based on the winning entry title


Publication on this website



Second Prize: £200


Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology (print book and ebook)


Publication on this website



Third Prize: £100


Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology (print book and ebook)


Publication on this website

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize






First Prize – £1,000
Second Prize – £300
Third Prize – £100
Two Highly Commended – £50

We also plant a tree for every single entry we receive in Boré, Kenya and we’ll email you the GPS coordinates of it once the contest has closed and we’ve received confirmation of them from our Word Forest Coordinator.

Additionally, your entry will also help fund the construction of another much needed new classroom in the same community – click here to see the one our previous contests built.

All of this will be done via the newly formed charity The Word Forest Organisation, which was founded as a direct result of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
The Rules in Brief
Open for entries 1st October 2018, through to midnight on 31st December 2018
Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
The theme for short stories and poetry is open
Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted (Click here for the address and postal details)
Open to writers all over the world
Entrants must be 15 or over at the time of submission
Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title
You may submit as many entries as you wish
£5 per entry
Closing date midnight 31st December 2018

Click here to read the rules, Ts and Cs in full.

Your submission will also act as your acceptance of the rules.

Good luck!

The Team

Friday, 19 October 2018

The 2019 DISQUIET Prize



The 2019 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions. Contest winners in the categories offiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2019 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid.

The complete guidelines for the 2019 contest are as follows:

New deadline for 2019: January 10, 2019
Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. We accept entries from all ages and countries.
All entries should be in a standard typeface and 12pt font and in .pdf, .doc or .odt format.
For fiction: ONE short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
For non fiction: ONE piece of non fiction, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
For poetry: No more than SIX poems per entry, up to 10 pages total.
Entrants may submit to any or all categories more than once; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
In the Submittable submission form, please include your name and type of submission (short story, novel excerpt, poetry, non fiction, etc.) e.g. Jane Smith – Poetry
Include your complete contact information (name, address, telephone, email address) in the Submittable form.
Winners will be notified by March 2019.
Previous first place winners may not re-enter in the same genre.

Visit our Submittable page to enter and pay the fee via Paypal. A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition



For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2019' and you send it to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday 13th February, 2019. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2019.

Don't forget to read the terms and conditions in full (below) before you enter. Please remember to register on www.writersandartists.co.uk before submitting your entry.

Good luck!
This year's judge



Alysoun Owen is a publisher with over 20 years' experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for six years and is a regular speaker on how to get published at literary festivals and writer events.
About Arvon

Arvon runs three historic writing houses in the UK, where published writers lead week-long residential courses. Covering a diverse range of genres, from poetry and fiction to screenwriting and comedy, Arvon courses have provided inspiration to thousands of people at all stages of their writing lives. You can find out more and book a course online at www.arvon.org

Terms and conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition 2019.

1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

2. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities, and you don’t have to reside in the UK to enter.

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

4. Writers may submit one entry only.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for our newsletter here if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on www.writersandartists.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where competition updates will also be posted.

6. Entries must be submitted via email to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com with the subject heading: "W&A Short Story Competition 2019"

Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry can appear in the body of the email or as a Word/PDF attachment. As long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on Wednesday 13th February, 2019. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

8. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry on www.writersandartists.co.uk in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

9. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

10. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

11. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

13. The winners of the competition will be notified in March 2019 and the winning entries published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

14. Prizes must be taken by 31st December 2019 and are subject to availability.

15. Bloomsbury are not responsible for travel costs to and from the writing retreat, so if you live outside of the UK, you will be responsible for your own travel costs.

16. The winning prize cannot be exchanged for the monetary equivalent.

17. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

18. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

19. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

20. Please send direct competition queries to waybcustomerservices@bloomsbury.com. Any sent to competition@bloomsbury.com will not be answered.

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2019: Scholarship applications now accepted! - FINAL COUNTDOWN



Registration is now open for the Iceland Writers Retreat. In addition to general registration, which is currently open to all, we have scholarships slots available for those with financial need. 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, 2019.

Please read these guidelines and click on the link at the end of this article to apply.

Who can apply

Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 3, 2019 is eligible to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (anyone is welcome to independently register and attend the event without a scholarship). 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 must fit well with the faculty for the 2019 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 of a “complete package” 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 for the Standard Package only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.

Please ensure that you apply for the most suitable category for you, as if you apply for full funding you are very unlikely to be considered for a partial award. (Note that we usually have many more applications for full funding than partial funding.)

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 are the recipients 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, though, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat. (Please don’t just tell us how you have always wanted to visit Iceland.)

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: Wednesday, 31 October, 2018. Midnight, PST. We will announce the recipients on 3 December, 2018.

*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 and will be advertised in November. We will provide details of this event on our website soon.

**Please note that we are not responsible for issuing travel visas and cannot guarantee that one will be issued for you. However, we would provide all the required supporting letters and our past recipients who have required visas have had no problem being issued with one.






Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2019



This competition will be launching on 17th September 2018. Closing date 7th December 2018. Prizes awarded on the 5th May 2019 in Strokestown.



Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019

1st Prize € 2,000

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

2nd Prize € 700

3rd Prize € 500

Reading fees of € 300 for 7 shortlisted poets

Competition opens 17th September 2018

Competition closes 7th December 2018

Judges: Jo Shapcott & Gerard Smyth

The 10 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2019

Prize winner announced in Strokestown 5th May 2019



Full Details HERE

FISH PUBLISHING SHORT STORY PRIZE


FISH Short Story Prize






Mia Gallagher
judge for 2018/19
Short Story Prize
Summary:

Open

Judge: Mia Gallagher


Word Limit: 5,000


Closes: 30 Nov '18


Results: 17 March '19


Anthology Published: July '19


Entry Fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries)


Prizes:

Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019.
1st: €3,000 plus 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival.
2nd: A week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300.
3rd: €300.
7 Honourable Mentions €200 each.

THE GREGORY O'DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION



About the Prize

1st Prize:
- €1000
- a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre
- paid travel expenses (up to €600) and 4 nights accommodation in Cork city during the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 20-23)
- publication in Southword Journal


2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword

3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword

Ten runners-up will bee published in Southword and receive €50publication fee.

The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of less than 40 lines. 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.

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018 (midnight). Entries will be accepted from the 1st of August.

Cost of entry: €5 per poem or €20 for a batch of five. If you would like to submit more than five poems please make more than one entry.

As the poem is judged anonymously, the entrant's name must not appear in the poem document or on the poem page.


Commonwealth Short Story Prize



Commonwealth Short Story PrizeAbout
The 2019 Short Story Prize
Previous Years' Prizes
Prize Winning Stories
2019 Judges


The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish. The competition is free to enter.

The 2019 international judging panel, chaired by Kittitian-British writer Caryl Phillips, has been announced. Meet the judges here.

The submission window for the 2019 Prize is open and will close 1 November 2018. Find the 2019 rules