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The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of less than 40 lines.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



The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction



The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to host the annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014) once said of himself (referencing a Sonny Criss sleeve note): ‘I am a jazz writer, which is a full-time creative job’. Dinesh had many other occupations, too – lecturing in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill, running workshops and literacy classes in community centres, schools and prisons, acting as Chair of the National Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for Literature Development, as well as being a long-term director of Comma Press. He was also a DJ, playwright, radio presenter, cricket enthusiast and blogger. Dinesh regularly performed to audiences across the UK, as well as in France, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and Nigeria. His short stories were featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and first collected in A Manner of Speaking (Spike Books, 2004). Scent is the first comprehensive collection of his work, published by Comma Press following his sudden passing in December 2014.

Dinesh was a Founding Board Member of Comma (2007-2012), and a Director of Comma Press since it became a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council in 2012. He also lectured in Creative Writing at UCLan for 8 years and was much-loved by everyone he worked with. Amongst these many other things, first and foremost, he was a writer, and he loved to write short fiction, which he posted regularly on his blog (Real Time Short Stories). His sudden passing in 2014 was a shock to all who knew him, and now Comma in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, have set up this prize, in his name, as part of a lasting legacy of his love of writing short fiction.

The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK, and the story you submit must not have been published anywhere else, online or in print. It is free to submit your entry, but only one per writer please. All entries will be made anonymous upon receipt. Entries will be made anonymous upon receipt and will remain so until after the shortlist has been decided.

The 2018 prize was announced on Tuesday 8th May in Preston. The winning story was 'Bakhur' by Lucas Stewart. More info here about the 2018 prize. You can buy the 2018 prize anthology featuring all 10 shortlisted stories from Amazon Kindle for only 99p.


Entries for the next round (2019) will be on the theme of 'Scent', which is the title of Dinesh's posthumous collected works, and entries will open open 14th May 2018 and close 26th October 2018.

You must submit your story electronically. All entries must include a cover letter which states the author’s name, address, email, contact number, and story title. Any entries sent without this information will not be considered. Please send your story entry and cover letter electronically to commaprizes@gmail.com in the form of a Word Doc.

The shortlist will be chosen with the help of UCLan creative writing students, who will then handover the shortlist to our panel of judges, which includes Dr. Naomi Kruger (novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at UCLan), Zoe Gilbert (award-winning short story writer and author of Folk (Bloomsbury, 2018)), Irenosen Okojie (short story writer, curator and Arts Project Manager) and Andy Murray (writer and Film Editor of Northern Soul).

The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an ebook anthology which will be published by Comma Press and sold online. The winner will also have their story published online by our media partner Northern Soul. The prizegiving ceremony and announcement of the winner will take place in May 2019.

Full terms and conditions:

1. The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2018 is organised by the University of Central Lancashire ("UCLan") and Comma Press.

2. The Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and based in the UK who is not excluded by these Rules. There is no upper age limit for entry.

3. Members of University of Central Lancashire staff (who may also be students) and their spouses are excluded from being eligible to enter.

4. The deadline for electronic entries is 5pm (UK time) on Friday 26th October 2018. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.

5. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length. Titles, blank lines and page numbers are not included in the word count.

6. Entrants may submit one story each.

7. All work submitted for consideration must be on subject with the theme of 'scent', and must be the entrant's own original writing.

8. The story entered should not have appeared in print, online or have been broadcast prior to or be published after entry. Work which has been published on public websites, blogs or social media sites can be submitted, but must be taken down before the date of entry and must not be uploaded again until the writer has been notified whether they have been successful in making the shortlist. Shortlisted writers are asked not to publish their story anywhere as it will be included in the shortlist eBook. Work found to be published in print or to have been broadcast or to have appeared on a website outside of these terms will be disqualified.

9. All work must be submitted electronically by email to commaprizes@gmail.com), and must include a cover letter which states the author’s name, address, email, contact number and story title. Without a cover letter the story will not be eligible. Preferably entries should be typed or word-processed, clearly legible and written in English. Entrants should not include illustrations or artwork. Beyond these stipulations, presentation (e.g. font and spacing) is at the entrant’s discretion.

10. Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant's own original work and has not been published (in line with the above); translations into English of work published (in line with the above) elsewhere in other languages will not be accepted.

11. All entries will be assigned an ID number and made anonymous upon receipt. The readers will not be privy to the entrants’ names while deciding on the long list and the panel of judges will not be privy to entrants' names during the reading and judging process of the shortlist. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the winner and runners-up have been decided.

12. If shortlisted, writers should please do their best to attend the special prizegiving event which will take place in the North West in May 2019 where the winner and highly commended entries will be announced and the eBook launched. The winner will be notified in advance of the ceremony to ensure they are in attendance for the announcement.

13. Electronic entries will only be valid if accompanied by a cover letter containing all the necessary information (see 9).

14. Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the Competition by entrants by notification in writing (by email) to be received by Comma Press.

15. Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted; stories cannot be amended, corrected or substituted. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into. So please proof your work thoroughly!

16. Comma Press and UCLan reserve the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules, or made a false declaration on the entry form.

17. Neither Comma Press nor UCLan will accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.

18. Comma Press and UCLan will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data.

19. The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

20. Comma Press and UCLan reserve the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond their control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the competition web page on commapress.co.uk.



21. Submission of an entry will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Competition's Rules. In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of Comma Press and UCLan shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.



Translate at City summer school

Launched in 2007, our translation imprint publishes the best short fiction from around the world. We have translated collections and single stories from over fifteen languages, including Arabic, Icelandic, Bengali and Spanish, among others. Our international authors include Sema Kaygusuz, Pawel Huelle, Larissa Boehning, Atef Abu Saif, and Iraqi refugee Hassan Blasim, described by the Guardian as perhaps ‘the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive'.

We're delighted to partner with the Translate at City summer school on a new literary translation competition. Summer school participants will be invited to submit a sample translation from Arabic into English, with the best translator being commissioned to translate a single story for a forthcoming Comma anthology. The winner will benefit from editorial support and feedback from an in -house editor, and will see their work appear alongside established literary translators.

The 2016 winner, Emre Bennett, was featured in Iraq + 100 (the first ever anthology of Science fiction from Iraq) and a second winner, Perween Richards, was recently commissioned to translate a Palestinian short story to be published in a 2018 collection.

This is a great opportunity for emerging translators to develop their craft, and to be guided through the publishing process by industry professionals.

You can find out more about submitting to the prize on the Translate at City website, where you can also learn about their summer school programme for emerging translators.

We are sorry that there will be no Translate at City Summer School in 2018, due to the decision to close the Translation Centre at City University of London. Course directors Professor Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz are working on transferring to a new university venue for the next summer school, which is planned for 2019. Watch this space for further announcements. We will post more information as soon as we have it.

Friday, 12 October 2018

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize







The 2019 prize will open for entries from October 12th to December 12th 2018.

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its sixth year, the Prize is sponsored by Brunel University London and supported by the African Poetry Book Fund


British-Nigerian writer, Bernardine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, initiated the award in 2012 in order to revitalise African poetry, which at that time was almost invisible on the literary landscape. The Prize planned to draw attention to this poetry and to encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence.


The Prize works closely with the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and since its inception, most of the poets who have been nominated and/or won this award have published chapbooks with the African Poetry Book Fund series of ‘New Generation Chapbook Box Sets’. http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/.

The Prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. It is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have already been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.

For press, media and other professional enquiries only, contact Bernardine Evaristo at Bernardine.Evaristo@brunel.ac.uk. (For the submission email address see Rules.)


Thursday, 11 October 2018

THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE




ABOUT THE PRIZE




The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.


The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.


The shortlist will be announced in March 2019 and the four shortlisted poems will feature in the spring issue of The Moth.


The winners will be invited to a special prizegiving event at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2019.


Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection).


Read about last year’s winner, Natalya Anderson, in the Irish Times.






HOW TO ENTER

The entry fee is €15 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.



You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.


Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Flash 500 Novel Opening and Synopsis



Welcome to the sixth year of our Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition!

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Books? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

This is an annual competition: entries close on 31st October 2018.



Entry fee: £10/€13

Optional Critique of Chapter and Synopsis: £25/€32.50



Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £500

Runner up: £200

More INFO

Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the

Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition Entry Page




Wundor Editions: Poetry Contest 2018



At Wundor, our aim is to champion adventurous writing in all its forms. There is no specific theme for our 2018 poetry contest, other than that we are looking to be surprised. Whatever approach you take to your writing, now is the time to enter your boldest and most imaginative work, to impress us and to stand out among the rest. We encourage entrants to approach this contest in innovative and interesting ways.

The prize is £500. The winner and two runners-up will have their poems published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, too.

The deadline is 30 November 2018 and winners will be announced by the end of the year.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.


Contest Details

The winner will receive £500.

The winner and two runners up will have their poems published on the Wundor website.

The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 or over.

Contestants may make as many entries as they would like. The entrance fee is £5 for one poem or £10 for six poems.

Poems may be of any length.



Contest Rules

Entries must be entirely your own work.

Entrants must own the copyright to their work and we must be able to publish it on our website. The poem must not have been published elsewhere.

Online submissions only. All submissions are to be made through our Submittable portal. Email and postal submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions are final and no changes can be made once they have been submitted.

Entries will be judged by the Wundor Editorial team.

Any entries found to be in violation of submission rules will be disqualified.

Entrance fees will not be refunded.






Monday, 10 September 2018

Please Support Palestinian Artists By Buying This Book




Palestinian author Ahmed Miqdad and co-Author Balqis MZ, delivers his fourth book (a short novel) about living under occupation in Gaza, Palestine. Falastin is the story of two lovers and different stages of their lives such as birth, invasion, massacres, separation, marriage, smuggling sperm from the prison to their ultimate death. This is book can be bought  BUY THIS BOOK HERE!.

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 Strokest...