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 @ xe.com 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 @ xe.com 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 The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less.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.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Hackney Literary Awards #seanocarolan.com

This prestigious writing competition recognizes excellence in poetry and fiction with prizes at the national level and for the state of Alabama.

The Hackney Literary Awards, sponsored by the Cecil Hackney family of Birmingham, Alabama, was established in 1969.

The annual competition awards $5,000 in prizes for poetry and short fiction ($2,500 national and $2,500 state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250).

A $5,000 prize is also sponsored by the Morris Hackney family for an unpublished novel. Submissions for the 2016 novel contest are due September 30, 2016.

The 2015 contests are now closed. Winners are posted here.

Submissions for the 2016 Short Story and Poetry contests are due November 30, 2016. Entries must include cover sheet with your contact information and you must complete payment for each submission. Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation of submission.

Submit your original work by uploading your PDF, DOC, DOCX, or TXT file with cover sheet to our website. All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee. Payment is easily processed through our secure online system. Unpaid entries will be discarded before judging.

Complete our online form, upload your work with cover sheet, and pay your entry fee on our secure site. Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation of submission.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize #seanocarolan.com

2016 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 

First Prize: $5000
Second Prize: $1500
Third Prize: $750
Judge: Ron Pretty
Opening Date: 15 July 2016
Closing Date: 22 November 2016

The prize is named in honour of the distinguished Australian poet Ron Pretty, who founded Five Islands Press in 1986, and has himself published eight collections and four chapbooks; most recently, What the Afternoon Knows (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013).
As a publisher at Five Islands, Ron published over 230 books before retiring in 2007. Since this time, Five Islands has maintained its commitment to publishing fine Australian poetry, including the work of emerging and established poets.
The prize will be awarded to a single poem of up to 30 lines, and is open to anyone over the age of 18 years, including overseas applicants.
Entry fee is $25 for the first poem and $10 for subsequent poems. There are no limits on entries. Online submissions only.
A longlist will be announced on the website and longlisted poets notified on 21 January 2017. The shortlist will be announced on the website on 31 January 2017. First, second and third prizes will be awarded by Ron Pretty at an awards night on 3 March 2017.
Read the winning and shortlisted poems, and the judge’s report, from the 2014 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize.
Read an interview conducted with Ron by Anne Elvey, Prize Administrator, here.
Enquiries should be directed to: submissions@fiveislandspress.com.
By entering the competition, the author agrees to the conditions of entry.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

CommonWealth Writers 017 SHORT STORY PRIZE #seanoacarolan.com

The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. All stories submitted must be unpublished, but both unpublished and published writers are eligible to apply. The competition is free to enter.

The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible.

Please check here if you would like to enter your story in:

Bengali – বাংলায় গল্প জমা দিতে হলে এই বাক্সটি চেক করুন।

Portuguese – Se quiser enviar um conto em Português, pode favor clique aqui.

Swahili – Tafadhali angalia hapa kama ungependa kuwasilisha hadithi kwa Kiswahili.


Reed Magazine - John Steinbeck Award for Fiction #seanocarolan.com

Fiction Prize

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.

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.

More info can be obtained here

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Morland Scholarship for African Writers 2017 #seanocarolan.com

Announcement of 2017 Morland Writing Scholarship Awards

The scholarship is only open to writers who were born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa. Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation the successful applicant will each receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of the 2017 calendar year.

How to Apply

To apply for the Morland Scholarship 2017 writers must provide via email:

A sample piece of published prose between 2000 and 5000 words. This can be an individual piece or an extract from a longer work.

A description of between 400 and 1000 words of the project they would complete if successful in their application. This must be a new work, not a work in progress.

A  brief biography of between 200 and 300 words

A scan of an official document showing that they, or both of their parents, were born in Africa.

Applications close on 31 October 2016. The successful writers will be announced in December and commence their scholarship in 2017. For full entry details visit the Miles Morland Foundation website.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The London Magazine Short Story Competition 2016

Autumn is crawling closer, which means The London Magazine‘s Short Story Competition is almost upon us.
The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. Established to encourage emerging literary talent, the award provides an opportunity for publication and recognition, as well as rewarding imagination, originality and creativity. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short storiesunder 4,000 words from writers across the world. The story that wins first-place will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine. The second and third place stories will be published on our website. Prize winners will also be invited to a reception in early 2016.
Entry fee: £10 per short story (there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit)
Opening date: 1st September 2016
Closing Date: 31st October 2016
First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200

Erica Wagner is an author and editor. For 17 years literary editor of The Times, and twice a judge of the Man Booker prize, she is now Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of Gravity: Stories; Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure, a novel. Pas de Deux/A Concert of Stories, co-written with storyteller Abbi Patrix and musician and composer Linda Edsjö, tours around the world. First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner, has just been published by Unbound, and her biography of Washington Roebling, chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
Max Porter

Max Porter is an editorial director of Granta and Portobello Books. His authors include Han Kang, Eleanor Catton, Ben Marcus, Sarah Moss and Caroline Lucas. His debut novel Grief is the Thing With Feathers was published in 2015. It won the International Dylan Thomas Prize and will be translated into 23 languages. He lives in South London with his family.

Angus Cargill is Editorial Director at Faber & Faber, where he was worked since 2000. He edits and publishes writers such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Sebastian Barry, Jane Harris, David Peace, Nadeem Aslam and Lucy Caldwell, as well as non-fiction authors Peter Pomerantsev, Nick Kent and Barney Hoskyns. He also runs Faber’s crime list – which includes Peter Swanson, Chris Pavone, Laura Lippman, Stav Sherez and Alafair Burke, among others – and has published a number of graphic novels, by Emily Carroll, Craig Thompson and Adrian Tomine.

As of 1st September, you’ll be able to apply via Submittable here:
Alternatively, you can download the Short Story Competition 2016 Entry Form to fill in and post with your entry. (N.B. There is no need to complete an entry form if entering via Submittable)
Please read our competition rules carefully before entering.
If you have any questions, please contact Abi at competition@thelondonmagazine.org.
To receive competition updates and all the latest news and offers, sign up for The London Magazine‘s Official Newsletter.Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK WRITING COMPETITION. - Better be Quick #seanocarolan.com

Our new, exciting Writing Competition is Free To Enter and offers a prize of £100 to the author of the best entry, as judged by the Editorial Staff of SeniorTravelExpert.com.

Mohács – Historic Town by the Danube

We are seeking aspiring or established travel writers to send us interesting, original writing relating to the competition theme: Off the Beaten Track.

Your article may be about a fascinating, relatively unknown place near to where you live or that you came across by chance when travelling around, or it may be a totally fictional place. It’s entirely up to you.

The winning entry will be the one that is judged to most effectively persuade readers of theSenior Travel Expert website that the place you describe is somewhere they would very much like to visit.

Although this website is aimed at seniors (meaning anyone 55 years old or above), you most certainly don’t need to be a senior yourself to submit an entry – far from it! Anyone 16 years old and above is invited to submit an entry.

Nantwich – Don’t Pass the Salt!

Entries should be no more than750 words in length, but could be much less, and should be written in English. Entries can be factual or fictional.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions before entering. The closing date for entries is midnight UK time on Friday, September 30th, 2016.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of £100.

Ten Highly Commended Runners-up will each receive a firstwriter.com voucher worth £10, allowing them to take out a free subscription to firstwriter.com, providing access to details of hundreds of publishers, literary agents, writing competitions and magazines!

The winning entry and runner-up entries will be published on this website.

Mount Gambier – The Blue Lake

If you’d like to get some ideas for your article, take a little journey around our site to read some of the articles which fit the competition theme.

For example, see the articles about: Central Portugal,Nantwich in England, Mohács in Hungary, Mount Gambier in Australia and the fictionalCastlecroft.

When you are ready to submit your entry, please fill in the form below, typing or pasting your entry into the 


Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award #seanocarolan.com

Southern Indiana Review will award two prizes of $2000 each and publication for a poem and a work of short fiction.Jericho Brown will select the poetry winner; Adam Johnson will select the fiction winner. All entries are considered for publication. Submit up to ten pages of poetry or forty pages of fiction with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by October 3, 2016.

Click here for complete guidelines.

Click here to upload your entry. Please avoid using marks of punctuation (ampersands, apostrophes, periods, parentheses, quotation marks, slashes, etc.) in your file name. Additional files (maximum of five) must be attached in a single upload to receive the reduced entry fee(s). Additional entries do not have to be in the same genre...it's OK to upload/enter both fiction and poetry. Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Contest mailing address:

Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

2016 Judges

Jericho Brown's first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. Brown is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.

26th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize #seanocarolan.com

$5,000 Fiction |$5,000 Nonfiction | $5,000 Poetry |

Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor and a cash prize.
Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries.
Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.
Entries must be previously unpublished.
Entry fee: $22
Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in print or digital format.
Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and current University of Missouri students and faculty are ineligible.
Previous Editors’ Prize finalists are welcome to enter again.
By mail

Winners will be announced in January 2017.

Questions? E-mail contest_question@moreview.com.

Read a prizewinning story by Melissa Yancy, an essay by Peter Selgin, and a selection from poetry winners Katie Bickham, Kai Carlson-Wee, and Alexandra Teague.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

2016 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition #seanocarolan.com

Introduction from Brian O’Sullivan

With the Celtic Mythology Short Story competition, we’re hoping to collect the best contemporary narratives on Gaelic/Celtic mythology that we can find. Stories from Celtic mythology have been lying dormant in the shadow of “Children’s fairytales” for far too long and we’re determined to haul them back out into the open.

There’s a new wave of Irish/Celtic authors out there, writers ready to draw on their cultural heritage to create a rich and compelling portfolio of new works. We’re hoping this competition is going to help kindle that process!
First Prize

$500 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Second Prize

$250 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Third Prize

$100 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
What We’re Looking For

Any kind of fiction short story will be considered (action, romance, drama, humour etc.) as long as they meet the following criteria:
Celtic mythology or folklore forms a fundamental element of the story (i.e. the characters can be characters from Celtic mythology, the action can take place in a mythological location, mythological concepts can be used etc.).
Any Celtic folklore or mythological reference used should be as authentic as you can make it (for example; no dedicated pantheon of Irish Gods, no werewolves or vampires etc.)
A compelling story/theme, engaging characters. You’re a writer – you know what we mean.

At the end of the day, of course, the success of a story comes down to the judgement of the individual reader and it’s impossible to tell what one person will like over another. The stronger your narrative however, and the stronger the cultural element, the greater your chances of getting through to the short-list. To get a feel for the type of stories that were successful in last year’s competition (and the context behind them) you can download a free digital copy at Irish Imbas: Celtic Mythology Collection. This book can also be found free of charge at most ebookstores.
The Process and Important Dates

1. Submitted stories will be read and assessed by a panel of three judges and a shortlist compiled.

2. The judges will score each story and choose the top three prize-winning stories. The top 5-10 scoring stories will be published in the 2017 Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection. In this respect, Irish Imbas Books retains one-time, non-exclusive publication rights to the top-ten winning entries.

3. Submissions will be accepted from midnight 1 September 2016 to midnight 10 December 2016.

4. This will be an annual competition so any submission received after midnight 10 December 2016 will be automatically entered into the competition for the following year.

5. The shortlist will be announced on irishimbasbooks.com and on the Irish Imbas Books Facebook page before 31 January 2017. An Irish Imbas Books Twitter Account had also been set up to release updates and snippets of writing that impressed us.

6. Winners will be contacted by email.

7. Prize money will be paid to the authors of the three prize-winning stories in February 2017.

8. The Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection will be released in March 2017.

Terms and Conditions
Irish Imbas Books reserves the right to decline a story for entry to the competition for any reason at its absolute discretion.
All successful authors will be contacted by email.
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into once the winners have been announced.
By submitting a story to the competition the author warrants that the story is original, and entirely the author’s own work. The author warrants that the story they have entered does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and is not libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body.
By submitting a story to the Irish Imbas Books Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition the author acknowledges that, free of any fees or royalty payments, their short story and biography:
will be made available for publication in the Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection (digital and hard copy version);
can be used (in whole or in part) in advertising and marketing material in any format via any medium for the purposes of this competition
By entering the competition you agree that Irish Imbas Books may email you with news of subsequent competitions). We hate spam as much as anyone so any email sent to you will enable you to unsubscribe at any time.

How to Enter

The entry fee can be paid by credit card via Paypal using the form here.

Number of Stories

Following payment, submissions must be sent by email as attachments (i.e. not in the body of the mail) to: info@irishimbas.com . See full details in The Rules below.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Rules, Terms and Conditions. Failure to comply with the rules could mean you are disqualified. Although we would not do so arbitrarily, Irish Imbas Books reserves the right to update the terms and conditions at any time.

The Rules
Maximum number of words is 4000 words, excluding the title.
Submissions must be received by midnight 10 December 2016. Submissions received after that date will be automatically enrolled in the 2017 competition and the same conditions apply.
Submissions must be in English
The competition is open to authors residing anywhere in the world.
The submitted stories must be the original work of the entrant.
The submitted stories may not have been previously published (print or online). If you receive a prize and/or are published as part of this competition, we’re more than happy for you to resubmit your story for publication elsewhere, provided we retain one-time, non-exclusive publication rights to the story for the Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Authors will retain copyright of their submitted stories.
Authors can submit up to three stories maximum however each author can only win one cash prize.
Submissions must be sent by email as attachments (i.e. not in the body of the mail) to: info@irishimbas.com
Submissions should include:
The submitted short story(ies) as attachments – Word documents in doc. or docx.
Your name and address in the body of the email
The transaction ID of your Paypal entry fee payment
A short biography (maximum 300 words) in the body of the email (to be used in the Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection)
The email subject line should contain the words: ‘Irish Imbas Short Story Competition Entry – Author Name’.
Judges are only human so if the fonts you use are difficult for judges to read, your entry is likely to suffer as a result. Therefore, please ensure submissions use clear, simple fonts (Times New Roman, Georgia or Arial)
There is a $US 7 (seven US dollars) entry fee for 1 (one) entry, a $US 12 (twelve dollars US) entry fee for 2 (two) entries and a $USD 15 (fifteen US dollars) entry fee for 3 (three) entries.Please pay BEFORE sending your entry.
Submission of a short story to the Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition is taken as acceptance of all the Rules, Terms and Conditions.
Once a submission is received, no refunds of the entry fee will be given under any circumstances.

This year’s competition image comes from Wellington-based artist, Bryan Mahy. You can find out more about him and his work here.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Ireland’s Own 2016 Writing Contests #seanocarolan.com

Entries will compete for €2,200 in prizes.

The Open Short Story section is open to all and carries a prize fund of €1,000 – a first prize of €600; second prize of €200 and two runners-up prizes of €100.

The Beginners Short Story section is restricted to those who have never had a story published before. It carries a first prize of €300 and three runners-up prizes of €100.

Entries for both short story sections should be of approx. 2,000 words, reflect the ethos of Ireland’s Own and be of a non-experimental nature.

Occasionally, stories may need some slight edits or adjustments to comply with our requirements; we reserve the right to make such changes.Your entry in the competitions is deemed an acceptance of this condition.

For the Memories section we are asking entrants to tell us of some special, moment or event in not more than 800 words. It could be about school, holidays, falling in love, getting married, emigrating, a special person you have known, etc. This section carries a first prize of €200 and four runners-up prizes of €100.

In all three sections:

entries should be the original and unpublished work of the sender,
should be typed on one side only of A4 paper, double spacing.
Any number of entries may be submitted, but each story must be accompanied by a €10.00 (£8 Stg) fee, in cheque or money order – post no cash), made payable to IRELAND’S OWN.

Entries must be submitted by post; make sure you include your own name and address on each entry, and also your email address if you have one to facilitate easy contact.

The results will appear in the Christmas Annual in early December.

The winning entries will be published in our Winning Writers Annual next May.

It is our intention to publish an anthology next year featuring the winners and best of the recommended entries.

No entry form is needed; the decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants should retain copies of their work as manuscripts will NOT be returned.

Entries should be posted to: 

2016 Writing Competitions, 
Ireland’s Own, 
Channing House, 
Rowe Street, 

Which section each entry is intended for should be clearly marked on the front or back of the envelope.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition #seanocarolan.com

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition Is Now Open!

Are you an unpublished and unagented writer with an original and exciting story for 7-to-18-year-olds? If so, why not enter our competition. The prize will be a worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House, with an advance of £10,000 (subject to contract), plus the offer of representation from a top children’s literary agent. All longlisted entrants will receive a reader’s report of their work.

This year, we’re delighted to introduce the option of online entry to the competition.

How to Enter

Our annual competition opens on Monday 27 June 2016. The deadline for entries is Sunday 18 December 2016. Any entries received after the deadline will be disqualified.

There are now two ways to enter the competition, online OR (for UK entrants only) by post. Please choose one of these options and follow the instructions below.

1. Enter online

You will need to create a single word document containing the following submission materials:
A page-long, single spaced covering letter explaining why you believe your novel would appeal to children and telling us a bit about yourself.
A page-long, single spaced synopsis of your story. Please include all the main points of your plot in your synopsis, including ‘spoilers’!
The full manuscript, double spaced and in size 12pt font, with numbered pages.

Once you have created your document, please enter here.

If you have any questions regarding entry to the competition, please see ourCompetition FAQs or, if you can’t find your answer, emailhello@chickenhousebooks.com.

Barry Cunningham and the shortlistees at the 2016 Times Fiction Competition judging day.

2. Postal entry

If you would prefer to enter a hard copy of your manuscript, please print out the submission materials outlined above, secure the submission with an elastic band and place it inside a cardboard wallet/folder. Please enclose a cheque payable to Chicken House Ltd for £15, and write your name, address, phone number and email address on the reverse of the cheque. Post your submission and cheque to

Chicken House
2 Palmer Street, Frome
Somerset, BA11 1DS

Please mark your envelope CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION. If you wish us to acknowledge receipt of your entry, you must enclose a self-addressed postcard with sufficient postage attached.

Barry's tips...

... for entering the competition are below!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Birdcatcher Books 2016 Short Story Award #seanocarolan.com

Birdcatcher Books 2016 Short Story Award

The 2016 Award is open for entries from 1st July.

Please click the button below to subscribe to our competitions newsletter. That way you will be the first to receive all the information about this year’s competition.

(NOTE: This is NOT the same as our general newsletter, the sign-up button for which is in the right side bar.)

Meanwhile, to get you thinking, here are some of the Terms and Conditions (to get the full T&C and entry form, you will need to sign up for the newsletter, above.)

By submitting an entry to the Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award 2016, you are agreeing to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions.

Entrants must sign up for Birdcatcher Books competition newsletter, and upon confirming their subscription will receive detailed instructions on how to submit their entries. Newsletter subscribers are free to unsubscribe at any time, but by remaining subscribed they will be able to receive the announcement of winners and also details of future competitions. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that they whitelist competitions@birdcatcherbooks.com so that they receive our email.

The competition is open to Australian residents aged 18 or over on 1st July 2016, except direct relatives of the management of Birdcatcher Books or the judges. Winners of the 2015 Award are not eligible to enter in 2016, but will be eligible again in 2017.

The competition will commence on 1st July 2016 and close at 5pm Melbourne time on 30th September 2016. Any entries received outside of this time frame will be disqualified. Shortlisted entries will be announced via the Birdcatcher Books competition newsletter on 25th November 2016, and winners will be announced in the newsletter and on the Birdcatcher Books web site on 20th December 2016.

First Prize is $250, Second Prize is $100, Third Prize is $50. Short listed entries will be published in an anthology to be released mid-2016 in both print and digital formats (conditional upon there being sufficient entries of a suitable quality.) Authors whose entry is published in the anthology will be able to include a brief biography and a photo and, in the digital format, a live link to their websites.

Please create an 8-digit number as your Entry ID. This is used to link your payment, entry form and entry together so that we don’t credit the wrong person. If you are submitting 3 stories at the same time (see FREE ENTRIES) use the same Entry ID for all 3. Otherwise, create a separate Entry ID for each story.
If you are claiming a free entry by referring 2 other contestants, you will still need to create an Entry ID. You will need to give this Entry ID to your referrals to include on their entry forms.

Entry is $8 per story.
Should some unforeseen circumstance prevent the competition from going ahead, entry fees will be refunded.
In all other circumstances, entry fees are non-refundable.

Entrants may receive a free entry in either of 2 ways:
1. If you enter 3 stories AT THE SAME TIME using the same Entry ID, your third entry will be free (i.e., you only pay for 2.) To do this, you must use Entry Form 2.
NOTE: To receive a free entry, your 3 stories must all be entered at the same time, on the same entry form. If you send them separately you will not receive a free entry.
OR 2. If you refer 2 other people who enter a story each (single paid entry) you will receive a free entry. The contestants you refer must quote your ENTRY ID on their Entry Forms before you can receive your free entry, and you must quote their ENTRY IDs on your form. If you send your entry before they send theirs, yours will be held till theirs are received. If theirs are not received by the end of the competition, your entry will be disqualified. To receive a free entry this way, you must use Entry Form 3.
NOTE: A contestant who is referred by another contestant may not use the referred entry as part of a triple entry to claim a free entry him/herself.
NOTE 2: Contestants may not cross-refer each other, each claiming a free entry.

Stories: Entries should be stories – i.e., they should include the 3 essential elements of characters, setting and plot – not simply memoirs or descriptive pieces.
Length: Entries must be between 1000 and 3000 words, not including the title. Entries that fall outside of this range will be disqualified.
Topic: Stories should be built around the topic “Crossroads.” This may refer to a literal crossroads, or to a metaphorical crossroads or a change of direction for the protagonist.
Title: Please DO NOT include the word Crossroads in your title. Imagine how confusing it would be if we received a hundred stories all titled Crossroads.
Original and unpublished: Entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not have been previously published in any format, either print or digital, nor have won a prize in any other writing competition, even if not published. Entrants undertake not to submit their entries for publication anywhere else, nor to enter them in any other competitions, until after the close of this competition.
Fiction: Entries must be fiction, and not based on any real person living or dead. They must also not use the names of real public figures, other than historical characters (e.g. kings or queens.)
Copyright: Copyright remains with the author, but the author grants Birdcatcher Books the right to publish the story, if chosen, as part of an anthology in both print and digital formats, and on the Birdcatcher Books website, with no further payment being made to the author. If chosen for publication in the anthology, the entrant undertakes not to offer the entry for publication elsewhere until at least 12 months after the release of the anthology.

9. NO-NOs (these things will get you disqualified, with no refund of your fees.)
Identification. DO NOT include your name as a by-line or copyright notice, or in any other form, anywhere on your story.
Suitability: Stories should be suitable for a general-market adult readership – i.e., no children’s stories, no stories aimed specifically at a particular sub-culture. A note to Christians: even though Birdcatcher Books publishes Christian books, this competition and the anthology that (hopefully) will come from it are for the general market, so please write to general rather than Christian themes.
We are looking for WHOLESOME stories suitable for a general market. Please make sure your entry does not contain any of the following, or it will be disqualified:
Foul language – I am prepared to let “bloody” and “bugger” slip in, as they are part of the Australian culture and unlikely to offend anyone. However, overuse of even these words will bring disqualification, and F***, C*** and their derivatives or other similar language will definitely earn you a big D. So will inappropriate use of the words God, Jesus or Christ.
Blatant sex. A hint at sex is o.k. Graphic, blow by blow commentaries or florid descriptions of private body parts are most definitely not.
Graphic violence.
Occult/supernatural themes.
Agenda/Controversial topics. If the aim of your story is to promote a particular agenda or cause rather than entertain readers, then it is not what we are looking for.

Winners of the 2015 Birdcatcher Books Short Fiction Award

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

2016 First Edition Project Children's Book Contest #seanocarolan.com


Manuscript Submissions through October 15, 2016

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be

- Appropriate for children from birth to 5 years old.
(See "Choosing Books for Young Children." click here.)

- 600 words or less.

- Original and not previously published in any form or currently under consideration by another publisher. Retellings of traditional stories, such as fairy tales, will be considered, as long as the manuscript is unique and in the writer's own words.

- Free of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other means of social classification.

Selection Process

- Each manuscript will undergo two rounds of review.

- The first round will be executed by the First Edition Project Editor supported by a team of early literacy experts at Southwest Human Development.

- The second round will be conducted by the Project's Final Review Committee— a group of professionals with expertise in child developmeant, early childhood education, early literacy and/or children's book sales and publishing, as well as the First Edition Project Editor.

- If, during the selection process, no manuscript rises to the top, Southwest Human Development reserves the right to void the contest and not claim a winning entry.

How to Submit a Manuscript


Submit the manuscript as a Word document attached to an email to lcroy@swhd.org.

Email Subject Line: "Manuscript Title – Last Name." For example, "The Cat in the Hat - Seuss."

Note: Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

Word Count: 600 words maximum

How to Format the Manuscript

- Type the manuscript using 12-point Calibri in black ink.

- Double-space the text with no more than 25 lines to a page, except for the first page which begins 5 inches from the top of page one.

- Allow margins of 1 inch on each side of the paper and at the top and bottom of each page.

- In the upper right hand corner of the first page include the following:
Intended Audience:
Word Count:

- Type the TITLE IN CAPS 5 inches from the top of the first page.

- Begin typing the story 4 lines below the title.

- Number each page of the manuscript consecutively in the top right-hand corner, with the exception of the first page, which is not numbered.

Do not include any of the following on the manuscript:
First and last name
Phone number
E-mail address

Do not send illustrations or art direction.
If you are a professionally skilled illustrator and your manuscript is chosen for publication, we may consider the option of publishing an author/illustrator. However, the Project Editor reserves the right to choose and hire a professional illustrator not connected with the entry.

How to Enter the Manuscript

- Download and complete the entry form. Click here.
Note: If the manuscript is co-authored, each writer must complete an entry form.
- Sign the form digitally by opening it in Adobe Reader.
Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Alternatively, print, complete and sign the form. Scan or take a picture of it, save it to a computer and send as an attachment to the email with the manuscript.
- Failure to complete all information or sign and date the form will result in elimination.
- Southwest Human Development employees and members of their families may not enter the contest.

2016 Contest Entry Fee Rules
- Credit card payment is required.
- May 31st - August 31st early bird fee is $50.00.
- September 1st - September 30th entry fee is $75.00.
- October 1st - October 15th, entry fee is $100.00.
- The deadline for entering the contest is October 15, 2016.
- Manuscript entries will be checked against payment records prior to beginning the manuscript review process.
Failure to pay the submission fee will result in elimination.
- To pay the entry fee click here.
- Entry fees are non-refundable and not transferable.
- Entry fees support the publication of the book.
- Funds normally donated to Southwest Human Development to support programs for young children and their families will not be used to support this project.
- Money raised in excess of publication costs will go to benefit the programs and services Southwest Human Development provides for the 135,000 children and families served each year.

Multiple Submissions
- Multiple submissions by a writer will be accepted.
- Each manuscript must have a separate entry form and entry fee.

Download Entry Form

Pay Entry Fee

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