The Young Walter Scott Prize

  Full details  The 2021 prize is now open! If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the YWSP is ready to take you on an adventure!  We are the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical fiction writers. The Young Walter Scott Prize 2021 is now accepting entries and closes on 1st November 2021.   You could win a £500 travel grant, an invitation to one of the UK’s best book festivals, and a chance to see your own work in print. Stories must be between 800 and 2,000 words, and set in a time before you were born.  You can find full details, an entry form on our How To Enter page.  

The ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award

  Full details   An annual award of £1,000 for a short story, financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother and generously supported by ALCS. The 2022 award is now open for submissions! Enter Now   Deadline for entries: 31 October 2021 The author must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The author must have had at least one short story published or accepted for publication. The story submitted must be in English and must not be a translation. The story submitted may be published or unpublished. The work must not have been previously submitted for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award.  The work must not exceed 5,000 words. For any queries relating to the prize please contact  

The Ideas Prize

 Full details  Profile Books and Aitken Alexander have partnered to launch The Ideas Prize for the best debut trade non-fiction proposal from an academic. The prize is an advance of £25,000 and a publication agreement with Profile Books. Submissions selected for the shortlist will receive editorial development and support from agents at Aitken Alexander Associates. The competition is open to those with a PhD or an equivalent qualification, graduate-level lecturers in a University or College, and senior researchers at an institute or think-tank. The submission must be for an author’s first trade non-fiction book and must be focused on an area in which the entrant holds a post-graduate qualification. Submissions must be written in English and take the form of a 3,000-4,000 word outline or essay setting out the intended subject, argument and approach for a non-fiction trade book. The closing date for entries is October 31, 2021 and the winner will be selected by a panel of j


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Quill (Queer) Prose Award

 Full details  Ends on October 31, 2021 $10.00 USD Founded in 2015 by Tobi Harper of Red Hen Press, Quill seeks to publish quality literature by queer writers.  The Quill Prose Award is for a work of previously unpublished prose with a minimum of 150 pages by a queer (LGBTQIA+) writer. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. The final judge for 2021 is Kazim Ali . Award is $1000 and publication of awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $10 . Title on cover sheet only , with a 150-page minimum.  Eligibility Guidelines: The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions: A) Authors who have had a full-length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full-length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press; B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press; C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board

The McKitterick Prize

  Full details  T om McKitterick, the former editor of Political Quarterly and author of an unpublished novel, endowed the McKitterick Prize which was first awarded in 1990. It is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished. The 2022 prize is now open for submissions! Enter Now   Deadline for entries: 31 October 2021 The author must be living and over the age of 40 on the 31 October 2021 The author must not have had any other novel published (excluding works for children). The novel must be a full length work in the English language by one author (not a translation, and not a work for children). The work must be a work of 'fiction or imagination or substantially of fiction and imagination'. The work must eithe rhave been first published in the UK between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2021 (and not first published in abroad), or be unpublished. If unpublished, the work must not have been previously submitted to the Mc

The Larry Brown Short Story Award

  Full details  We’re pleased to announce the sixth annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st $500 USD, 2nd $50 USD, 3rd $50 USD, and 4th and 5th will receive a copy of the book Tiny Love: The Complete Stories by Larry Brown. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2022 issue of Pithead Chapel . 2021 Guest Judge: Gabino Iglesias Contest Guidelines Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting The contest is open from August 1st to October 31st of each year The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words No previously published work will be considered The writer’s name and contact information should only appear within the cover letter box in Submittable;   submissions will be judged blindly by our guest judge Again, no identifying information should appear on the submitted manuscript pages There’s a $10 entry fee for each story submission. A discounted submission category is open to BIPOC writers. Writers can