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The Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize 2021

  Full details Deadline: Wed 30 Jun 2021 In memory of distinguished Aberdeen poet Gerard Rochford, this new international poetry competition organised by the Mist and Mountain Creative Residency in collaboration with Gerard Rochford's Literary Executors invites writers to submit an original poem (max 40 lines) on the theme of 'Family'. The winner will receive a large, bespoke commemorative plate, courtesy of Campbeltown Pottery, featuring an excerpt of Gerard Rochford's  poetry  and £150. Two runners' ups will each receive a small, bespoke commemorative plate and £50. Entry is FREE but limited to one poem per individual entrant. Judge: Dr. Wayne Price  Find out more on the Mist and Mountain Creative Residency  website Deadline: midnight (UK time) Wednesday 30 June 2021

Present tense Lit mag

 Full details  Present Tense is a literary magazine of new writing. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative non-fiction with a strong sense of place. In our fractured times, we want to create a meaningful space for dialogue, to find the common ground, to listen and unearth, to join the dots between writing, reading, and dreaming. Our commitment to writers is simple: We will accept unsolicited submissions We will take care of your words We will pay you within 30 days of publication Present Tense will be published biannually in print. A selection of pieces will also appear online. Each issue of the magazine will offer at least 144 pages of ruminations and 16 sides of carefully curated advertising. Advertise from just £50. For a media kit please email:  

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Award

 Full details The 2021 Queen Mary  Wasafiri  New Writing Prize is open for submissions until 31 May 2021 at 5pm BST.  You can read the full Terms and Conditions and enter the prize here .   Representing more of the globe than any other prize of its kind, the prize supports writers who have not published book-length works, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. The winners of each category received a £1,000 cash prize and will be published by  Wasafiri  in print. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on the Wasafiri website. All fifteen  shortlistees  and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression.   Every writer recognised by the prize, running since 2009, remains part of the  Wasafiri  community, and is supported by the magazine a

Flash 500 Novel Prize

  Full details  Welcome to 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 (max 750 words) of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by Headline Publishing ? 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 to be submitted together in a single file. 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 

Anthology Poetry Award

 Full details  Terms and Conditions To enter, submit an original, unpublished poem, written in English on the subject of ‘Freedom’ with a maximum of 40 lines. Entry fee: €10 per poem if entered by midnight on 31 July 2021, or €15 per poem if entered by midnight on 31 October 2021.  There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. There is no age limit. The closing date for receipt of entries is 31 October 2021 at midnight.  Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone. Copyright remains with the author but  Anthology  reserves the right to be the first to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the poems to further publicise this award is also retained. Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the terms and conditions. Anthology  reserves the right to change the prizes in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  

Anthology Short Story Award

  Full details Anthology Short Story Award 2021 The Anthology Short Story Award is now open for entries.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our  online shop . The winner will receive a €500 cash prize  and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of  Anthology . The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology magazine Submission Deadl

The Kurt Brown Prizes

 Full details  The Kurt Brown Prizes Submissions for the Kurt Brown Prizes are now being accepted via Submittable . The application period ends May 14, 2021. AWP will offer three scholarships of $500 each to be awarded to three first-place winners in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. These scholarships must be used to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency at one of the AWP member programs in the Directory of Conferences & Centers . All winners and six finalists will also receive a one-year individual membership. In 1990, Kurt Brown founded WC&C, a coalition of writers’ conferences and festivals, to help these groups support one another and thrive. Kurt was a friend and mentor to many writers, a poet, editor, memoirist, essayist, teacher, and administrator. Today, the group he founded is an important part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, wi

The Black Orchid Novella Award

 Full details  Contest Procedures Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and submitted by the deadline. Entries must be postmarked by May 31 of the submission year. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack's Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, the first Saturday of December. The Black Orchid Novella Award is a blind contest. In order to be considered, your manuscript must follow the standards set out below exactly. Your manuscript must: Be typed and printed in Times Roman, 12 pt., double spaced, single side only, with 1 inch margins. All pages must be numbered. Be a copy—please keep the original—manuscripts will not be returned Contain two cover sheets: Top cover sheet should list your name, address, phone number, novella title, word count, and number of pages The bottom cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript, the word count, and the number of


  Full details  Horror Writing Contest Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission. Deadline: Jun 27th Enter This Contest Your Name Email Address Password Are you human? I agree to the Terms of Service OR Created by Fa

Reedsy Prompts

  Full details  Win $50 in our short story competition 🏆 We'll send you 5 prompts each week. Respond with your short story and you could win $50!  

Bridport Prize

 Full details  Key dates in 2021 Save these dates to keep you ahead of the competition. 31 May Competition deadline! 19 July Novel long-list announced here on the website and social media. 1 September Novel shortlist announced here on the website and social media. Early to mid-September Winners and shortlisted writers in poetry, short story and flash fiction contacted. Late September All other writers contacted. 23 October Awards ceremony. 25 October Results published here on the website and social media. November Our 2022 competition opens!  

Flypaper Lit

  Full details Flypaper is 100% committed to changing the culture in publishing and is especially interested in work from PoC, queer, women, neurodivergent, immigrant, disabled, and other underrepresented writers in the literary world. FPM also loves receiving submissions from writers with some relation to Ohio, though this is in no way a requirement to submit.  We refuse to publish any work that is racist, queerphobic, xenophobic, fascist, or hateful in any way. Additionally, we refuse to publish writers whose work may not espouse these views but who personally do. Note: We reserve the right to remove your work from our publication should Flypaper become aware of incidences of improper behavior, plagiarism, hate speech, patterns of abuse, or other stipulations not enumerated here. We reserve the right to do so without notice and the bar you from future submissions. Flypaper believes writers should be paid for their work and are able to pay $10/ piece, we wish it could b

Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2021. For young people who enjoy writing stories!

  Full details  The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is now open! The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is an annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the prestigious Branford Boase Award (BBA) . The competition is open to anyone aged 19 or under. Each year there are hundreds of entries from all over the UK, often thanks to the encouragement of teachers and school librarians, who encourage children to take part. Deadline is Sunday 23 rd May 2021   See site for more details  Starter Paragraph Here’s the Starter paragraph for you to continue with your own fantastic story: I’d never normally cut through the cemetery but I was running late. In trouble late. Shoelaces not tied properly late. I skirt around the corner and straight through the archway. A flock of birds shoots up and into the air shouting at me as I run along the old path, gravestones leaning at a funny angle, making me feel as if I’m being watched. It used to be a monas

Anthology Poetry Award

  Full details Anthology Poetry Award 2021 Entries are now invited for the Anthology Poetry Award. Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Freedom’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person. It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to  Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our  online shop . The winner will receive a €500 cash prize  and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of  Anthology . The winner will also receive: A one year subscription to  Anthology magazine

Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust

 Full details  Prize Guidelines A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to the novel or short story collection published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of fiction. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists. Application Form COVID-19 Update Due to the ongoing pandemic, jurors are reading all submissions to the 2021 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize via eReader. Please ensure that each uploaded eBook is in its most final form before submitting. You will be contacted after the final deadline of July 14, 2021 for further instructions on how to send two copies of each submitted title in book form to the Writers' Trust. The 2021 award winner will likely be announced online via a digital version of the Writers' Trust Awards. Eligibility Criteria Titles must be published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.