Showing posts from February, 2024

Grants for works in progress

Full details  The Society of Authors is one of the few organisations to make grants to writers for works in progress, currently awarding over £360,000 each year. The Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust award grants to writers whose book project is for a commercial UK publisher. The Authors’ Foundation Award came at a time when I was finding it difficult funding the research and travel involved. It was also difficult finding the time to write as I needed to hustle to care for my family. Life in Nigeria is difficult at this time, more so for writers/artists as there are no support platforms as this. The grant from the Society of Authors provided me with all the support I needed . I completed the manuscript (127,000 words long) in record time. So, I am indeed indebted and grateful to the Society of Authors for this support without which it would have been difficult and nearly impossible to finish my manuscript in the same year as I started it. Obinna Udenwe (2023 recip

Blossom Spring Publishing

 Full details  Submissions Our  submissions are always open . We aim to break down barriers between publishers, authors and readers. We welcome submissions from everyone – agented or otherwise. We are looking for gripping, commercial fiction, non-fiction, children’s fiction and picture books. Your submission must include at least one sample illustration if you wish us to consider your story for a children’s picture book. We don’t provide illustrations for children’s fiction. Submission Guidelines Please send us your full-length story in a clear font with 1.5 line spacing and a 1 – 2 page synopsis. We ask that you include your name and email address at the top of your manuscript. If you have used track changes to edit your manuscript, please remember to switch it off before you send it to us. We have high regard for good presentation to include a clear layout and work that has been proofread. Primarily, we will consider your manuscript fo

Allegro Poetry Magazine

 Full details  Guidelines  Please read these guidelines carefully as due to the volume of poems received submissions that do not follow them are deleted without being considered. Allegro is open for submissions until 31st January 2023 for poems on any theme.  Only submit during the submissions windows: 1 June - 31 July, 1 December - 31 January. Poems pasted in the body of an email. No attachments. No simultaneous submissions or previously published work. Previously published includes appearance on personal websites or blogs that are visible to the public. Only one submission per poet for each window. Maximum four poems per submission. Maximum length for each poem 40 lines. Include a third person biography maximum 50 words. Email address for submissions allegropoetry at gmail dot com In submitting to Allegro Poetry Magazine you confirm that the work is your own and that you own the copyright. Allegro Poetry Magazine is published twice a year and considers

The HG Wells Short Story Competition

  Full details  Please ensure you DO NOT have your name or address ANYWHERE in your uploaded document: we judge all entries “blind” and including your name or address will invalidate your entry. To be safe, do not even use your own name as a character name. The closing date is Monday 8th July 2024 and entries will be accepted up to 11pm (BST) on that date. There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under on Monday 8th July 2024. Over 21s must pay an entry fee of £10 or £5 for those with student id. Details for payment are shown on the entry form. Each story must be submitted on a separate entry form and accompanied by a fee where appropriate. Proof of age and / or student id may be required for any entry entered in the Under 22 or at the reduced student price. This proof may be requested by email after the close of entries and prior to the publication of a short list. All submissions  must be made online , with all required fields completed. All submissions should

Sapere Books Writing Competiton

  Full details  Sapere Books is looking for writers to enter a competition with the chance to win a five-book publishing contract. To enter, choose one of the briefs listed below and write up a full synopsis (no more than 2000 words) and draft the first three chapters of the first book in the series. As the prize will be a contract for a five-book series, we would also welcome ideas and brief outlines for the next four books in the series. This competition is open to debut and unpublished writers as well as established writers and ghost-writers. Let us know information on your writing history to date, including any books traditionally or self-published, any books drafted and any projects you are currently working on. We are looking to hopefully award prizes to one writer for each brief and we want to find writers who we can establish a long-term partnership with, who can write to a brief, and who are keen to work on a series rather than singular novels. BRIEF ONE: The Bl

Creative Futures Award

Full details  Our 2024 Writers' Award competition will be open from 31 January at 9am. The theme for 2024 is ‘ Reveal .’ The theme is a creative prompt, not a requirement. Send us your best work! The deadline for entries is Sunday 19 May at 11:59 pm. You can submit  ONE piece of writing , up to and not exceeding the word limits ( not including the title, section/stanza breaks, or epigraphs): Poetry : 50 lines Fiction : 2,000 words Creative Non-Fiction : 2,000 words Please click here to read the full rules The competition is only open to underrepresented writers in the UK who are over 18 years old. Please click here for the full eligibility criteria Please ensure you read the rules and eligibility criteria before submitting. The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is by  purchasing a previous anthology here . For more about our new genre, creative non-fiction, please  read our blog post here . Enter Online Here How to Enter Online - We are us

DLJ Monthly Writrng Competitions

 Full details  Who We Are Want to be a published author? Look no further. Discourse is a journal with the mission of finding the meaning. We know that all art is created with the intention of making sense of this world, and Discourse is a space to celebrate exactly that. We want to see the weird, scary, beautiful, thought-provoking answers to life’s questions through your creations. Currently we are looking for short stories, poetry, and essays. Every month a new collection will be featured based on a given theme. There will be no fee to submit or view any pieces. We know that putting your work out into the wild is a scary process, but we thank everyone brave enough to do it.  

Kirkcudbright Book Week

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The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024

 Full details  The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024 is open for entries from January 30th, 2024! The deadline for receipt of all entries is 11.59pm(NZST) on April 30, 2024. Entries will only be accepted through Duosuma. Entries can be on any subject, theme or genre. Entry fee: $9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form. The winner will receive $1,000. Two runner-up prizes – $200 each. The winner and runners-up will also receive a free online course and publication on our site.  All entries are judged anonymously. Please  do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details , etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification. Format the short story as per the following instructions: Your story must be written in English. A maximum of 3,000 words (no minimum). Title not included in the word count. Please s

Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow (Fixed Term)

 Full details  The Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship is designed to enable practising poets to spend a period as members of the Faculty of English, bringing together the practice of poetry and their academic study. The cost of the Fellowship is met from the Judith E. Wilson Fund, formed from a donation to the Faculty of English by Judith E. Wilson, a life-long friend of Dame Edith Evans. The Fellowship is available for nine months from 15 September 2024. The Fellow is expected to reside in Cambridge during that period and will, it is hoped, be affiliated with a Cambridge College. They will also be invited to take some part in the work of the Faculty, by arranging workshops or readings (including, in term,three hours of formal contact time for students per week), and to pursue their own projects. The role is designed to further the writing of poetry, rather than academic research. The Judith E. Wilson Committee will discuss a possible programme of work with the success

The People's Friend

  Full details  f you’ve always wanted to try your hand at fiction writing, then why not let 2024 be your year? Our new fiction guidelines highlight the opportunities available, and what you should do if you want to write for “The Friend”. Last year “The People’s Friend” published an incredible 769 pieces of fiction! With seven brand-new fiction stories featured in each weekly issue of “The People’s Friend”, plus fiction content for our “Specials”, Annual and bookazine, there are plenty of opportunities for writers. Here’s a few pointers, but please read the full guidelines below before submitting any work. Short Story Submissions We’re looking for stories with a range of themes, tones and genres. The best way to get a feel for our stories is to read the magazine regularly. Our preferred genres include romance, mystery, cosy crime, family and stories from a young person’s point of view. We can accept word counts of 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500, and 4000 words,