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Writers Festival: Novel, Short Story, Writing For Children, Flash Fiction, Poetry

The Winchester Writers’ Festival offers fabulous opportunities for emerging writers via its ten writing competitions. Writers do not need to attend the Festival in order to enter. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2015.

Please read the General Rules for Submitting Entries below the competitions before entering. The link for competition entry forms follows the General Rules.

Writers Festival

POETRY

Entrants are invited to submit poems on any subject up to a maximum of 40 lines for each entry. Single spaced.

1st prize: £125 and The Echo Poetry Trophy
2nd prize: £75
3rd prize: £50
Adjudicator: Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2014-2015
Sponsor: The Southern Daily Echo Southern Daily Echo

WRITING CAN BE MURDER

Entrants are invited to submit the first 500 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme.

1st prize: Books to the value of £60
2nd prize: Books to the value of £40
3rd prize: Books to the value of £20
Adjudicator: Lindsay Ashford, Author
Sponsor: P&G Wells Ltd., Booksellers
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FLASH FICTION

A flash fiction is a short, short story which does much more than its size would suggest. It shows a glimpse which implies a larger story, and every word works its hardest to bring meaning, plot, character and theme alive. In 500 words, send us a flash fiction which will intrigue, excite and entertain, and which will linger in the mind long after reading.

1st prize: Telephone consultation with Janklow & Nesbit to receive a detailed editorial report on the winning entry.
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicator: Calum Kerr
Sponsor: Janklow & Nesbit UK
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MEMOIR

Entrants are invited to submit a memoir of up to 2500 words. This may be a self-contained piece, or it may be the first chapter of a full-length memoir.

Entrants are reminded that memoir is not the same as fact-based autobiography. Memoir emphasises story. It is subjective, distinctive and usually focuses on a specific theme or series of memories or even a single event in order to engage the reader and illuminate an aspect of ourselves.

1st prize: A copy of either the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook plus either attendance at one of the Writers’ & Artists’ one-day conferences or one of our popular ‘How to Hook an Agent’ lunches. Full details at www.writersandartists.co.uk/events 2nd prize: A copy of either the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook plus £50 worth of other writing advice books selected from: www.writersandartists.co.uk/store 3rd prize: A copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook AND the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Adjudicator: Paul Dodgson
Sponsor: Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook
Writers and Artists logo.wpmThe Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, updated and published annually by Bloomsbury, is the perfect guide to all aspects of the media and publishing worlds. It gives invaluable advice on how to prepare a submission and which agents and publishers to approach. Essential reading for all writers of journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screen plays.
‘The writers’ bible’, Susan Hill

WRITING FOR CHILDREN – Picture Book For readers aged 3-6

Entrants are invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6

1st
prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to discuss the winning
submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel
not provided)
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicators: Editorial Department, Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
Sponsor: Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
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CHILDREN’S FUNNY FICTION For readers aged 8-12

Entrants
are invited to submit the opening chapter or section (maximum 1000
words) of a humorous work for children and a one-page synopsis of the
remainder.

1st prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to
discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or
via telephone (travel not provided)
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicators: Editorial Department, Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
Sponsor: Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
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FIRST THREE PAGES OF A NOVEL

Entrants are invited to send the first three pages of their novel plus a two page synopsis. Any theme or period.

1st prize: Nancy Smith Memorial Trophy and editorial meeting with Little, Brown to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided)
2nd prize: Books to the value of £70
3rd prize: Books to the value of £30
Adjudicator: Anna Boatman, Little, Brown Book Group
Sponsor: Little, Brown Book Group
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SHORT STORIES

Entrants are invited to submit quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children’s stories). Length 1500 to 3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story. Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities.

1st Prize: Writing Magazine creative writing course (choose one of nine home study courses – with a value of £150-£180)
2nd Prize: Writing Magazine reading and critique service (choose from a synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel/three short stories OR three pieces of non-fiction. Maximum 9000 words)
3rd Prize: Writing Magazine reading and critique service (choose from a synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel/three short stories OR three pieces of non-fiction. Maximum 9000 words)
Adjudicator: The Chandlers Ford Writers
Sponsor: Writing Magazine Writing-Magazine-460×460

for detail please visit: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

2016 Canada Novella Contest – Deadline 1, Februari 2016

Contest Name: 2016 Novella Prize

Deadline: February 1, 2016 (postmark date).

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We are not currently accepting submissions for this contest. Please check back again in late 2015.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize of $1,500 CAD is awarded. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize.
Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.
Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.
2016 Deadline

The deadline for the 2016 Novella Prize is February 1, 2016 (postmark date).

Read about Dora Dueck, our 2014 winner.

Contest Guidelines

  • Enter a single work of fiction, with a minimum length of 10,000 words and maximum length 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach apply. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $35 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $40 US for American entries;
    • $45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • $15 CAD for each additional entry (from anywhere)
    • see How to Pay below
  • Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
  • Entrants submitting more than one entry receive a one-year subscription for the first entry only.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible.
  • An entry may include a published excerpt only if it consists of
    no more than 10% of the total word count. The entrant must indicate
    where the exerpt originally appeared, how long it is, and where it
    begins and ends within the entry.
  • Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print
    or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine,
    anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog,
    Twitter, or Facebook. Please note that even if the print run or
    circulation of the print publication where the work has previously
    appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No
    work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor
    is a work that has been revised since its original publication.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact
    information (including an email address) should not appear on the
    submission, but along with the title on an enclosed separate page.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • Entrants will not be notified separately by letter about the judges’ decisions even if a SASE is included for this purpose.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced on the Malahat website, Facebook page, and Twitter account in April 2016.
  • Only the winning novella will be published in The Malahat Review‘s Summer 2016 issue.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on The Malahat‘s web site and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s monthly electronic newsletter, in June 2016.

  • Enter by Email
  • Send entries as an attachment to novella@uvic.ca
  • The subject line must contain the entrant’s full name and method of payment. e.g., “John Smith cheque” or “Jane Tucker credit online” or “Jane Doe credit mail-in”
  • Entrants must also submit an information sheet as a separate attached file:
    • Entrant’s full name
    • Title of entry
    • Word count for entry
    • Entrant’s mailing address
    • Entrant’s email address
    • Method of payment (see How to Pay below)
    • Note: if submitting more than one entry, please include a cover sheet for each entry.
  • Acceptable file formats: Word (.doc and .docx) or pdf

Enter by Regular Mail

  • Provide the following information on a separate sheet:
    • Entrant’s full name
    • Title of entry
    • Word count for the entry
    • Entrant’s mailing address
    • Entrant’s email address
    • Method of payment (see How to Pay below)
  • Send entries to:
    The Malahat Review
    Novella Prize
    University of Victoria
    P.O. Box 1700
    Stn CSC
    Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
    Canada

    Email: novella@uvic.ca
    Telephone: 250-721-8524
    Fax: 250-472-5051 

     
    source: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html
     
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THE BATH NOVEL AWARD – Prize: £1,000

Contest Name: THE BATH NOVEL AWARD
an international prize for unpublished & independently published novelists
Close: March 31st 2015

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The Bath Novel Award 2015 is currently OPEN for entries. Submissions are invited for the first 5,000 words of novels in any genre written for adults or young adults, to be received by us no later than midnight GMT on March 31st 2015. Prize: £1,000.

RULES & ENTRY

    2015 novel writing contest

  • The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2015 will receive a cheque for £1,000 plus our Minerva trophy, designed by Jessica Palmer
  • Entries close at midnight GMT on March 31st 2015
  • Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult (13+) readers. Children’s novels are not eligible.
  • Submissions should include (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel plus a one page synopsis and separate covering page
  • Your novel extract should be double-spaced (apart from the synopsis which should be single-spaced) in a size 12 font. Include the title. As entries are read anonymously, your name should not appear anywhere on the novel extract or synopsis
  • On your cover page, state your name, address, telephone number, email address, novel title, genre, submission word count, method of payment plus where you heard about us
  • Hard copy submissions should be typed on single-sided A4 paper. If you require acknowledgement for a postal entry, please enclose a SAE
  • The entrance fee is £20 per novel. You may enter more than one novel. Entrants should not have had a novel accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. Self-published novels are eligible
  • Longlisted entrants will be contacted during April 2015 and asked to submit their full manuscript, which should be at least 50,000 words long, for the final judging stage
  • Shortlisted entrants will be contacted in June 2015 and listed on our site. The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2015 will be announced in July 2015
  • Novels must be your original work and in English
  • Submissions cannot be altered after entry
  • Entrants must be 16 years or over
  • Entries are open to any nationality and country
  • The winner agrees to an interview which may be published on our site and in any media for publicity purposes
  • Entrants retain full copyright of their submissions, however by entering, all entrants give The Bath Novel Award permission to post the first chapter (or 3,000 words) of any shortlisted entries on our site
  • Entrants employed by The Bath Novel Award or represented by United Agents are not eligible
  • Entries that do not comply with the competition rules may be disqualified
To ENTER, please pay the entry fee of £20 GBP per novel by one of the below three options:
  • PAYPAL or BANK TRANSFER: a/c # 22562591 (“The Bath Novel Award”) Sort Code 60-24-77 (NatWest Bank, Bath, UK)
  • CHEQUE or POSTAL ORDER (UK currencies only) payable to “The Bath Novel Award” sent to The Bath Novel Award, 12 Great Pulteney Street,
    Bath BA2 4BR 
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Then SUBMIT your novel by one of the two below options:

  • ONLINE: Save your novel extract and synopsis in ONE pdf or Word Doc, save your cover sheet in another then email as two attachments to entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk quoting the title of your novel in the email subject box.
  • POSTAL: Mail your cover sheet, novel extract and synopsis to: The Bath Novel Award, 12 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4BR, England, UK

source: http://bathnovelaward.co.uk/

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2015 Award for Poets, Story Writers and Novelists

Contest Name:  ALL NEW MAJOR AWARDS
Catagories:  Award for Poets, Story Writers and Novelists
Presented by Cinnamon Press

writers award 2015

Cinnamon Press has a range of competitions to help writers establish a writing profile, including ALL NEW MAJOR AWARDS for poets (with categories for single poem, debut collection and pamphlets), story writers and novelists and a rolling programme of mini competitions. Scroll down to find out more about the competitions and the exciting opportunities they give to writers.

The MINI COMPETITIONS are a great way to showcase your work with us.

The first Liquorice Fish competition on the theme of ‘Lost Voices’ closed at the end of October. Many, many thanks to everyone who entered. The results will be announced soon.

The mini-competition returns to its normal format for the next competition, which is now open.

ALL NEW MAJOR PRIZES

We’ve given our main competitions a fresh new approach with even more opportunities thanks to an incredibly generous donation, which has opened up the possibility of adding new categories, with fabulous prizes and outstanding adjudicators. Click on the title of each of the competitions for full details and to enter.

You can submit to the new competitions any time from now to the deadline of each category.

You will find results of the last adjudicated prize in each category here

Annual Short Story Prize

New prizes of £500, £100 & £50 + publication of the winners and up to 10 runners’ up stories. The competition will be judged by tbc
Open to all writers, published and beginners.
There is a £12 fee.
Deadline: 31 May, 2015.

Poetry Pamphlet Prizes

We have a brand new annual for pamphlets, opening to all poets.
There will be 4 prizes of £100 each + publishing contracts for each of the four winners judged by Ian Gregson.
Open to all writers, published and beginners.
The fee is £10.
Deadline: 31 March, 2015

Annual Debut Novel (or Novella) Prize

£700 first prize plus publishing contract.
Open to those who have not had a previous novel published.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 31 July, 2015
Debut Poetry Collection Prize


Prize of £500 + a publishing contract & up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.
Open to those who have not had a full collection published.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 30 November, 2015

Single Poem Prize

There are prizes of £1000, £200 & £50 + publication.
Open to all writers, published and beginners.
Adjudicated by Judy Kendall.
The fees are £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems.
Deadline; 30 September, 2015

General Guidelines (please click on the category headers for specific fees, dates and full rules for each genre)

  1. Entrants for the novel/novella and poetry collection categories should not previously have had a novel/novella or full poetry collection published (single poem, pamphlets and story genres are open to all writers, both new and established).
  2. Entries should be submitted electronically if possible, but we will also accept hard copy – send as two email attachments – one with the work and the other with contact details – please ensure you have up to date virus protection and send as a .doc or .docx or .rtf file. (If you have problems preventing electronic submission please email for guidance) or send your work by post without your name on it and add a cover sheet with full details including the name of your work.
  3. Submit up to 6 poems of up to 50 lines each (single poem); 10 poems up to 40 lines (unpublished); 15-25 poems of up to 50 lines each (pamphlet); the first ten thousand words of your novel/novella or a story of 2,000-4,000 words (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
  4. Please mark your story/poetry/novel/la with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly)
  5. Do not put any other identification on the work, but enclose a separate attachment with name, address, email contact & nom de plume and titles of poems/working title of novel/story title.
  6. Deadlines fall throughout the year between 30 September and 31 July, depending on genre – please check the individual pages.
  7. Entry is £4 for single poems (£10 for 3) or £10 for the pamphlet prize or £12 per entry for novels, stories, and full poetry collections. You can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners’ anthology for the poetry collection and short story categories, or a novel/la by a previous competition winner for the novel/la category (worth £8.99) or one of the winning pamphlets.
  8. Payments can be made online at www.cinnamonpress.com/ using PayPal or sent direct to jan@cinnamonpress.com via PayPal or by cheque made to ‘cinnamon press’. You will find a payment button on each of the individual category pages.
  9. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  10. Contact details: Cinnamon Press New Writing Prizes, Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU or email to jan@cinnamonpress.com
  11. Results will be sent individually to all winners and runners up; published on the Cinnamon website and included in the newsletter.
  12. All enquiries: jan@cinnamonpress.com

For Detail please visit here

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Manchester Fiction Writing Competition – Deadline: January, 2015

Contest name: Manchester Fiction Writing Contest
organizer: Alexandra Manchester Foundation and 3 publishing houses
Deadline: January 31st, 2015
Prize: $2,500 for first prize winner. $1,000 for second place winner.
Entry Fees: $0 for the first entry. Multiple submissions not allowed.
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Fiction Writing Contest 2015
Alexandra Manchester Fiction Writing Contest is a joint sponsorship by Alexandra Manchester Foundation and 3 publishing houses that offer their semi-annual writing competition and are now accepting submissions for its 2012 debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and young author award categories. In addition, this years contest is part-sponsored by Clinton Literary Awards Foundation and provides all the judging panelists for the final award and ceremony. The names and poem titles of the First through Tenth-Place winners will be published in the Foundation newsletter to its members and publishing houses may make an offer for publishing the original works of art.

Writing Contest Description

All of literary prizes will be presented in person at the award ceremony. This writing contest is open only to writers and authors, of all levels, in United States and Canada only. See the submissions instructions for additional details.

Start Submission Date: July 1st, 2014
Closing Submission Date: January 31st, 2015

Special Requirements: All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author/writers. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author during the entire process of the competition. The author gives permission to Manchester Foundation to publish and display the entry on its Website (in electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a winner or finalist. Winners will be contacted within 60 days of the closing submission date. This writing contest is open to everyone except employees and family members of Manchester Foundation and the participating publishing houses and Clinton Literary Awards Foundation.

Don’t forget to read the rules and entry requirements for the writing contest, carefully.
Some writers don’t even get passed the entry submission, usually because they missed something on the requirements and they never get a chance to be considered for their writing. 

source and additional Information: See writing contest detailed information on entry requirements and addition description, including writing content FAQ.