Historical Novel Society New Novel Award

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  1.     Your novel can be in any genre of historical fiction. For the purpose of these rules, historical fiction shall mean fiction set in the main at least fifty years ago.
  2.     To qualify as a novel, your book must total at least 60,000 words. Novels submitted should be no longer than 150,000 words.
  3.     You may submit up to 5,000 words which must comprise the first words of the novel entered. Any preface, prologue or introduction must be included in your submission up to 5000 words. Please include a synopsis of up to a maximum of 500 words.
  4.     Your novel NEED NOT be complete before entering. Shortlisted entrants will however be asked to submit a full manuscript for the final stages of the judging process. Entrants will have a further three months after the announcement of the shortlist to complete their manuscript. Unfinished manuscripts will not be eligible for the prize.
  5.     The closing date for submissions is 1st April 2015.
  6.     Submissions may be made online only, via our submission form. All documents must be double spaced in Word with each page numbered in sequential order.
  7.     Your novel will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name or pseudonym anywhere on any document other than the submission form.
  8.     No alterations may be made to the beginning of a novel following submission until the shortlist has been chosen. No alterations may be made to a complete novel following submission of the final manuscript.
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  1.     Anyone may enter, regardless of age or nationality and whether or not previously published. Posthumous entries are not acceptable.
  2.     Novels should be in English and should not have been published or accepted for publication by a commercial publisher anywhere in the World.
  3.     Novels which are under contract to be published by a commercial publisher either in print or digitally are ineligible.
  4.     Novels that are self-published in print or digitally are eligible if *first* published after 1st December 2014.
  5.     Any novel entered must be your own original work and not a translation of another author’s work.
  6.     This Award shall not be open to anyone involved in its organization or judging or their families.

How to enter

  1.     Entries can be received online only via the 2015 competition entry page and entrants must follow the instructions on our submissions form carefully.
  2.     The entry fee of $35 ($20 for members of the Historical Novel Society) allows you to enter the beginning of one novel (up to 5000 words). You may enter as many novels as you like, provided each submission is accompanied by the entry fee.
  3.     Entry fees must be in US dollars. If you bank in another currency, PayPal will convert your fee automatically into US dollars.
  4.     If you would like a brief reader’s report on your submission, please add $15 to your entry fee for each entry. (Reader’s reports will not be full critiques and will not advise editorial changes. They will simply indicate where, in the reader’s opinion, the chapters fell short. No correspondence will be entered into by the society about reader’s reports, which are offered anonymously).


  •     Extracts and synopses will be assessed in the first instance by a panel of experienced readers and reviewers for the Historical Novel Society. The assessment will be moderated by the Chairman of the Society, Richard Lee.
  •     From the initial submissions a longlist of 15 will be selected for announcement on 1st July 2015 and the longlisted authors will be asked to submit full manuscripts by 1st October 2015.
  •     Full manuscripts will be assessed by the HNS reader panel and a shortlist of 5 selected for announcement on 1st January 2016.
  •     The winner will be chosen from the shortlist by three experienced and influential judges, and the result declared in March 2016.
  •     Longlisted authors must be prepared to give interviews and/or comment for publicity purposes and to supply author photographs.


  •     The prize for the Award will be £2000.

Application of rules

  •     Failure to comply with any of these rules will make entry liable to disqualification. The decision of the Award organizers as to the interpretation and application of these rules shall be final.

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2015 The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series

Prizes: $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.
Contest Name: The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series.
Deadline: Accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2014.

2015 writing awardThe Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. However, we will not consider manuscripts that have previously been published, which includes self-publication. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. No past or present paid employee of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or student at the University of Nebraska will be eligible for the prizes.

When to Send

Manuscripts will be accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2014.


We prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; we will consider manuscripts comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (please do not send a single novella or a collection of novellas). Prairie Schooner accepts electronic submissions as well as hard copy submissions. Please see below for further formatting guidelines and the link to submit electronically.

Electronic Submissions
The author’s name should not appear
anywhere on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. An
acknowledgements page listing the publication history of individual
stories or poems may be included, if desired. No application forms are
necessary. Visit here to submit via Submittable.

Hard Copy Submissions

The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. Please include two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript, and the other listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. An acknowledgements page listing the publication history of individual stories or poems may be included, if desired. No application forms are necessary.

For hard copy submissions, photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscripts with anything other than a binder clip or rubber band. Please include a self-addressed postage-paid postcard for confirmation of manuscript receipt. Please use a standard postcard—small index cards will not be accepted by the U.S. Postal Service. A stamped, self-addressed business size envelope must accompany the submission for notification of results. No manuscripts will be returned. All manuscripts that do not win will be recycled.

Entry Fee

A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner.


Winners will be announced on this website on or before July 15, 2014. Results will be emailed or mailed shortly thereafter.


Prairie Schooner Prize Series
Attn: Fiction or Poetry
123 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334

For information on submitting to the journal, please see our submission guidelines.

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2015 Robert Kroetsch Writing Poetry Award

Contest Name: Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
Prize: Receives a trade paperback
contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include
the publication of the manuscript and a CA$500 advance. 
Entrants must be
Canadian residents. 
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Organizer: Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine


Writing Poetry Award

Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to announce that the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is now accepting submissions.

This year’s judge is the award-winning and internationally renowned poet Karen Solie!

The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance.


The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint.

About Karen Solie:

Karen Solie’s most recent collection of poems, Pigeon, won the 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, the ReLit and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second, Modern and Normal, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous North American journals. She is a native of Saskatchewan and now lives in Toronto.

The deadline is January 31, 2015.

Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine’s Submittable site.

Alternatively, you may send manuscripts to:

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry 

Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint

c/o Matrix Magazine

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658

Montreal QC

H3G 1M8

Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please.

Or if you prefer to use PAYPAL, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL at Matrix’s Robert Kroetsch Award Page.


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Writing Contest – Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books

Contest Name: Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books

Organizer: SilverWood Books

Prize:  First Prize will be a SilverWood-produced ebook published with KWL plus a paperback edition sponsored by Berforts Information Press
Deadline: December, 2014


SilverWood Books provides self-funding authors with professional publishing services – expertly produced print and ebooks, designed, formatted and finished to the highest publishing industry standards. SilverWood works with a range of individual authors and organisations, including poets, novelists, financial institutions, mainstream authors and charitable enterprises.

SilverWood’s ebook conversion service ensures that each book is carefully laid out and formatted by hand (taking care to preserve features which can be lost in auto-conversion, such as page breaks, indents, italic or bold text, and correct line spacing). Files can be passed directly to the author for upload to Kobo Writing Life. Hardback and paperback editions are prepared and published with the same care and expertise as they would be in a mainstream publishing house.

Berforts Book Printing Group offers professional book printing for both hard and soft back books and journals. Our vision is simply to be the best at what we do, combining innovation with professionalism and providing a high quality, value for money and consistently first class service.

free writing contests 2015

To celebrate the 2014 Writing & Self-Publishing Open Day, Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books are delighted to announce an exciting new writing competition.

The Open Day Writing Competition is geared towards original, unpublished or self-published, fictional, English language manuscripts. The manuscript submitted must be the entrant’s own work, and the entrant must own the copyright to all work in its entirety.

One Winner and one Runner Up will be selected by a dedicated review panel on the basis of the combined strength of the synopsis and the single chapter submitted.

The First Prize will be a SilverWood-produced ebook published with KWL plus a paperback edition sponsored by Berforts Information Press, published and distributed by SilverWood Books (info here).

The Runner Up will receive a new Kobo Aura H2O as prize.

Entrants are to submit a single page synopsis (no longer than 500 words) of the plot of the book they would like to publish along with first chapter (no longer than 5,000 words). Entries must be submitted as a single Word document containing synopsis and first chapter with page 1 being the title page containing the entrant’s full contact details, title of work and author name.

To enter the competition and submit your manuscript please use this FORM
Deadline of Writing Contest is on December 31st, 2014
Authors can read here the full Terms and Conditions of the

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Award for New Work in Poetry, Deadline: January, 2015

Contest Name: The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry
Deadline: January 7, 2015
Organizer:  Poetry Society
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The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry will be awarded to the poet who, in the judges’ opinion, has made the most outstanding contribution to poetry in 2014.


  • The award is made to a poet who in the judges’ opinion has made the most outstanding contribution to poetry in 2014. The poet must be resident in the UK or have UK Nationality.
  • Eligible works should have first appeared in the public domain between the 1 January and 31 December 2014.
  • A posthumous work will be considered if it entered the public domain within a year of the poet’s death.
  • Eligible works include, but are not limited to: poetry collections (for adults or children), individual published poems, radio poems, verse translations, verse dramas, verse novels, libretti, film poems and poetry in public art.
  • For work to be eligible, some appropriate documentary evidence must be available for the judges to be able to assess – for example a script, CD, DVD, podcast or photograph.
  • Self-published work is not eligible. 

How to make a recommendation

Recommendations can only be made by members of the Poetry Society or Poetry Book Society, giving their membership number.
Recommendations should be submitted on an official Ted Hughes Award form. Forms are available online.

Poets may not recommend their own work.

  • No individual may make more than one recommendation for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award.
  • Note: Recommendations are not votes. That is to say, recommendations help bring work to the judges’ attention and play a vital role in helping the judges gauge the impact the work has had.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

The names of those making recommendations will not be published. For more information and to get involved: