Opportunities

Winchester Poetry Prize

Application Deadline:
31 July 2020 12:00 am

The first annual Winchester Poetry Prize, judged by Mimi Khalvati, took place in 2016. It has since gone from strength to strength and attracts entries from all over the world. This year’s judge is Andrew McMillan, continuing in a line of outstanding contemporary poets at the top of their game. Andrew will read all entries. […]
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Call for submissions: Bloodaxe anthology of post-Independence Sri Lankan poetry

Application Deadline:
1 August 2020 12:00 am

Poets Vidyan Ravinthiran, Shash Trevett and Seni Seneviratne are editing an anthology of post-Independence Sri Lankan poetry, and the poetry of related diasporic communities, to be published by Bloodaxe Books. The book will have a similar format to Jeet Thayil’s anthology of Indian poetry (also published by Bloodaxe Books) with roughly three poems per poet, and a short introduction to each. To […]
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Shoreham Word Fest: Poetry and Short Story Competition

Application Deadline:
1 August 2020 12:00 am

Shoreham Wordfest is launching a competition for 10 line poems and 10 word (yes 10 word!) short stories to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Original unpublished entries on any theme are invited from all Sussex residents, with £150 top prize for the winning poem and £50 top prize for the very short story. There is a […]
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The George Floyd Short Story Competition

Application Deadline:
14 August 2020 12:00 am

Opens: Monday 15th June 2020 Closes: Friday 14th August 2020 (Midnight) Judge: Yvvette Edwards, the author of ‘A Cupboard Full of Coats’ and ‘The Mother.’ Winners announced: Monday 19th October 2020 Anthology details: Due for release in winter of 2020/21 with the book launch celebration date TBA. FREE ENTRY (Limited to one short story submission […]
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Chalk Circle Short Story Competition 2020

Application Deadline:
31 August 2020 12:00 am

Shakespeare wrote King Lear in locked down London during the bubonic plague. Isaac Newton wrote Principia Mathematica while self-isolating in his second home. Mary Shelley, housebound and barely out of her teens, wrote Frankenstein in the eerily unsettling atmosphere of 1816, ‘the year without a summer’. Now Sussex based Chalk Circle Writers are inviting writers […]
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The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Application Deadline:
23 October 2020 12:00 am

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction us open for submissions for the 2021 Prize, with stories on the theme of ‘Home’. The judges this year are Dr Philip Braithwaite (UCLan), Abi Fellows (The Good Literary Agency), Alfred Searls (Northern Soul) and author Courttia Newland. The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over […]
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