Monday Roundup!

A lot of competitions are closing today so make sure to get your entry in on time!

Submission Calls
Flash Fiction Competitions
Short Story Competitions
Poetry Competitions
Playwriting Competitions
Novel Writing Competitions
Novella Submissions and Competitions
Grants and Scholarships

As always, contact us with anything you feel should be included!

Submission Calls

Litro Magazine

Deadlines: Space (November 2015), Going Home (December 2015), Love (February 2016), Britishness (March 2016)
Notes: Accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme.

The Stinging Fly
Deadline: November 30th 2015
Notes: Short stories and poems should always be just as long (or as short) as they need to be. (In our Winter 2012-13 issue the longest story is over 5,000 words; the shortest has less than 600.)

Buffalo Almanack
Deadline: 30th November 2015.
Notes: Theme: “Where Thou Art”. Submit creative non-fiction, short stories and visual art, free to enter, The best work of writing and visual art will receive $100 each. There’s also a $50 consolation prize to a third runner-up of either genre.

Mslexia Themed Writing
Deadline: 7 December 2015
Notes: Theme is Monster, poems of up to 40 lines or stories of up to 2,200 words.

Mslexia
Deadline: 9 December 2015
Notes: 1-2 short stories of up to 2,200 words and 1-4 poems of up to 40 lines

ROPES
Deadline: 18th December 2015
Notes: Max word count: 1,700 words, theme is independence, contributions are welcome in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and artwork

1916 Today: An Anthology of Reactions
Deadline: 31st December
Notes: Writing reflecting reactions to the 1916 Rising and what it means for us today, these may be historical, or of a contemporary nature. Word count is limited to 1500/2000, poetry and graphics can also be submitted and is limited to three poems/graphics per submission. New and established writers are invited to submit.

Granta
Deadline: April 1st 2016
Notes: 3,000-6,000 words, not currently accepting poetry.

Spontaneity
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Respond to any piece from any issue of the magazine if you’d like to be part of the next issue, flexible on word count

Prole
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Poetry and Prose, short stories upper word limit of 7500 words, small collection of up to five pieces,

The New York Times

Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood…any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” 1500-1700 words

Unbuild Walls
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Speculative literary fiction up to 5,000 words.

Sixteen magazine

On the 16th of every month leading up to the 16 months before April 2016, they will publish an issue of their magazine online.
Deadline: Different prompts with different closing dates
Looking for: Submissions that relate to their prompts.

Hamburgers n’ Heroin
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: If interested in submitting a story or writing for them encouraged to get in touch, get back to you within 24hrs

The Flexible Persona

Deadline: ongoing
Notes: Open to all genres, Simultaneous Submissions between 1200 – 6500 words accepted.

The Future Fire

Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world.

Headstuff
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: PoetryStuff including literature and poetry (see submission guidelines)

Anomaly

Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: For poetry submissions, we ask that you send a cover letter with a brief bio, with no more than five poems, For fiction, commentary & narrative non-fiction no more than five pieces per submission (as an attachment) and include a cover letter, and a short bio, 2,000-3,000 words per piece.

Poetry Ireland Review

Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for:Send a maximum of six poems, Keep a hard copy / digital copy of each submission, Poems should be original, and previously unpublished, Editor, currently Vona Groarke, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Ireland,
32 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Flash Fiction

The Nik Perring Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: Midnight, November 30th 2015
Prizes: The winner will receive Nik Perring’s signed and personalised back catalogue of works, free to enter
Notes: Enter a story or poem, under 150 words long, on the subject of TREES.

The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize
Deadline: 1st of December 2015.
Notes: The winner will receive $200 and publication in the magazine, Fiction Southeast. The runners-up will also be published in Fiction Southeast. Submit flash fiction, up to 1,500 words. Entry fee is $10.

The new Cinnamon Press mini-competition
Deadline: 31 December, 2015.
Prizes: Publication
Notes: theme of dark interiors, micro-fictions (maximum 1,000 words), all entries must be previously unpublished, entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

Mini-competition: ‘Dark Interiors’
Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
Prizes: Publication for winners
Notes: Theme of dark interiors, micro-fictions (maximum 1,000 words), entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Artificium Competition
Deadline: 5th of February 2016
Prizes: The winner will receive £150 and there will be a similar prize pot to the above.
All prize-winners will be featured in Artificium.
Notes: writing between 500-1,000 words, in English, entry fees is £5 UK residents/£6 International

The International Bath Flash Fiction Award
Deadline: 14th of February 2016.
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100.
Notes: Submit short fiction, up to 300 words, any theme, entry Fee is £9

The Reader’s Digest 100 Word Story Competition
Deadline: February 20th, 2016.
Prizes: Adult category: winner will receive £2,000, and two runners-up will each receive £200, 12–18: winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and a Samsung Gear S watch, plus £150 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £100, under-12s category: winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and £100 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £75.
Notes: Stories exactly 100 words long. No limit on number of entries, three categories: adults, children aged 12-18 and finally, children under 12.

The Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Deadline: 28th of February 2016
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
Notes: Submit stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words in any genre, entry fee is costs £7 for one story, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four.

The Brilliant Flash Fiction Science Fiction Contest
Deadline: 15th of January, 2016.
Prizes: 50 euro, 25 euro, 15 euro. All winning entries (including shortlisted stories) will be published in the January issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction.
Notes: Free to enter. Submit flash fiction (up to 750 words)

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250, Highly Commended 3 x £100
Notes: Flash fiction: 250 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count, entry fee is £8 for each submitted flash fiction

Short Story Competitions

1000 word challenge
Deadline: 30th of November 2015
Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winning stories will also be published on their website.
Notes:The current theme is: Fresh, submit short stories of up to 1000 words, entry fee is £5.

The Fish Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30th November 2015
Prizes: 1st prize is 3,000 euros, 1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the anthology launch. Second prize is a week at the Anam Cara Writers & Artists’ Retreat in Cork with 300 euros travel expenses. Third prize is 300 euros. Ten stories will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology and the authors will receive five free copies and an invitation to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.
Notes: Short stories of up to 5,000 words on any subject, Judge: Kevin Barry, entry fee is 20 euro for the first entry, 10 euro for each subsequent entry.

The Aeon Award
Deadline: November 30th
Prizes: Grand Prize: €1000, Second Prize: €200, Third Prize: €100
Notes: If your story is science fiction, fantasy or horror, is less than 10,000 words in length and has not been previously published, €7.50 entry fee.

Inktears Short Story Contest
Deadline: 30 November 2015
Prizes:Winner: £1,000, runner-up: £10, 4x Highly Commended: £25. All prize winners will get their: Story published to the InkTears Readership, bio published on InkTears site
Notes:No theme, between 1,000 to 3,500 words in length, entry fee is £7.50

Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers contest
Deadline: November 30 2015
Prizes: 1st place wins $1,500, physical publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies, 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies, 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
Notes: exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000, Most entries run from 1,500 – 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome, entry fee is $18 per story.

Celtic Mythology Short Story competition
Deadline: 10 December 2015
Prizes: First Prize is $500 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection, second prize is
$250 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection, third prize is $100 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Notes: Any kind of fiction short story will be considered (action, romance, drama, humour etc.) as long as they meet the following criteria: 1. Celtic mythology or folklore forms a fundamental element of the story (i.e. the characters can be characters from Celtic mythology, the action can take place in a mythological location, mythological concepts can be used etc.). 2. Any Celtic folklore or mythological reference used should be as authentic as you can make it (for example; no dedicated pantheon of Irish Gods, no werewolves or vampires etc.)
3. A compelling story/theme, engaging characters.

2015 STORGY Short Story Competition
Deadline: 11.00pm December 30th 2015
Prizes:1st Prize is £500, 2 Runner Up Awards of £25 Book Vouchers. All winners will receive a signed copy of Paul McVeigh’s debut novel ‘The Good Son.’
Notes: Entry Fee is £5, maximum of 5,000 words

The Soundwork Short Story competition
Deadline:December 31st, 2015.
Prizes: The winner, and possibly others, will have their story recorded by Soundwork and posted on the website, along with a photo and details.
Notes: Your story can have any theme and shouldn’t be longer than 2,000 words.
No entry fee. No limit on number of entries.

The Henshaw Competition
Deadline: 31st of December 2015
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Notes: up to 2,000 words, any theme, entry fee is £5.

The Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition
Deadline: December 31st, 2015.
Prize: The winner in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money, publication in Hourglass and three copies of the issue.
Notes: Entry Fee is US$8, there are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries, short story should not exceed7000 words or be less than 700 words, Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words

The Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
Deadline: December 31st, 2015
Prizes: $1,500 and publication in Boulevard for the winning story.
Notes: Entry fee is $15 for each story and includes a one-year subscription, eligibility: a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press, submit stories up to 8,000 words.

The Travel & Water Writing Competition
Deadline: 31st of December 2015.
Prize: £100
Notes: Submit articles (max 750 words), theme is Travel and Water, it can be fact or fiction, anyone 16 years old and above is invited to submit an entry.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Deadline: 31st December 2015
Prizes: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50. Ten shortlisted entries will be published in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology.
Notes: up to 4,000 words, open theme, entry Fee is £5, every entrant to the competition will have a tree planted in the Magic Oxygen Word Forest and the GPS co-ordinates for their tree/s will be sent to them by email after the competition deadline.

Glimmer Fiction open
Deadline: January 2, 2016
Prizes: 1st place wins $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue, 2nd place wins $1,000 (and 10 copies, if accepted for publication),3rd place wins $600 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).
Notes: Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers.Most entries run from 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories from 2,000 to 20,000 words are fine.

The Word Hut 19th Short Story Writing Competition
Deadline: 31st of January 2016.
Prizes: £70, £30, £15. The winning story will also be published on their website.
Notes: Entry fee is £4 per entry, Submit short stories up to 1000 words on any theme or in any genre.

The Grist Books Point of View Competition 2015
Deadline: 31st of January 2016.
Prizes: £500, £250, £125
In 2016 they will be publishing a collection of five books titled I, You, He, She, It. In ‘I’, all the stories or poems will be in first person. In ‘You’, they will be in second person, etc.
Submit stories of up to 5,000 words

The Medical Science Fiction Competition
Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: £300, £200, £150, £50.
Notes: Looking for science fiction short stories and self-contained novel excerpts of up to 3,000 words that address themes of medicine, health and illness. Max two entries per person, Open to writers of any nationality over 18 years of age, free to enter.

Fish Publishing International Short Memoir Contest

Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: First – €1,000, Second – Fish online writing course, the ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.
Notes: There is no restriction on theme or style, Maximum number of words is 4,000. Entry fee for online- 16, subsequent 10 and postal 18, subsequent 12

The Artificium Competition
Deadline: 5th of February 2016
Prizes: The winner will receive £300 and there will be a prize pot of at least £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up. All prize-winners will be featured in Artificium.
Notes: short stories between 2,000-8,000 words, in English. Any genre.

Doolin Writers’ Competition Short Story Prize
Deadline: Friday 5th February 2016
Prizes: 1st Prize €1000 + Banshee Lit Editorial Team will consider the story for publication
2nd Prize- free pass to doolin writers’ weekend + 2 nights accomodation
Notes: between 1000-3000 words, entry fee is €10 per story and €5 for every story thereafter

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016 Short Story Competition
Deadline: 15th February 2016
Prizes: £500, a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice and publication of your story on the Writers’ & Artists’ website.
Notes: Submit a short story for adults, max. 2,000 words. Theme: ageing. One entry per person. There is no fee, but you must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk before you enter.

The Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction Competition 2015
Deadline: March 1st 2016.
Prizes: The prizes in each category are £250, £50, £25.
Notes: Submit poems of up to 60 lines and stories of up to 2,000 words, entry fee is £4.50 for the first entry, £3.50 for subsequent entries.

The Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award
Deadline: 1 April 2016
Prizes: 1st Prize is €1,000, 2nd Prize €500, 3rd Prize €350
Notes: No theme, between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length, entry fee is €10

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 30th April 2016
Prizes: 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400, the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.
Notes: The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers, maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length, any theme or subject, entry fee is £8

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100
Notes: Short stories: 5000 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count, entry fee is £10 for each submitted short story

Poetry Competitions

The Cultured Vultures competition

Deadline: Midnight every Saturday.
Prize: The winning poem will be published every Monday on their website, along with the second and third place winners.
Notes: Free to enter poetry competition, submit three poems of your choice (should be previously unpublished, apart from social media or your personal blog) and a small bio.

3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition
Deadline: The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January 2016.
Prizes: The winner will receive 500 euros and an invitation to read at Ó Bhéal’s ninth anniversary event in April, 2016. The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in their next annual anthology of five word poems.
Notes: They will post five words every Tuesday at noon (GMT). Entrants then have one week to submit poems (not exceeding 50 lines) that include all five words given for that week. It’s open to writers around the world and costs 5 euro to enter.

The Debut Poetry Collection Prize
Deadline: 30 November, 2015.
Prize: £500 plus publishing contract.
Up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.
Notes: Open to those who have not had a full collection published, entry fee is £12.

The 2016 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2015
Prizes: 1st Prize €1000, a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland, 2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword, 3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.
Notes: entry fee of €5 per poem or€20 per batch of five, original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less

Debut Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 November, 2015
Prize: £500 plus publishing contract.
Up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.
Notes: Open to those who have not had a full collection published. judged by Susan Richardson, entry fee is £12.

The Plough Prize 2015
Deadline: November 30th 2015
Prize: 1st Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per poem, Forty lines or under, no theme, Long and short lists published, Online and postal entry available

IHS International Haiku Competition 2015
Deadline: November 30th, 2015.
Prizes: €150, €50 and €30
Notes: Submit unpublished haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer, entry fees are €3 each or €20 with each seven haiku.Judge: Anatoly Kudryavitsky, editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the current President of the Irish Haiku Society.

2016 Porter Prize
Deadline: 1 December, 2015
Prizes: First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975. Shortlisted Poets: $500
Notes: All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live, Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English, entry fee of AU$22, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers

2016 Porter Prize
Deadline: 1 December, 2015
Prize: First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975.
Shortlisted Poets: $500
Notes: All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live, entry fee of AU$22, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers

The Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition
Deadline: 1st of December 2015.
Prizes : £100 for first prize, £25 for the runner-up, £5 for any published on their website. The best entries will also have the option of publication in their next anthology.
Notes: poems of up to 40 lines, entry fee is £3 each, or £15 for six.

The Enfield Poets: International Poetry Competition 2015
Deadline: 1 Dec 2015
Prizes: 1st – £500, 2nd – £200, 3rd – £100. Prizewinners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a special prize reading, featuring our Judge, Anne-Marie Fyfe, at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town on 6th February 2016.
Notes: Open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries from outside the U.K. are welcome, but must be written in English. There is no limit to the number of entries. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length (excluding the title). Entries can be on any subject. The entry fee is £4 per poem, or £10 for 3 poems.

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015
Deadline: 31st December 2015
Prizes: First prize is €10000, three prizes of €1000
Notes: Can write on any subject and there is no line limit, entry fee is €12 per poem.

The new Cinnamon Press mini-competition
Deadline: 31 December, 2015.
Prizes: Publication
Notes: theme of dark interiors, poems (up to 50 lines), all entries must be previously unpublished, entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition
Deadline: December 31st, 2015.
Prize: The winner in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money, publication in Hourglass and three copies of the issue.
Notes: Entry Fee is US$8, there are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries, poems should not have more than 3500 words and can submit up to three works.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Deadline: 31st December 2015
Prizes: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50. Ten shortlisted entries will be published in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology.
Notes: poetry of up to 50 lines. Open theme, entry Fee is £5, every entrant to the competition will have a tree planted in the Magic Oxygen Word Forest and the GPS co-ordinates for their tree/s will be sent to them by email after the competition deadline.

Mini-competition: ‘Dark Interiors’
Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
Prize: Publication for winners
Notes: Theme of dark interiors. Poems (up to 50 lines), Entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Magma Poetry Competition
Deadline: 18th of January 2016
Prizes: Magma Judge’s Prize – Prizes: £1,000, £300, £150. Magma Editors’ Prize- First prize is £1,000, second is £300, plus 10 Special Mentions (£15 each). The winners will also be invited to read at Magma’s prize-giving event in Spring 2016 and five prize winning entries will be published in the magazine.
Notes:Magma Judge’s Prize (poems of 11-50 lines, Magma Editors’ Prize (Submit poems of up to 10 lines), entry fee is £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Competition
Deadline: 31st of January 2016
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100. Fourth prize is 4 x £50.
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each, poems must be typed and not longer than 40 lines

The Grist Books Point of View Competition 2015
Deadline: 31st of January 2016.
Prizes: £500, £250, £125
Notes: In 2016 they will be publishing a collection of five books titled I, You, He, She, It. In ‘I’, all the stories or poems will be in first person. In ‘You’, they will be in second person, etc.
Submit 40 lines of poetry.

Hungry Hill Writing Poets meets Politics.
Deadline: 1st February 2016
Prizes: First prize of €500, additional prize of €500 for a poem marking the Easter Rising of 1916, second prize is a week’s retreat in the Creativity Cabin in Kilcatherine Point on the Beara Peninsula. There will be a third prize of €100.
Notes: Poems must be in English on a theme related to a) political issues which can be broadly interpreted or b) related specifically to the Irish Easter Rising of 1916, entry fee is €10

The Pigott Poetry Prize 2016
Deadline: Wednesday 3rd February 2016
Prizes: €5,000
Notes: The Prize is for the best book of poetry by an Irish Poet (both North and South), published between 1st February 2015 and 1st February 2016.

Doolin Writers’ Competition Short Story Prize
Deadline: Friday 5th February 2016
Prizes: 1st prize €1000 + banshee lit editorial Team will consider the poem for publication
2nd prize- free pass to doolin writers’ weekend +2 nights accommodation
Notes: entry fee is €10 for 1st poem & €5 thereafter, no longer than 40 lines

The Artificium Competition
Deadline: 5th of February 2016
Prizes: The winner will receive £150 and there will be a similar prize pot to the above.
All prize-winners will be featured in Artificium.
Notes: writing between 500-1,000 words, in English, entry fees is £5 UK residents/£6 International

Irish Children’s Haiku Contest
Deadline: 14 Feb 2016
Prize: Winner will be published in the Haiku by Children of the World anthology.
Notes: Entries should be from Ireland, and can be written in English, Irish, or any other language (with english translation attached). No entry fee is required, theme is morning. One entry per child.

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 March 2016
Prizes: First Prize is €1,000 plus publication in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar.
Notes: Entry fee is €12, single unpublished poem written for children aged 7-11 years.

The Ware Poets Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30th of April 2016
Prizes: £600, £300, £150. Ware Sonnet Prize – £150. They will also publish an anthology of the winning and shortlisted poems.
Notes: Submit poems of up to 50 lines on any subject, entry fee is £4, or £12 for four, £3 each thereafter.

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes:: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100
Notes: 42 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the line count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted, entry fee is
£9 for each submitted poem

Playwriting Competitions

The Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

Deadline: 31st of December 2015.
Prizes: All submissions will be published online and the ten top submissions will be invited to a playwriting workshop with Nigel Planer.
Notes: Open to writers of all ages, write a final scene for your own imagined version of Brave New World, judges are Dawn King and Jenny King.

The 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition
Deadline: 31st of January, 2016.
Prizes: The playwright of the best play written with English as a first language, and the playwright of the best play written with English as a second language will both receive £2200. They will also win a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov Prize for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise.
Notes: Only open to writers who live outside the UK. Submit a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters, a synopsis (up to 400 words) and an entry form.

2016 CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: Best play: $3000, second best play: $2000, third best play: $1000
The winning plays will be performed during the 2016 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers for a five night season.
Notes: Aspiring and experienced playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act play scripts, no restrictions on subject matter, theme or style, Entry fee is $30 / $45 per script

Novel Writing Competitions

The St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
Deadline: 14th of December 2015
Prize: Publication by Minotaur Books, with a $10,000 advance.
Notes: Submit a crime story of not less than 200 pages (approx. 60,000 words). You should be previously unpublished, it’s free to enter and limited to one entry per person.

Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

Deadline: Friday 18th December 2015
Prizes: Worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House, with an advance of £10,000 (subject to contract).
All longlisted entrants will receive a reader’s report of their work.
Notes: Full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years; minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length. Entry fee is £15.00 (incl. VAT)

Novella Submissions and Competitions

10th Annual Black Orchid Novella Award.
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: First prize is $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Notes: Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, no entry fee.

Novella-T
Deadline: ongoing
Notes: Pay contributors half of what we make in subscriptions, publishes novellas through a serialized format. Each week we send out a 2,000-5,000 word section of the story to subscribers, 13,000 and 40,000 words

Grants and Scholarships

The Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award
Deadline: 31st January 2016
Notes: Prize: £10,000
Notes: For first-time writers who demonstrate literary talent and who need financial support to complete their work, free to enter.

Poetry Ireland in association with Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poet-in-Residence Bursary
Deadline: Friday 11 December
Prizes: Two-week fully resourced Poet-in-Residence Bursary to take place in Spring 2016
Notes: Open call to poets resident in Ireland who have at least two collections of poems published by a recognised publisher.

2016 Porter Prize
Deadline: 1 December, 2015
Prizes: First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975. Shortlisted Poets: $500
Notes: All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live, Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English, entry fee of AU$22, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers

2016 Porter Prize
Deadline: 1 December, 2015
Prize: First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975.
Shortlisted Poets: $500
Notes: All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live, entry fee of AU$22, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers

The Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition
Deadline: 1st of December 2015.
Prizes : £100 for first prize, £25 for the runner-up, £5 for any published on their website. The best entries will also have the option of publication in their next anthology.
Notes: poems of up to 40 lines, entry fee is £3 each, or £15 for six.

The Enfield Poets: International Poetry Competition 2015
Deadline: 1 Dec 2015
Prizes: 1st – £500, 2nd – £200, 3rd – £100. Prizewinners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a special prize reading, featuring our Judge, Anne-Marie Fyfe, at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town on 6th February 2016.
Notes: Open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries from outside the U.K. are welcome, but must be written in English. There is no limit to the number of entries. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length (excluding the title). Entries can be on any subject. The entry fee is £4 per poem, or £10 for 3 poems.

The new Cinnamon Press mini-competition
Deadline: 31 December, 2015.
Prizes: Publication
Notes: theme of dark interiors, poems (up to 50 lines), all entries must be previously unpublished, entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition
Deadline: December 31st, 2015.
Prize: The winner in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money, publication in Hourglass and three copies of the issue.
Notes: Entry Fee is US$8, there are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries, poems should not have more than 3500 words and can submit up to three works.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Deadline: 31st December 2015
Prizes: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50. Ten shortlisted entries will be published in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology.
Notes: poetry of up to 50 lines. Open theme, entry Fee is £5, every entrant to the competition will have a tree planted in the Magic Oxygen Word Forest and the GPS co-ordinates for their tree/s will be sent to them by email after the competition deadline.

Mini-competition: ‘Dark Interiors’
Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
Prize: Publication for winners
Notes: Theme of dark interiors. Poems (up to 50 lines), Entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Magma Poetry Competition
Deadline: 18th of January 2016
Prizes: Magma Judge’s Prize – Prizes: £1,000, £300, £150. Magma Editors’ Prize- First prize is £1,000, second is £300, plus 10 Special Mentions (£15 each). The winners will also be invited to read at Magma’s prize-giving event in Spring 2016 and five prize winning entries will be published in the magazine.
Notes:Magma Judge’s Prize (poems of 11-50 lines, Magma Editors’ Prize (Submit poems of up to 10 lines), entry fee is £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Competition
Deadline: 31st of January 2016
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100. Fourth prize is 4 x £50.
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each, poems must be typed and not longer than 40 lines

The Grist Books Point of View Competition 2015
Deadline: 31st of January 2016.
Prizes: £500, £250, £125
Notes: In 2016 they will be publishing a collection of five books titled I, You, He, She, It. In ‘I’, all the stories or poems will be in first person. In ‘You’, they will be in second person, etc.
Submit 40 lines of poetry.

Doolin Writers’ Competition Short Story Prize
Deadline: Friday 5th February 2016
Prizes: 1st prize €1000 + banshee lit editorial Team will consider the poem for publication
2nd prize- free pass to doolin writers’ weekend +2 nights accommodation
Notes: entry fee is €10 for 1st poem & €5 thereafter, no longer than 40 lines

The Artificium Competition
Deadline: 5th of February 2016
Prizes: The winner will receive £150 and there will be a similar prize pot to the above.
All prize-winners will be featured in Artificium.
Notes: writing between 500-1,000 words, in English, entry fees is £5 UK residents/£6 International

Irish Children’s Haiku Contest
Deadline: 14 Feb 2016
Prize: Winner will be published in the Haiku by Children of the World anthology.
Notes: Entries should be from Ireland, and can be written in English, Irish, or any other language (with english translation attached). No entry fee is required, theme is morning. One entry per child.

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 March 2016
Prizes: First Prize is €1,000 plus publication in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar.
Notes: Entry fee is €12, single unpublished poem written for children aged 7-11 years.

The Ware Poets Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30th of April 2016
Prizes: £600, £300, £150. Ware Sonnet Prize – £150. They will also publish an anthology of the winning and shortlisted poems.
Notes: Submit poems of up to 50 lines on any subject, entry fee is £4, or £12 for four, £3 each thereafter.

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes:: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100
Notes: 42 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the line count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted, entry fee is
£9 for each submitted poem

Playwriting Competitions

The Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

Deadline: 31st of December 2015.
Prizes: All submissions will be published online and the ten top submissions will be invited to a playwriting workshop with Nigel Planer.
Notes: Open to writers of all ages, write a final scene for your own imagined version of Brave New World, judges are Dawn King and Jenny King.

The 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition
Deadline: 31st of January, 2016.
Prizes: The playwright of the best play written with English as a first language, and the playwright of the best play written with English as a second language will both receive £2200. They will also win a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov Prize for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise.
Notes: Only open to writers who live outside the UK. Submit a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters, a synopsis (up to 400 words) and an entry form.

2016 CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: Best play: $3000, second best play: $2000, third best play: $1000
The winning plays will be performed during the 2016 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers for a five night season.
Notes: Aspiring and experienced playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act play scripts, no restrictions on subject matter, theme or style, Entry fee is $30 / $45 per script

Novel Writing Competitions

The St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
Deadline: 14th of December 2015
Prize: Publication by Minotaur Books, with a $10,000 advance.
Notes: Submit a crime story of not less than 200 pages (approx. 60,000 words). You should be previously unpublished, it’s free to enter and limited to one entry per person.

Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

Deadline: Friday 18th December 2015
Prizes: Worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House, with an advance of £10,000 (subject to contract).
All longlisted entrants will receive a reader’s report of their work.
Notes: Full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years; minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length. Entry fee is £15.00 (incl. VAT)

Novella Submissions and Competitions

10th Annual Black Orchid Novella Award.
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: First prize is $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Notes: Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, no entry fee.

Novella-T

Deadline: ongoing
Notes: Pay contributors half of what we make in subscriptions, publishes novellas through a serialized format. Each week we send out a 2,000-5,000 word section of the story to subscribers, 13,000 and 40,000 words

Grants and Scholarships

New Writer Scholarship 2015
Deadline: Nov 29, 2015
Prize: The scholarship award is $4,000
Notes: Anyone at least 16 years of age, your submitted work (Short story/Poem/Blog post/Any written material you are proud of) cannot be published and your submission has not been submitted to any other printed material that may publish this same work, work must be in English but your country of residence can be anywhere.

The Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award
Deadline: 31st January 2016
Notes: Prize: £10,000
Notes: For first-time writers who demonstrate literary talent and who need financial support to complete their work, free to enter.

Poetry Ireland in association with Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poet-in-Residence Bursary
Deadline: Friday 11 December
Prizes: Two-week fully resourced Poet-in-Residence Bursary to take place in Spring 2016
Notes: Open call to poets resident in Ireland who have at least two collections of poems published by a recognised publisher.

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