Monday roundup

Welcome to our new Monday roundup, where every week we’ll have info on upcoming competitions and other submissions opportunities for writers! If there are any submissions or competitions you feel should be included, do contact us and let us know!

Submission Calls

Writer Igniter

The current theme is ORIGINS, must use a prompt from www.writerigniter.com
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Looking for: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction 2000,Fiction 2000, Poetry up to 5 poems

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.

The Incubator Journal

Deadline: March; fiction. memoir (3000 words max.)
June; fiction. one scene plays (10 pages max.)
September; fiction. essays (2500 words max. Any subject)
December; fiction. poems (4 max. Any subject, any length)

Looking for: flash fiction (1000 words and under) 3 pieces max.
short stories (3000 words max.) 1 piece.

Short Stories Competitions

The Big Smoke 101 Competition
Deadline: June 8th 2015
Prizes: Big Smoke Writing School gift voucher, published on pastcards that are handed out on the day, the chance to read your story at the National Flash Fiction Day event NewsFlash.
Notes: only 101 words, 2 stories max can be sent (in separate emails please!) to flash@bigsmokewritingfactory.com.

Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Prize: 1st place wins $1,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories.
2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700.
3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700
Notes: Reading fee is $15 per story, entries should not exceed 3,000 words.

Manchester Writing Competition 2015

Deadline: Friday 25th September 2015
Prize: £10,000
Notes: Entry fee is £17.50, judges are Nicholas Royle, Stuart Kelly,Leone Ross, 2,500 words, open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Prizes: £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
One year print subscription to Granta
A complimentary copy of the Anthology
Notes: 2,000 words,One £15 entry fee allows you to submit up to two poems or one short story.

Prolitzer Prize for prose writing 2015

Deadline: October 1st 2015
Prizes: £200, Publication in Prole 18 in December 2015
Publication on the Prole website
2 x runner up prizes of £50, possible publication in Prole 18
Publication on the Prole website
Notes: £4.00 for first entry, £3.00 for any subsequent entries, Word limit 2500, Winners will be announced in issue 18 of Prole in December 2015 and on website by December 15th 2015.

Moth Short Story Prize

Deadline: 30 June 2015.
Prizes: 1st: €3,000
2nd: Week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including a €250 travel stipend)
3rd: €1,000
Notes: 6,000 word limit, entry fee is €12 per story, enter as many stories as you like.

Books Ireland in association with IMRAM short story competition

Deadline: 30 June 2015
Prizes: two categories each have a first prize of €400, a second prize of €200 and a third prize of €100. First prize stories will be published in a future issue of Books Ireland and overall winners will have the opportunity to attend a creative writing workshop. (First prize in the English language category is a place on the Kiltrumper Writing Workshop facilitated by Niall Williams.)
Notes: Submissions are welcomed from all nationalities in both English and Irish languages, words allowed is 2,600

Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Deadline: 5pm GMT on 24 July 2015
Prizes: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine
Notres: Fiction and Life Writing, 3000 words, open to anyone who has not published a complete book in their chosen category

2015 Brighton Prize

Deadline: 7th July.
Prizes: First prize: £500
2 runners up prizes: £100 each
Notes: 1000 and 2000 words long. Writers of the top ten stories invited to read their story at our live show and prizegiving on 2nd November

THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Deadline: 31 July
Prizes: 1st: €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.
2nd: €500 and publication in Southword.
Notes: open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to July annually, 3,000 words or fewer

Brilliant Flash Fiction

Deadline: JUNE 15, 2015
Prizes: 50 euro first prize (or equivalent amount in your currency)
25 euro second prize * 15 euro third prize
Notes: No Entry Fee, Unlimited Entries, theme of EQUALITY, Word limit: 300

Caterpillar Short Story Prize

Deadline: 30 SEPTEMBER 2015
Prizes: The winning story will feature in the winter 2015 issue of The Caterpillar
Notes: Open to anyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished,entry fee is €12 per story, 2,000 words written by an adult for children (aged 7–11)

Poetry Competitions

Manchester Writing Competition: The Manchester Poetry Prize

Deadline: Friday 25th September 2015
Prize: £10,000
Notes: Entry fee is £17.50, judges are Adam O’Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller, best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines)

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Prizes: £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
One year print subscription to Granta
A complimentary copy of the Anthology
Notes: One £15 entry fee allows you to submit up to two poems, no more than 40 lines

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2015

Deadline: June 15th
Prizes: 1st prize: £2,000
Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park and a mentoring session with the Editor of premier magazine The Poetry Review
2nd prize £400, 3rd prize £200, and 17 other finalists each win £2
Notes: Entry fee is £7 for up to three poems, judge is Deryn Rees-Jones

Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2015
Deadline: June 15th
Prizes: 1st prize: Publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books in 2016
Plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet, and a ten per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia.
Notes: Entry fee is £20 per pamphlet, judge is Amy Wack (Seren Books)

Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Deadline: 5pm GMT on 24 July 2015
Prizes: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine
Notes: maximum of 5 poems, open to anyone who has not published a complete book in their chosen category

Novel Writing Competitions

Women’s Novel Competition 2015

Deadline: Sept 2015
Prizes: 1st prize: £5,000
The winner and four other finalists will receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and and an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.
Notes: Entry fee: £25 per novel, novel can be in any genre, but must be for adult or young adult readers, at least 50,000 words.

Luke Bitmead Bursary

Deadline: 1st August
Prize: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary
Notes: Adult novels only, novels must be already completed before entry, novels must be 50k words or over to be considered, £10 entry fee per submission

The Beth Children’s novel award

Deadline: midnight GMT on October 11th 2015
Prize: £1,000 plus Minerva trophy
Notes: Novels can be in any genre for children who are able to read for themselves or young adult readers
There are no minimum or maximum word count restrictions, however as a guide, they recommend 6-10,000 for a chapter book, 40-60,000 for middle grade and 50-70,000 words for YA, entrants should not have had a novel, for any age group, accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house, independently published novelists are eligible.

Penny Dreadful Novella Prize

Deadline: 30th of September.
Prize: €2,000 for the winning author and publication of their novella by The Dreadful Press.
Notes: between 15,000 and 35,000 words, entry fee is €10 per manuscript at a maximum of two manuscripts per entry. Entries are open to residents of Ireland and the UK only

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