4th October 2018 at 10:52 am #56454
Have you read Sarah’s last newsletter about how to win a writing competition? She’s also sent a list of several upcoming competitions you don’t want to miss! Are you going to enter any of them?
Also, I’m just sharing another competition here. Here is the message of the organiser: “We’re running a flash fiction competition http://www.londonindependentstoryprize.co.uk Please check out, our judges are international and multicultural, we value the strong voices and experimental writing. Hope you’ll like the content, and we’ll be so happy if you take us on your competition lists.”
You might want to look this up as well!
4th October 2018 at 1:34 pm #56465
A couple more competitions:
Paul Torday Memorial Prize
Deadline November 15 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest from the Society of Authors gives 1,000 pounds for a debut novel by an author aged 60+ that was first published in the UK or Ireland in the past two years. Publisher should send 5 copies. Sponsored by the family of British writer Paul Torday (1946-2013), whose first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, was publised at age 60.
4th October 2018 at 1:36 pm #56466
RSL Christopher Bland Prize launched to encourage older writers
A new £10,000 prize to encourage and celebrate the work of older writers is being launched by the family and friends of the late Sir…
The deadline for entries is 12th December, with the winner to be announced in May 2019. For further details, visit the RSL website: https://rsliterature.org/
18th December 2018 at 1:51 pm #75918
Just flagging up a new competition, as submissions for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award are open.
Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, supporting new writing talent and presents writers with a fantastic opportunity to further their involvement in the literary world.
Publication is awarded within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, as well as a £1,000 cash prize, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage.
I hope you’re interested in it. Good luck if you submit to them!
20th December 2018 at 4:54 pm #76194
Thanks for these updates. The Aesthetica one raises a difficulty I’ve often encountered. I suspect this competition, like many others, is for literary fiction – but it doesn’t exactly say that. The FAQs just say you can “submit work on any subject”.
Does anyone have any tips on how to work out what sort of writing is expected by a competition? Obviously if previous winners are published online you can read them – but you can’t really buy dozens of anthologies just in case you might want to enter those competitions.
Looking at Aesthetica’s website I think it’s pretty clear they’re not after a quirky comedy based on a spaceship (*rushes off to write that*) but for many other competitions it’s much harder to tell.
Not sure anyone can give a simple answer to this – I guess it’s case by case – but I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts.
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