Monday, 23 of April 2018

WINCHESTER POETRY PRIZE

We are pleased to announce that the Winchester Poetry Prize is now open for entries for the 2018 prize.
The prize will be judged by Liz Berry who will read all the entries and will be present the prizes to winners at the prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6 October 2018.

First prize will be £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250.
Long-listed poets will be invited to read at the special prize-giving event in Winchester at which the winners will be announced. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day.
Festival chair, Stephen Boyce said: “We’ve been exceptionally pleased with the response to the Winchester Poetry Prize. It’s very rewarding to receive so many thoughtful, well-crafted and original poems, and we enjoy all the more celebrating the poets’ work at our prize-giving reading and in our anthology. I am delighted that Liz Berry, who made such an impact at the 2014 festival, has agreed to be our judge for 2018.”

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and entries may be on any subject in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee is £5 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent entry.

Closing date is 31 July 2018. Full details of how to enter are on the Winchester Poetry Festival website.


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Harper’s Bazaar Literary Salon

Taking place in London on 20 May; a day of talks and panels featuring leading female novelists such as Ali Smith, Elif Shafak and Tessa Hadley and senior women from the world of publishing.
Includes a panel titled ‘How to Get Your First Book Published’, in which experts including Bazaar‘s editor-in-chief Justine Picardie, Bloomsbury’s group editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle and the literary agent Karolina Sutton offer advice on how to make your manuscript stand out.

Tickets start at £25 (£75 for the whole day) and include a bespoke gift bag and a champagne reception.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bazaar-literary-salon-tickets-39086628157


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Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon Announces Return of Literary Prize, The Kindle UK Storyteller Award

Winning author to receive £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at central London award ceremony later this year

After the success of the first award in 2017 with thousands of entries, the Kindle UK Storyteller Award returns for its second year

 

London – 10th April 2018 – Amazon UK today announced The Kindle Storyteller Award 2018, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by authors, independent of genre around the country. The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk from 1st May 2018 to 31st August 2018.

 

Readers will play a significant role in the competition with the award shortlist compiled based on a number of factors that measure customer interest in the titles, followed by an esteemed panel of judges made up of book and publishing industry experts who will select the Kindle Storyteller 2018 winner.

 

The prize will be announced at a central London ceremony in the Autumn, with the winning author awarded a cash prize of £20,000 and a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk as well as the opportunity to have their book translated for international sales.

 

Claire Johnson, Head of Kindle Content, Amazon UK said, ‘we are delighted to bring back the Kindle Storyteller Award for a second year. Our aim is to encourage aspiring authors and those who have already been published, to start writing and release their first – or next – story. Publishing a book has never been easier’.

 

Alessio Santarelli, Director of Kindle Content EU, added ‘this award encourages people to be creative and pursue their passion. Great books deserve to be celebrated and that’s what we want to do with the Kindle Storyteller competition’.

 

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, free and easy way for authors to keep control and publish their books in print and digital to a global audience, and receive up to 70% royalties on their work. On any given day, up to 25% of the Top 100 books on the Kindle store are published through KDP.

 

David Leadbeater, the winner of the 2017 UK Kindle Storyteller Award said, ‘Winning the 2017 Storyteller Award has been a dream, and its enabled me to go further in my career than I ever thought possible, taking my readers along with me. When I started publishing independently in 2011, Kindle Direct Publishing changed my life. I can’t wait to see what tales and stories authors come up with for this year’s competition’.

 

Claire Allfree, the Metro’s Literary Editor added, ‘My favourite thing about this prize is the diversity of literary genres and authors, as I witnessed whilst on the judging panel this year. I’m excited to read the shortlist again and to see what brilliant and talented writers from across the country submit again’.

 

The Kindle Storyteller prize is open to submissions of new English language books from eligible authors and genres, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Titles must be previously unpublished, with a minimum of 24 pages in paperback. Readers can access all titles entered into the prize in print or in the Kindle store on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets.

 

For the Kindle Storyteller Award, at least five books from all submissions will be selected for the shortlist. The shortlist is ultimately chosen by the readers themselves, as positive reviews are a focal point of the shortlisting process. The judging panel will then select a winner.

 

The Kindle Storyteller Award 2018 opens for entries on 1st May 2018, and titles must be entered into the KDP Select programme and remain there for the duration of the competition. For further information authors can visit www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller.

 


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Free workshop on marketing and publicity from Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press

Specifically designed for authors and small presses, this two hour marketing and publicity workshop will focus on how to create impactful campaigns with tiny (or zero) budget.

We’ll cover such topics as: how to use social media if you’re time stretched; how to mobilise your authors to promote their titles; how to write a press release that hooks with the first line; how to garner great endorsements for your authors; creating book jackets that will grab attention; best practice around creating a marketing and publicity campaign, and how to engage with literary editors, reviewers, bloggers and radio producers.

Saturday 7th April

1400-1630

Custard Factory

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marketing-publicity-on-a-shoestring-budget-room-204-tickets-43385364794

 

 


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Harpers Bazaar Free short story competition

The 2018 edition of the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition closes in just over two weeks

Those wishing to apply should submit 2,500 words on the subject of ‘The Looking Glass’ to shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk.

The deadline is 9 April 2018 and it is free to enter.

The winner will receive a two-night stay and a three-course dinner for two at Amberley Castle and the chance to be published by Harper’s Bazaar. Please find the terms and conditions on the link below.

 

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/culture-news/a36157/harpers-bazaar-short-story-competition-2018/

 


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Emma Press Party and Launch

The Emma Press is celebrating five years of running as an independent press with a big anniversary party at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter on 17th March.

The party is also going to serve as a launch for our newest anthology: ‘The Emma Press Anthology of Love’. Poets who are featured in the book will be reading, we’ll have lots of copies on hand, and there will be drinks, games and goody bags too.

What’s more, for those who want to know what it’s really like to be a young female entrepreneur in Birmingham, the press’s founder, Emma Wright, will be talking about what goes on behind the scenes.

Join them for poetry readings, games, and more: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-emma-press-is-five-years-old-tickets-42708743000?aff=efbeventtix

 


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Black Library Anniversary Open Submissions (Games Workshop)

Open submissions until 10th April 2018

Read the process carefully, they are looking for ideas and writing samples.

Get all details on the website


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Ryedale Book Festival short story competition

Ryedale Book Festival and Blackthorn Press are joining forces to present an exciting opportunity for writers in the United Kingdom who are over 18 years old, to see their short story in print
There are cash prizes for the three winning entries [1st £ 250; 2nd £ 150; 3rd £ 100].

The competition opens on 25th January and the deadline for submissions is 9:00 am on 31st March 2018. Please note ENTRY is FREE and by EMAIL ONLY.
The best ten stories will be published by Blackthorn Press in a perfectly bound anthology as well as in eBook format.

The winners will be announced at a Ryedale Book Festival event in Malton, North Yorkshire on 22nd September when the printed books will also be on sale.
See website for details: http://ryedalebookfestival.com/writing-competitions/


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MONSTERS OF ANY KIND

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology MONSTERS OF ANY KIND, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, to be published in October 2018 in print and digital editions. Cover art by Wendy Saber Core.
We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 3,500-5,000 words.
Submissions Close: July 10, 2018
Pay Rate: We pay $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
See website for more details


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Write for Mills & Boon True Love

We’re looking for new authors for our Mills & Boon True Love series and we want to see YOUR fresh, vibrant voice! Submit your contemporary Mills & Boon True Love submission between February 1st and Valentine’s Day. Get a response, including editorial feedback, by Wednesday, February 21st!

Do you adore a feel-good love story? Mills & Boon True Love offers uplifting escapes featuring real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men. We’re on the lookout for new authors and you could be the next member of the fabulous Mills & Boon True Love family! We publish 50,000-word contemporary romances that whisk readers away to glamorous locations around the world. Relatable characters, engaging emotional drama, low sensuality and an unforgettable love story are a must! Check out our full guidelines below.

What you need to know:

  • The Mills & Boon True Love Blitz will run from Thursday 1st February 2018 – Wednesday 14th February 2018.
  • We’re looking for a query letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, first chapter and complete synopsis only – no need to have the full manuscript written!
  • If we love the voice, we’ll invite you to submit further chapters and work with you on developing your story to its full potential. Please note that requests for additional chapters are not a guarantee of publication.
  • Please submit your entry at harlequin.submittable.com, ‘Harlequin Romance Blitz’. This page will be live from Thursday 1st February 2018 – Wednesday 14th February 2018.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • All entries will receive editorial feedback by Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Why enter?

  • Skip the slush pile and hear back from us within ONE WEEK after the submission period ends! Every submission will receive a response by Wednesday, February 21st.
  • Editorial feedback for every Mills & Boon True Love submission we receive.
  • The possibility of having your novel published in the global Mills & Boon True Love line! We will request to see more of the manuscripts which show the most promise for the series

Further details on the website: https://blog.millsandboon.co.uk/mills-boon-true-love-blitz/


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