Monday, 21 of April 2014

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Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition

Twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this competition.

First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500

open for entries from May 1st to June 30th.

For more details, please see here


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Flarestack Poets are open for submissions

Birmingham small press Flarestack Poets is open to submissions from 1st March to 31st May 2014.

Check out their submission page for details

If you want to see what their current poetry pamphlets look like, they will be at the Birmingham Independent Book Fair on 12th April

 


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Open submissions window at Jonathan Cape

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination.

Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress.

For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through www.capegraphicnovels.co.uk

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to capesubmissions@randomhouse.co.uk. Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission.

Regrettably, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond in every instance, but all entries will be read. Submissions received after 30 June will not be considered

http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/capesubmissions/


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A ‘RIDICULOUS’ SHORT STORY COMPETITION

SHORT STORY COMPETITION, from Heather King

OPEN TO:   UNPUBLISHED AUTHORS

CLOSING DATE:   30 APRIL 2014

GENRE:   ANY BUT HORROR

WORD LIMIT:   1500 words

JUDGES:   SUE JOHNSON, HEATHER KING

PRIZES:   1ST £50     2ND £25    3RD £15

ENTRY FEE:   £5.00

OPENING SENTENCE:      ”She did not need a looking glass to know she must look a fright.”

Cheques made payable to Sue Johnson

Double space entry

Put contact details on separate sheet

Entries will not be returned, so please do not send your only copy!
Only postal entries accepted. Please ensure correct postage!

 

Send To:

 

‘Ridiculous’ Short Story Competition,

c/o 2, Teme Close,

Bromyard,

Herefordshire.

HR7 4TP

http://regencywriter-hking.blogspot.co.uk/


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Write a chocolate short story and win lunch with Joanne Harris

The FIG Tree in Garstang is delighted to announce their FIRST SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION!
The challenge for budding writers is to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words on the theme of chocolate.
Shortlisted entries to be judged by our patron, the acclaimed author Joanne Harris
PRIZE: The top three finalists will be invited for lunch with Joanne Harris at The FIG Tree on Sunday 27th April 2014 and given free admission to her talk and discussion at the Crofters Hotel on the  same day.
Entry fee: £4 per story or £7 for two stories
No restriction on the number of stories entered by any individual
1000 words maximum per short story
Closing date: Friday 14th February 2014
Find full details here: http://www.fairtradecentre.org/

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MMU Novella Award

In 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Faculty is launching the inaugural MMU Novella Award, the first iteration of what will become a bi-annual literary prize. The competition will conclude with a one-day Novella Festival at the Cheshire Campus consisting of readings, talks and panel discussions. Novelist Jenn Ashworth will front the judging panel and decide the winner after a team of internal readers whittles down the submissions to a shortlist

Entries must be between 20,000 and 40,000 words long. The closing date for the competition is 23 May 2014

Details: http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/dev/novella/


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Belper Short Story Competition

Due to its success last year, the Belper short story competition will again form part of the wider Belper Arts Festival.

Entrants may submit, by 31st March 2014, an original, previously unpublished story on any subject or genre.

The maximum word limit is 2500. There is an entry fee of £5 per story.

The best story will recieve a prize of £200. Second prize is a £50 book voucher.

Contact Kathy or Joan for an entry form.

http://www.belperartsfestival.org/litMain.php

Note that Birmingham Writers Group member Simon Fairbanks won this competition last year – take a look at his winning entry at the page above!


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Abandoned Press

We received the following from Abandoned Press:

We’re the Abandoned Press, at abandonedpress.co.uk, email address contact@andonedpress.co.uk, and we’re looking for authors whose writing excites, perhaps the sort of work that would not normally be picked up by more established publishers.
Our intention is to publish actual, old-fashioned, physical, paper books – alongside online publishing and e-books – as we believe that there is still a future in the medium. Just to clarify, this is not about vanity publishing – we don’t intend to publish anything we don’t love.

Website: www.abandonedpress.co.uk


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Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic: 2 opens for submissions

They want contemporary tales with all the magic and wonder of myth and legend, blending modern life with the traditions of folklore from around the world.

Whether lurking in dark alleys or brash shopping malls, ensconced in upscale riverside penthouse lofts or humble suburban semis, they want to see the fantastic woven into the everyday.

They want fiction that entertains but also pushes beyond the usual urban fantasy boundaries – action, folk tales re-imagined, mythic creatures adapting to the urban environment – be it noir, humour, dark, literary or light, there must be a recognisable mythic thread. Fully realised characters are a must and solid plots extremely desirable.

See the website for more details:

http://janedwardsblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/subs-window-for-alchemy-press-book-of-urban-mythic-2-opens-today/


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Writers new to radio – BBC call for submissions

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
The next window for sending in material is January 6th – February 14th 2014. We are unable to respond to unsolicited stories submitted outside this time-frame.

As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines programme pages. The three successful writers will be invited to London for an afternoon in Broadcasting House and the chance to see their stories recorded.

More details here


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