Friday, 27 of November 2015

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Stephen King short fiction competition

Hodder & Stoughton are running a short story competition, in which King himself will pick the winner.

The prize will include publication of the winning story on the the Guardian books website and a chance to improve your skills at a Guardian Masterclass run by King’s UK editor, Philippa Pride.

“We’re looking for original and gripping stories of not more than 4,000 words. Your story must be inspired by and reflect some aspect of the brief King has provided:”

Click here for details on how to enter the competition. The closing date is 18 December, 2015.

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Angry Robot Open Submissions

Open for submissions: 1st December 2015

Doors close: Midnight GMT on 31st January 2016. Anything sent after that time will not be read.


In brief, a previously unpublished, original, novel-length work of speculative or fantastical fiction.

Length: Novel-length, which we’re arbitrarily judging as 70-150,000 words. Your novel should be finished.

Age: Adult-level please. Your book should be for an adult audience. This means a specifically Young Adult or Middle Grade novel is not appropriate in this instance. Sure, there may be secondary characters who are teenagers or children.

Subject: Anything broadly in the subject of science fiction or fantasy, a book that would sit in the adult SF/Fantasy section of a typical bookstore. This includes steampunk, dark fantasy, alternate history, military SF, modern fantasy, horror, space opera, dieselpunk, cyberpunk, whatever else they come up with between now and the closing date. Look at our existing range of 150+ novels for a good indication of what we publish already.

See here for further details

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Gollancz to open for direct submissions in January

From the Gollancz website:
  • Submissions will be open 4th to 22nd January 2016.
  • We will only be accepting PHYSICAL submissions.
  • We will only consider SF, Fantasy, Horror or YA Crossover novels. They must be complete and more than 80,000 words.
  • We will consider previously self-published works.

See full details here.


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Harper Voyager Impulse Submissions



Come back here ( on November 2nd at Noon Eastern to start submitting for this Fall’s open call!

While we’re always on the lookout for full-length fantasy, science fiction, and horror, we’re really in the market right now for Urban Fantasy and Military Sci-Fi. And be sure to check back throughout the year—we’ll be doing other calls for different genres as well!

Keep in mind we are looking for full length manuscripts between 60,000 and 90,000 words. The submission window closes on November 6th so get your manuscripts ready!


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Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

First Prize: £1,000
2nd: £300 3rd: £100 4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe
* Entry fee: £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each
* Closing date: 31 January 2016
* Entries to:
The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG
* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

Or enter on-line

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Pens of Erdington creative writing competition

A prize winning challenge to local budding writers, a chance to uncover your creativity in writing.
The local creative writers group Pens of Erdington, is launching a Creative Writing Competition on 22nd September 2015.
Open to all ages in two categories, Adults 16 years of age and over, Children up to 15 years. There are cash prizes for the winners in each category with the final winners being judged by well known local writer and performer Jan Watts, former Poet Laureate of Birmingham 2011-12.

Closing date is the 5th November 2015, winners will be announced and prizes awarded by Jan Watts on 12th December 2015 at Erdington Library.
Entry forms and full competition details are available from the Pens of Erdington website:
They are downloadable to print out or printed copies can be picked up from the Erdington Library, Orphanage Road, Erdington.

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mac Birmingham seek emerging creatives to be part of new magazine Forge

Calling all emerging 16-30 West Midland based creatives! mac Birmingham is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new culture magazine Forge. It is being developed by the Icing Agency, a group of young creatives, as part of the Next Generation ‘Creative Agency’ project. The magazine aims to highlight the work of creative young people across the region and we are interested in hearing from: writers, artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, collectors and cultural promoters.

Forge is seeking submissions on the loose theme of ‘Meraki’, a word that describes what happens when you leave a piece of yourself -your soul, creativity, or love- in your creative work. Forge aims to gather together varied content for the magazine whether it’s about you, someone you know, an organisation you support or just a thought about culture.

Forge are seeking journalistic writing, personal stories, poetry, photography, and  visual art submissions. In addition to finished pieces, we’re also accepting ideas for articles e.g interviews, reviews or features.

For more details please download our submissions form from the Forge website.


Deadline: 5pm, 3rd August 2015




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Chaos in Lancashire short story competition

Chorley & District Writers’ Circle launch their annual short story competition with prizes totalling £180.

The theme this year is a little bit different: ‘Chaos in Lancashire’. We are looking for a setting in or strong connection to any part of Lancashire.

Maximum word count is 2,000.

Closing date: 4 Oct 2015

Judge: Shortlist will be judged by the competition’s sponsors: editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback

Prizes: £100, £50 and £30

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three.

The three winning stories will be published in the Circle’s annual collection of writing, Aware. Shortlisted entrants’ names and story titles will be listed in Aware, and on the Circle’s website and Facebook page as well as on sponsor Fiction Feedback’s website. All rights remain with the author.

Submissions: can be made by email or post. Email: Post: Chorley & District Writers’ Circle, The Writing House, 3 Dale View, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3QJ.

Please submit a separate cover page with your name, contact details including email and phone, story title(s) and first line(s). Please ensure the story manuscript itself does not feature your name. If emailing, please send the cover sheet and your story as two separate files attached to the same email.

Payment is by cheque to the above address or by PayPal. Please ensure you provide details to enable us to marry up your payment, however you make it, with your story submission.

We reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund entry fees if entries are insufficient to cover the prize fund.

See our website for more details including the PayPal button: Any queries:

We hope you have fun writing a story with this intriguing theme.


People sometimes ask what criteria the stories are judged by. These are fairly equal considerations:

1)      Interpretation of theme

2)      Originality

3)      Quality of writing; narrative drive, pace and flow, characterisation, plot, technique

4)      Quality of prose; grammar, spelling and punctuation.

We hope that’s helpful and look forward to receiving your entry by October 4.


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Curtis Brown taking pitches over twitter

Literary agent Curtis Brown are inviting pitches over Twitter:

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The National Literacy Trust’s new Poetry Prize

The National Literacy Trust has  just launched an exciting new Poetry Prize with Bloomsbury Publishing!

Enter your poems and one of them could feature in a poster campaign across the country.

There’s also an iPad and £250 of books up for grabs. All proceeds go to the work of the National Literacy Trust.

Open now, closes 31 August 2015 with an announcement of the shortlist on 2 October, National Poetry Day.


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