Creative Nonfiction are seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to power. They are looking for true stories that explore the dynamics within groups and systems, however big or small—for example, family units, schools, sports, churches, and government. Deadline: June 10, 2019.
Writing West Midlands is running a two half-day course looking at what types of writing projects might attract public and private funding and how to make a good application. It will focus on funding from Arts Council England through their Lottery Project Grants scheme and their Developing Your Creative Practice scheme. Birmingham, June 8 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm £25.
The Big Issue has joined forces with Avon, HarperCollins to find Britain's next great crime writer. The competition accepts submissions from across the UK and the winner will receive a two-book deal with the HarperCollins division Avon. To enter, send the complete manuscript plus a synopsis of no more than 100 words. Entry is free. Deadline 31 May.
The HWA & Sharpe Books Unpublished Novel Award will be given for an original, unpublished manuscript of historical fiction. The winner will receive a publishing contract with Sharpe Books and £500. There are two further prizes of £100. Novels may be any genre, including mystery, crime, adventure, romance or literary, as long as the majority of the story is set at least 35 years in the past. Manuscripts should be between 40,000 and 100,000 words. Writers entering the competition may be published or unpublished. Each entrant will be offered a consultation with Sharpe Books MD Richard Foreman.
The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is open for submissions in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. The prize was launched ten years ago to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. The winners of each category will be published by Wasafiri in print and online and receive a £1,000 cash prize. They will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility). Judges include Louise Doughty, who will be judging the fiction, Warsan Shire, who will be judging the poetry, and Nikesh Shukla, who will be judging the life writing category.
The Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 is a literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing between 1st May and 31 August 2019. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts.
English PEN’s translation grant is now open for submissions. PEN Translates was launched in 2012, with support from Arts Council England, to encourage UK publishers to acquire more books from other languages. The award helps UK publishers to meet the costs of translating new works into English – whilst ensuring translators are acknowledged and paid properly for their work. All winners are featured on PEN’s World Bookshelf. PEN Translates is open to works from all languages, and it is not essential for publishers to have acquired the rights at the time of application. The deadline is 31 May 2019.
The Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation 2019 is now open, with Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon and Mary Jean Chan confirmed as judges. Entrants in the UK or Ireland are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words. Translations up to 60 lines long are welcomed, and extracts are accepted. Prizes range from £100, up to £1000 for first place in the open competition. There are three categories in the main prize: Open (adult), 18-and-under and 14-and-under, and the Polish Spotlight returns for a second year running for entrants aged 18-and-under. The closing date for entires is 12 July.
Commonword has announced that submissions are open for Indivisible, an anthology of poetry, short fiction and monologues. Indivisible will be an anthology of work by writers who have an invisible disability. The anthology will be made up of poetry, monologues (no longer than 500 words) and flash fiction (no longer than 500 words). Entries can be on any theme, though writers are free to write about disability should they wish to. The book will include work from 30 writers.The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 31st May 2019.