Butcher's Dog poetry magazine are currently accepting submissions for their fifteenth issue. There's no theme or fees: just brilliant poetry. Simply send them up to three of your best unpublished poems by Valentine's Day.The Spring 2021 issue will be co-edited by Jo Clement and Ian Humphreys. They are paritcularly keen to hear from anybody who feels as though they are writing from the margins.
The Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting seeks entries of 5,000 - 30,000 words by writers based in the UK or Ireland (or writers based elsewhere who have been educated in Wales for a period of over six months). The prize is judged by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies. First prize is £1,000 as an advance against e-publication plus a critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. Second prize is a four-night stay at Nant, the retreat at Literature Wales’ Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre and third prize is a two-night stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire. Extracts from the winners and the highly commended entries will be published in the New Welsh Reader and the writers will receive the associated fee. A writer aged between 18 – 25 will also be considered for publication either online or in print. Entry costs £12 with bursaries available; the closing date is 16 March 2021. Visit www.bit.ly/NewWelshAwards for more information #NewWelshAwards
HarperFiction has launched Killing It: The Killer Reads Competition for Undiscovered Writers which aims to open the door for crime authors looking for a way into the publishing industry.The competition, which is encouraging submissions from Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in particular, is offering three winners editorial reports from HarperFiction crime editors on their full manuscripts, covering pace, characterisation, pitch, and more, plus editorial mentoring with up to three one-hour sessions.Entrants are asked to send the first 10,000 words of their fiction crime, thriller or suspense novel and the book needs to be complete or near complete by April to enter, as full scripts may be called in. They must also include a short synopsis of up to 500 words and a short paragraph about themselves, sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th April 2021.An optional opening sentence is also provided for those who might be just getting started: “The body was lying in the snow, covered in a smattering of dead leaves.” The judging panel will feature HarperFiction editorial director Phoebe Morgan, commissioning editor Kathryn Cheshire, assistant editor Sophie Churcher, and crime reviewer and journalist Ayo Onatade.
Word Factory is open for applications to the Word Factory Apprentice Award 2021 in partnership with the Northern Writers' Awards and the Society of Authors. Our judges will select two award winners, one of whom must be based in the north. We are delighted that this year our mentors are Toby Litt and Catherine Menon. The award will be judged by co-founders Cathy Galvin and Paul McVeigh, joined this year by writer Leone Ross and New Writing North's Will Mackie. This is your opportunity to join the distinguished Word Factory Apprentice Award alumnae. Previous winners of our mentoring award have achieved industry recognition - including publication with independent and mainstream publishers such as Salt and Faber and awards and shortlistings including the Guardian BAME prize, Bath Flash Fiction Prize, Wasafiri and McKitterick Prize.
The Literary Consultancy’s annual Writers' Day is going digital! Join in for a day of online talks and workshops run by industry professionals, creative challenges and workshops for you to get involved with and the iconic TLC Pen Factor competition.You’ll also get links to video recordings of your sessions to watch back for up to 30 days after the event, so you don’t miss a thing. The format might be different but the creativity remains, and they’ve made sure to put the writing community at the heart of it with a stellar lineup that has something for everyone. Save the date: 13th March, 2021.Tickets available NOW!
Spread the Word’s Life Writing Prize 2021 is open for submissions! Judged by Damian Barr, Catherine Cho and Frances Wilson, the winner of the Prize will receive £1500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years’ membership of the Royal Society of Literature, and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. To apply, send in your best 5000 unpublished words by 1 February (11:59pm). The Prize is FREE to enter and they’re accepting audio/visual submissions from disabled writers.