The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes. The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time. The judges are iconic Mexican writer, activist and ambassador Homero Aridjis and the TS Eliot Award-winning poet Jen Hadfield. First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000, and third prize is £1,000. The winners’ ceremony will be held on the evening of 22 November 2019 at Swedenborg House, Bloomsbury, London. The Ginkgo Prize is kindly sponsored by Loowatt and funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation. The prize is organised by the Poetry School. Deadline 15 September
The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is open and accepting entries for this year’s competition. Each year a question or quote exploring Benjamin Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is open exclusively for young writers in the UK, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted online by media partner The Telegraph and at www.BenjaminFranklinHouse.org. The Franklin quote for interpretation in 2019 is: ‘'Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults” Poor Richard, 1756. Entrants should interpret this quote for its significance today. All entries must be received before 31 October 2019.
You can now enter your poems for The Women's Poetry Prizes run by The PoetryBook Society and Mslexia. Winners receive publication, mentorship, and up to £2,000 . Deadline 16 September
The HWA & Sharpe Books Unpublished Novel Award will be given for an original, unpublished manuscript of historical fiction.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 Writers entering the competition may be published or unpublished.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.