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Writing Opportunities 2017

The Moth Poetry Prize 2017

Closing date: 
31 December 2017
Open to anyone over the age of 16 Entry fee £12 per poem
First Prize €10,000 with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000

The €10,000 Moth Poetry Prize continues to offer one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. It's open to anyone over the age of 16.

Judged this year by Daljit Nagra, who was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry and its title poem. He recently published his third collection of poetry with Faber, British Museum, teaches poetry at Brunel University London and was until recently Poet in Residence for BBC Radio 4.

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Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award 2018

Closing date: 
13 December 2017
Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire. No entry fee

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work:

Submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract.

Applicants may not be under contract to any publisher for any work or title.

Applications are only open to writers who have not previously published or self-published a full length book of their own prose writing (with the exception of a collection of poetry).

Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire.

Submissions should be accompanied by a brief synopsis and a short biographical note. Applicants who submitted work for the 2016 Writers' Award may re-apply but the work submitted must be new. Submissions for the 2018 Writers' Award will open on 1st October 2017 and close on the 13th December 2017.

If your submission is on the longlist you will be notified in March. The shortlist will be announced in late April. The winner of the Award will be announced in London in mid-May at an event to which the three shortlisted authors will be invited. The panel of judges for the 2018 award consists of Anne Enright (Chair), Jenny Uglow and Pete Hobbs.

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Emma Press poetry and prose open submission

Closing date: 
10 December 2017
Open to all writers internationally but you have to join the Emma Press Club No entry fee

The Emma Press has launched an open submissions call for pamphlet proposals, for both poetry and prose, for adults and children. The submissions window will close on 10 December.

Writers are invited to send six pages of their manuscript for the first round of submissions, and to select the editor they would prefer to read their entry. The publisher has released profiles of the four editors - Rachel Piercey, Emma Wright, Richard O'Brien and Yen-Yen Lu - to help writers to choose.

The Emma Press was last open for pamphlet submissions in 2015, when twelve titles were selected for publication. The Birmingham-based independent publisher won the Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlet publishers in 2016.

Publisher Emma Wright said: "I think it's very much in the interests of the publishing industry to help readers and writers understand what goes on behind the scenes, so people can have a greater understanding of the processes and empathy towards the humans involved.

"When you send in your manuscript, you're not being judged by some objective arbiter of literary excellence - you're interacting with a fellow human being, who has their own personal preferences as well as professional obligations. I think this is helpful to think about both when sending in a manuscript and when dealing with the verdict."

Emma Press publish five different series of pamphlets/short books, including prose and poetry and writing for children.

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National Novel Writing Month 2017

Closing date: 
30 November 2017
Open to all writers of 13 and over No entry fee
You win by writing a 50,000 word novel

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

Committed to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November?

If you sign up online, you'll be able to use the online resources to help you:

Plan your novel.
Join a local group of writers and attend in person writing events.
Receive online encouragement from staff and published authors.
Access 44 articles to help you prepare
Access a worldwide community of writers in our online forums.

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On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

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National Poetry Competition 2017

Closing date: 
31 October 2017
Open to all poets of 17 and over internationally Entry fee £6.50
First prize: £5,000, Second prize: £2,000, Third prize: £1,000 and Seven commendations: £200 each

The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content.'s annual National Poetry CompetitionAnnual poetry prize run by the UK-based Poetry Society established in 1978; accepts entries from all over the world; over 10,000 poems submitted each year is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000.

The 2017 competition is now open for entries. The judges are Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
Winning poems are published on The Poetry Society website, and the top three in the spring 2018 issue of The Poetry Review. Winners are invited to read at events and festivals all around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are offered discount on selected activities from The Poetry Society, and one of our competition partners the Poetry School.

How to enter

The National Poetry Competition is one of the world's biggest single poem competitions. The entry fee is £6.50 for your first poem, and £3.50 per poem thereafter. Members of The Poetry Society can enter a second poem for free. The closing date is 31 October 2017.

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Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes 2017

Closing date: 
29 September 2017
Open to all internationally £17.50 entry fee for each prize
£10,000 for each

Poetry Prize


Adam O'Riordan (Chair), Mona Arshi and Pascale Petit

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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Fiction Prize


Nicholas Royle (Chair), Bonnie Greer and Angela Readman

£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018

Closing date: 
28 September 2017
Authors ‘must have record of prior publication in creative writing in the UK’ No entry fee
First Prize £30,000 five shortlisted prizes £1,000

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2016. Five other authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

The author must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

This means the author must previously have had works of prose fiction, drama or poetry published by an established publisher or an established printed magazine in the UK or Ireland, or broadcast by an international radio station in the UK or Ireland.

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Mslexia Women's Novel Competition 2017

Closing date: 
18 September 2017
Open to women of any nationality and age Entry fee £25

MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed' women writers. Good range of quality writing, information and advice with news, reviews, competitions and interviews, all presented in a friendly fashion. Praised by Helen Dunmore as 'astute, invigorating and above all an excellent read.' Women's Novel Competition 2017 is for novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists. The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length.
Judges: Philippa Gregory (novelist); Sarah Such (literary agent); Alex Clark (journalist).

1st Prize: £5,000 plus the winner and four other finalists will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London.

Entry Fee: £25 per novel.

Novels must be for adult or young adult readers; non-fiction or fiction for children under 13 is not eligible.

The winner will be announced in the Mar/Apr/May 2018 issue of Mslexia.

CLOSING DATE: 18 September 2017

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The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closing date: 
31 August 2017
Open to all Entry fee: £12 for poetry entries and £18 for short fiction
£1,000 for each winner

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 11th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. You can enter for the Poetry Award or the Short Fiction Award.

The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, journalist, critic and former Literary Editor of The Independent. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual - an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.

Prizes include:

  • £1,000 Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management

    Specialises in works with international potential.

    Unpublished authors must be professional in their approach and have major international potential, ideally book, film and/or TV.

    Submissions via agents website

    Children's clients include Donna Ballman, Peggy Brusseau, Gary Bushell, Brian Clegg, Maria (MG) Harris, Lucy Johnson, Amanda Lees, Michelle Paver, Kellie Santin, David Yelland.

    (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words.
  • Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines.
  • Works previously published are accepted.

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The Booklife Prize in Fiction 2017

Closing date: 
31 August 2017
Unpublished or self-published novels in the English language are eligible Entry fee $99
Grand Prize $5,000

The BookLife Prize

Discovering Great Books, Supporting New Authors

The grand prize is $5,000 and an author profile in Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries, but all entrants receive a Critic's Report, a brief critical assessment of their novel written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.

The BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly. The Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great written works in seven categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA Fiction; and Middle-Grade Fiction.

The Prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand cash prize of $5,000 going to the most outstanding finalist.

The mission of the BookLife Prize is to discover, cultivate, support, and celebrate great works of unpublished or self-published writing by independent authors. The Prize also aims to provide feedback to authors about their work, provide a Critic's Report which may assist finalists in the marketing of their fiction, and provide financial support via a cash prize to the grand-prize winner.


The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize will receive a cash prize of $5,000 as well as a profile in Publishers Weekly. The grand prize winner will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes that may result from winning.

Finalists, one from each respective submission category of fiction, will receive a blurb (i.e., a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books) from a bestselling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the Prize, as well as a mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a Critic's Report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.

Contest Structure

The BookLife Prize in Fiction runs from March 1, 2017, to December 18, 2017, with the Contest divided into four rounds.

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Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2017

Closing date: 
28 August 2017
Any poet aged 18 or over from anywhere in the world Entry fee £5 per poem
£1000 for each category and £200 for each runner up

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to launch its 2017 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:

Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.

We are very excited to announce that this year's judge is the much celebrated and award-winning poet Helen Mort.
Helen's first poetry collection Division Street, published in 2013, won the prestigious Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. In 2014, she was named as one of the Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at's Next Generation poets, a list that appears only every decade. Her latest collection, No Map Could Show Them (Chatto & Windus), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, whilst her first novel, Black Car Burning, is forthcoming. In 2017, she was a judge for the Man Booker International Prize. Helen was a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at The University of Leeds from 2014-2016 and now lectures at The Manchester Writing School.

The competition deadline is midnight on 28 August 2017. It costs £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Entrants may submit a maximum of ten poems, following the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Shop. All entries must be unpublished work. Please read the full competition criteria and terms and conditions before entering.

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Galley Beggar Press open submission

Closing date: 
31 July 2017
Open to all No entry fee
Possible publication

Norwich-based independent publisher Galley Beggar Press is opening up general submissions of adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction in order to "keep [itself] open to surprises and the wider world".

Sam Jordison, co-founder of Galley Beggar Press, told The Bookseller the move was part of a concerted effort to ensure it was "outward facing", along with a drive to gather submissions before the summer. He added that it was "partly a political decision" with the press hoping to attract a variety of submissions from overseas as well as the UK.

"We're opening them because they've been closed for so long," he said. "We still have a backlog of manuscripts, but we also want to make sure we're outward facing and that people can get through to us, and that people who aren't in our network have a chance to break through."

He added the publisher also wanted to be "open to the world" and send a message after the country voted to exit the European Union last year.

"We are proud citizens of nowhere - and would hope that our list can reflect that," Jordison said. "We don't just want books from our little corner of England - we want the best books from everywhere and anywhere... We want to welcome the world and sell to the world and to be a part of the world. Brexit shames us all dreadfully and we want to try to do something to instil a bit of pride again."
Jordison went on to say that although finances were "precarious" at the small press, artistically "things are just superb at the moment". He cited forthcoming releases We that are young by Preti Taneja, to be released in August and We Are The End by Gonzalo Garcia, out in September.

In 2017, there will be two submission windows for full-length manuscripts. These are:

15-31 July 2017
15-30 November 2017

Submissions should be emailed to with a brief covering email.

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