Opportunities

Arvon Grants for Writers are for writers who are unable to afford Arvon’s full course fees and would be otherwise unable to attend an Arvon week.

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Deadline Rolling – Check with Arvon

TLC Free Reads Scheme is a manuscript reading scheme for writers on a low income.

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Deadline Rolling – Check with your regional writing partner

Burnt Roti are looking for female South Asian fiction writers for an exciting new book project.

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Deadline Check with Sharan @ Burnt Roti

OCTOBER

Spread the Word’s London Short Story Prize is for short stories of up to 5000 words, for London-based writers only.

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Deadline 9 October 2017

Portobello Book Prize is for narrative non-fiction projects.

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Deadline 16 October 2017

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics is a national programme to encourage diversity in poetry reviewing culture aimed at emerging critical voices.

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Deadline 20 October 2017

Hometown Tales are looking for fiction and non-fiction of approx. 15000 words, which explore the theme of home and what it means to live and belong in the UK today.

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Deadline 22 October 2017

The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines.

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Deadline 31 October 2017

The Cambridge Short Story Prize is for short stories of up to 3000 words.

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Deadline 31 October 2017

NOVEMBER

Caledonia Novel Award is for unpublished novelists .

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Deadline 1 November 2017

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is for short stories between 2000 – 5000 words, written in English.

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Deadline 1 November 2017

The White Review’s Poet Prize 2017 is for poetry portfolios of up to 10 pages.

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Deadline 1 November 2017

Amazon KDP’s Pen to Publish competition is for newly published work written in English.

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Deadline 10 November 2017

The Asian Writer’s Becoming a Writer Course is a free 12 week online course for talented writers.

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Deadline 24 November 2017

Verve Poetry Competition is for poems of no more than 80 lines on the theme ‘City’.

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Deadline 25 November 2017

Yesterday Scholarship Curtis Brown Creative will offer a fully funded place to a talented writer from a less-privileged background on one of CBC’s Creative Writing Courses.

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Deadline 26 November 2017

Audible New Writing Grant is for unpublished submissions from promising new crime writers.

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Deadline 30 November 2017

Influx Press  is open for submissions exclusively for women of colour and is for ‘experimental and playful’ novels and short story collections.

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Deadline 30 November 2017

Nine Arches Press is open for submissions for poetry collections.

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Deadline 30 November 2017

DECEMBER

Mslexia is accepting submissions on the theme ‘Bewitched’ for Issue 77. For poems of up to 40 lines, stories of up to 2,200 words and scripts of up to 1000 words.

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Deadline 4 December 2017

Royal Society of Literature are inviting proposals for their Literature Matters Award. For writing, literary events or projects which either help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or will help generate public discussion about why literature matters.

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Deadline 4 December 2017

The Future Bookshelf submissions will open on December 1st for novels and non-fiction from unpublished writers.

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Deadline 7th December 2017

Emma Press is open for submissions for poetry and prose pamphlets.

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Deadline 10 December 2017

Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award 2018 is for a work in progress, which is not under option or contract.

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Deadline 13 December 2017

Artists’ International Development Fund aims to offer artistic development for artists and creative practitioners. It seeks to develop a cohort of artists who have experienced the benefits of international working as well as increase the amount of international collaboration between the UK and other countries.

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Deadline 13 December 2017

The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2018 is for short stories of up to 4000 words on the theme of ‘Food’.

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Deadline 30th December 2017

The Faber Academy Scholarship is offering two free places for underrepresented writers to attend Faber’s six month, Writing a Novel course.

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Deadline 31st December 2017 (for Jan intake)

JANUARY

Magma Poetry Competition is for poems of 11 to 50 lines. Judge: Mona Arshi

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Deadline 15 January 2018

Writing Magazine and Lulu.com are offering one reader a publishing deal. Submit the first chapter of up to 2200 words.

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Deadline 31 January 2018

SI Leeds Prize is a biennial prize for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women resident in the UK.

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FEBRUARY

Word Factory Apprenticeship 2018 is a programme offering creative inspiration, writer development and a unique community of supportive writers for unpublished writers of short stories.

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Deadline 1 February 2018