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Sunday Times Short Story Award

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (US$50,800), making this the most valuable prize for a single short story in the world.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 1 January 2014. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. In 2014 the award went to Stanford Creative Writing Associate Professor Adam Johnson. Other past winners include Junot Diaz and CK Stead.

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Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship

Are you an American-born poet who would like to spend a year travelling abroad? If so, then the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship might just be your perfect opportunity.

The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately US$54,000 annually to poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work. 

The scholarship is open to all American poets, whether there work has been published or not (though recent recipients have been published poets). There are no age restrictions and poets do not need to be enrolled at university or college. 

Applicants must complete an application form and there is also the option of providing a brief CV. Unpublished poets should provide a sample of their work of up to 40 typed pages. Published poets can supply one printed volume plus 20 typed pages of their most recent work. There is no entry fee.

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Books for Bloggers

Crown Publishing, a division Penguin Random House, has a new program to make it easier for online book reviewers to get their hands on the company’s latest releases. Blogging for Books allows reviewers to register and receive complimentary copies of Crown Publishing titles in exchange for their honest review. The site currently has over two million books in its collection.

The program is open to reviewers who have an active blog, as well as to librarians, booksellers and media outlets. To participate reviewers must first register on the site here. American reviewers are asked to provide their postal address so they can receive physical copies of the books, while reviewers based in other countries can only receive eBook editions.

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Opportunities for Writers August and September 2014

Over 90 competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Entries are now open for its Summer Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Closes 1 August.

Can Serrat Residency 
near Barcelona offers two writers full stipends for 30 days (including accommodation and most meals). The residency is open to all writers regardless of nationality or age. Applications close 1 August.

Costa Short Story Award
is run as part of the Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes. The award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4000 words.The winner receives £3500. Entries close 1 August.

Cold Mountain Review 
publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Gival Press Short Story Award
is now in its 11th year. Stories between 5000 and 15,0000 are eligible for entry and the winner receives US$1000 and publication. Entries close 8 August.

Writing Maps
runs a monthly writing contest to coincide with the launch of a new Writing Map. It challenges writers to submit a 150-word response to its prompt of the month. Each month’s two winning entries will be published in A3, the new Writing Maps journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months.

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How Writers Write Fiction

In February of this year, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program ran its first massive open online course (MOOC). The course, Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, ran for six weeks with around 2000 students from around the world signing up. Starting on 27 September, interested word lovers can participate in the program’s latest MOOC – How Writers Write Fiction: Talks on Craft and Commitment.

The course will run until 8 November and intends to be an interactive study of the practice of creating writing. The program will be coordinated by Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program, and will feature a curated collection of talks created by fifty authors of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation. This will be complemented by online discussions, writing assignments and practical workshops.

In the Daily Iowan Merrill explained that “Anybody who has access to the Internet has the chance to hear really superb writers, and artists, and thinkers talk about what they love, and I think that’s a great boon for the writing and educational enterprise.”

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Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest 2014

Boston Review is now accepting entries for the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest for 2014.

Founded in 1975, Boston Review is one of America’s most prestigious literature and politics magazines. Past contributors have include Saul Bellow, Jhumpa Lahiri and John Updike.

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is open to all writers, regardless of citizenship or publication history. The winner of the contest will receive $1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2015 issue of Boston Review. The first runner-up will be published in a following issue, and the second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website.

The 2014 contest will be judged by Ruth Ozeki, winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for A Tale for the Time Being.

How to Enter the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is for pieces up to 5000 words and all entries must be previously unpublished. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge.

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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2014

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

Tupelo Press
is open to submissions throughout July from poets around the world. They are seeking book-length poetry collections (48–90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (20–47 pages). Selected manuscripts will receive be published and distributed across the United States.

CHA: An Asian Literary Journal
is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Submissions are currently open for the September issue.

Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1500 and 5000 words in length. Entries should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: celebrating America, past, present, and future.The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the January/February 2015 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

The Lifted Brow
is a magazine from Australia and the world, printed bimonthly with a digital edition produced fortnightly. The magazine has a particular focus on originality, humour and experimentation. They accept submissions of fiction, essays, art, comics. They are also looking for columnists. The August issue will have the medicine theme; submissions close 1 July. Submissions are also open for the December issue which will have an Art theme. Continue Reading…