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Opportunities for Writers May and June 2014

May and June is a busy time for writers and editors alike, with lots of submission deadlines before the northern hemisphere summer holidays. Below are over 90 writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more to get you motivated. As always, please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2013 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18.The final entry deadline is 1 May.

McSweeney’s Quarterly
is accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction for a limited time only. There are no style restrictions and McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy.

Southwest Review’s David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction
is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May. Continue Reading…

Throughout the month of June unpublished and emerging writers will have a rare opportunity: the chance to submit their work directly to one of the world’s most prestigious literary imprints, Jonathan Cape.

UK-based Jonathan Cape is a imprint of Penguin Random House’s Vintage Books. It publishes the likes of Ian McEwan, Philip Roth, Audrey Niffenegger and Anne Enright.

Jonathan Cape - Unsolicited Submissions

This account of Jonathan Cape’s development was published in 1971 to mark its fiftieth anniversary.

Unsolicited submissions will be open between 1 June and 30 June. To submit their work, writers are asked to email an initial 50 pages of prose fiction as an attachment to [email protected] These pages can be part of a novel or novella, or they can be short stories.

Together with the 50 pages writers should also include their contact details and a covering paragraph with ‘any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission’. The submitted writing can be a work in progress.

Submissions sent after 30 June will not be read so get in quick. After this date, Jonathan Cape will once again only accept submissions via a literary agent.

Source: Cape Open Submissions


 Opportunities for Writers April and May 2014

Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in some cases.

The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators
is offering four-week residencies to published authors. Four international authors and eight to ten Danish authors (four at a time) will be selected. This working residency is available to authors who have had at least two books of fiction or poetry published. Applications close 1 April.

Ninth Letter
is accepting submissions of fiction and poetry from students currently enrolled in a creative writing program for a special online edition to be published in Spring 2014. Submissions close 1 April.

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Opportunities for Writers March and April 2014

March and April is a busy time for writers with lots of deadlines for competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more. Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in some cases.

Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award
will award one grand prize winner a publishing contract with a US$50,000 advance, and four first prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. There are five categories: general fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, science fiction/fantasy/horror and young adult fiction. The competition is open to writers around the world (except Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria) and there is no entry free. Entries close on 2 March.

Dundee’s International Book Prize
is for an unpublished novel on any theme and in any genre. The winner will receive a £10,000 cash prize, together with a contract with Cargo Publishing. Entries close 3 March.

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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2014

Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2014.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 133 fellowships totalling $3,600,000 have been awarded.

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Opportunities for Writers February and March 2014

Prepared with both emerging and established writers in mind, here is our latest round-up of writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more. Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in some cases.

Indiana Review
is accepting submissions for its winter 2014 issue. Fiction and Nonfiction of up to 8000 words will be considered and poets should send between 3 and 6 poems per submission.  All work must be previously unpublished.

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
provides up to four months of writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). The residency provides lodging in Bucknell University’s Poets’ Cottage and a stipend of US$4000. Applications for the spring semester residency close on 1 February.

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We Said Go Travel Writing Competition January 2014

Are you an aspiring travel writer? Entries are now open for We Said Go Travel’s Winter Writing Competition. The theme for the competition is ‘inspiration’ and a total of US$1750 in prizes is on offer.

Who Can Enter
The competition is open to writers from anywhere in the world and there are no age restrictions. Entries must be original, unpublished and G rated. There is no entry fee.

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