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We started Aerogramme Writers’ Studio in 2013 as a fun way of sharing interesting writing-related news and tips with our friends and anybody else who happened to be interested. We never imagined that three years later the site would receive thousands of visitors each day and have over 40,000 email and social followers.

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Sunday Times Short Story Award 2017

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2015.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

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Study Writing and War with Iowa’s International Writing Program

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course this July.

Open to all who are interested in the topic, Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster will explore how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, disaster, and reconciliation — in Walt Whitman’s time and today.

Classes will be led by Ed Folsom, a Whitman scholar and University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Professor of English, and Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program and a University of Iowa Professor of English.

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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2016

Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Two Cities Review
is seeking fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the theme ‘Dystopia’ for its fall issue. General submissions are also being considered and there are no reading fees throughout the (norther hemisphere) summer.

is an online literary magazine founded by husband and wife team Loran Smith and Leesa Cross-Smith. WhiskeyPaper had nine mentions on the 2014 Wigleaf Top 50 & Longlist which highlights the best short fiction online. The magazine publishes short fiction up to 1000 words and submissions reopen in late June.

Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script. The award winner receives $2500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November. Closes 1 July.

Post Road
publishes twice yearly and accepts unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues and visual art submissions. Submissions for the Summer issue open on 1 July.

NANO Prize
is open to previously unpublished works of fiction of 300 words or fewer. The contest will be judged by Kellie Wells and the winner will receive publication and $1000. Entries close 1 July.

Blueshift Journal
is tri-annual, international publication, with two online issues and one print issue published each year. Submissions of poetry, prose and art are open until 1 July.

Creative Truth
is accepting submissions for its first volume. The editors are looking for creative non-fiction including short stories, personal essays and memoirs up to 2000 words. 

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
founded in 1949, was the original publisher of classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. It features short fiction, reviews and humour pieces by writers and cartoonists. Submissions reopen 4 July.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
offers a first prize of £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. There are also prizes on offer for children and entries are invited for local and international poets. Closes 7 July.

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The Moth International Short Story Prize 2016

The Moth International Short Story Prize is currently accepting entries from writers around the world. First prize is €3000 (US$3300), second prize is a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel expenses) and the third prize winner will receive €1000. All three stories will be published in autumn issue of The Moth.

Eligible stories may be up to maximum of 6000 words and all entries must be previously unpublished (including self-published). The judge of the 2016 prize is novelist and short story writer John Boyne. Boyne is the author of bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and, most recently, The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain.

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Opportunities for Writers June and July 2016

Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.


Broken City
is accepting submissions for a school-themed issued titled ‘Breakfast Clubbed’. Submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations and photography will all be considered. Closes 1 June.

Gladstone’s Library Writers in Residence
Built in 1902, Gladstone’s Library is the UK’s only residential library. The Library’s Writers in Residence program began in 2011. Four residencies are offered each year with each writer staying at the Library for a month. The Writers in Residence are asked to keep a blog about their stay, as well as running a creative writing workshop. Residents receive full room and board, reimbursement for travel expenses and a small stipend of £100 per week. Applications close on 1 June.

Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans
is a creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel and is hosted by The Iowa Review. Writing can be in any genre, about any subject matter and must be under 20 pages. First prize is $1000 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue of The Iowa Review and there is no entry fee. Entries close on 1 June.

Willow Springs Books
invites submissions for the 2016 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. The winner receives US$2000 plus publication. Manuscripts should be no less than 98 pages (with no maximum page count) and include at least 3 short stories. Entries close 1 June.

Where The Stars Rise
is a new anthology of speculative fiction featuring original stories that celebrate Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian heritage/ancestry. Submissions close 1 June.

Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its fifth annual issue. The theme is Indiana. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. The deadline is 1 June.

American Short Fiction Contest
is open to entries between 2000 and 6500 words. It offers a first prize of US$1000 prize and publication and all entries will be considered for publication. Closes 1 June.

NonBinary Review
is a quarterly interactive literary journal that joins many stories around each issue’s theme. The editors invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them including rewriting a familiar story from a new point of view, mashing genres together or writing a personal essay about some aspect of the selected theme. NonBinary review is currently accepting submissions for issue nine on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland close on 1 June.

Fourteen Hills
is edited by graduate students in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University. It is committed to presenting a diversity of experimental and progressive work by emerging and cross-genre writers. Submissions close 1 June.

10 Days to a Daily Habit
is a new Skillshare course taught by  novelist, essayist and bookseller Emily Gould. This self-paced creative writing challenge is aimed at helping you unlock your creativity and kickstart a daily writing habit. Enrol using the link above to access this course, and hundreds of others, for three months for just 99 cents.

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Rattle Poetry Prize 2016

Rattle’s 11th annual poetry prize is currently accepting entries. The winner will receive US$10,000 and publication in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will each receive $200 and be in the running for a $2000 Reader’s Choice Award.

The competition is open to writers worldwide and all entries must be previously unpublished. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject and there is no line limit.

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