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Pinterest Writers Community Board

Last year we started a writers’ community board on Pinterest. It’s a place for writers of all styles and genres, and all levels of experience, to share news, resources and inspiration.

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Competitions and Fellowships for Screenwriters

Competitions, fellowships, workshops and residencies for screenwriters. Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in many cases.

Nick Darke Award
celebrates the best writing for screen, stage and radio, awarding the winner £6000 to allow them to complete their script. It is open to all writers aged over 16. The theme is the environment; entrants may interpret the theme widely. The first submission stage involves outlining an idea in the form of a 25 word or less pitch, followed by an outline for the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure. Applicants are asked to also submit 20 pages that represent their writing, either in the form of a new or existing piece. Entries close 14 April.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
were established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents and development executives. This competition awards a cash prize of $25,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay in any genre. There are also prizes in ten genre categories. The final date for entries is 15 April.

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.

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“I want to write because I have the urge to excel in one medium of translation and expression of life. I can’t be satisfied with the colossal job of merely living. Oh, no, I must order life in sonnets and sestinas and provide a verbal reflector for my 60-watt lighted head.” – Sylvia Plath

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14 Short Story Competitions in 2014

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize
is the world’s richest short story prize with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$49,000). In 2013 the prize was won by Junot Diaz for his story ‘Miss Lora’. The longlist for the 2014 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2015 prize are expected to open in July 2014. Junot Diaz’s winning story along with the other five stories shortlisted for the 2013 prize are available here.

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This list of New Year’s Resolutions or ‘New Years Rulin’s’ was written by Woody Guthrie in 1942. It was two years after he penned the lyrics for his iconic protest song ‘This Land Is Your Land’, though he had not yet commercially recorded the song.

It’s a list which despite its tongue-in-cheek tone in places, or perhaps because of it, can provide inspiration to creative people in every field.

Woodie Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions

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Opportunities for Writers January and February 2014The ‘Opportunities for Writers’ posts were some of our most popular articles in 2013. We hope you enjoy the first post in the series for the new year.

Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize
is offered by Lake Forest College in conjunction with NOW Books. It offers an emerging writer under forty years old with no major book publication a two months residency at their campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan. The stipend is US$10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college. Applications are open between 1 January and 1 March but only the first 200 will be considered so apply early.

Red Planet Prize for an original TV drama script
is open to anyone in the UK and Eire. Entrants must upload the first ten pages of an original 60 minute script for TV along with a short synopsis; this can be a single play or a pilot for a series. The winner receives a £5000 cash prize and development opportunities with Red Planet Pictures and Kudos for an original TV drama script. Entries close 6 January.

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50 Narrative Devices for Non-fiction Storytellers

“In a world getting more complex and fast moving all the time, the need for good objective storytelling is more vital than ever.”

In October Adam Westbrook, founder of Inside the Story Magazine, tweeted 50 things he had learned about the craft of storytelling using the hashtag #story50.

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