The Times Childrens Fiction Competition

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open for entries. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$16,000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition began in 2007 and has launched the careers of a number of new authors. To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length.

The competition is open to writers around the world, regardless of nationality or residency status. To enter, writers are asked to submit the full manuscript in hard copy, accompanied by:

  • a one page synopsis of the story
  • a chapter-by-chapter plot plan
  • a cover letter including a brief biography and an explanation of why you believe the work would appeal to children.

All entries must be accompanied by a £15 fee. If you have entered this competition before, please note that this year the rules have changed so that previously submitted manuscripts can be re-entered.

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Daria Morgendorffer's Reading List

“Okay, look, I’m not going to rewrite this paper for you, but I will give you a couple of tips that will help you rewrite it. First, the book title Sons and Lovers does not have an apostrophe in it . . . anywhere. Second, unless your ex-boyfriend is an authority on D.H. Lawrence, don’t base your thesis on something he said while making out.” – Daria Morgendorffer

Much-loved animated sitcom Daria screened on MTV in the United States for five seasons, beginning in March 1997. A spin-off from Mike Judge’s hugely successful Beavis and Butt-head, the series centred on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, disaffected teenager with a caustic wit.

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 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes, The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. The winner of the 2014 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$12,750), with three runners-up to receive €1,000 each.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize is for a single, original poem that has not been published in any form (including being self-published or published online). The prize is open to all poets, both established and emerging, and there are no restrictions on nationality or citizenship.
Entries will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts, a past winner of the  Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize is managed by Irish quarterly arts & literature magazine The Moth. The Moth publishes poetry, short fiction and pictures, with each issue also featuring two interviews with writers or artists from Ireland or living in Ireland. The Moth happily accepts unsolicited submissions – please check the submission guidelines for further details.
Entries for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014 close on 31 December. The winning poems will be published in the March 2015 edition of The Moth. Visit The Moth website for full entry conditions.
Teju Cole's Rules on Writing
In this guest post Emmanuel Iduma, co-publisher and creative director of Saraba Magazine, shares some inspiring and practical advice from Teju Cole.

Eight Letters to a Young Writer evolved as a fictional exercise addressed by Teju Cole to an imaginary young Nigerian writer. With the encouragement of Molara Wood, the editor of the series, Cole tried to move from discussions of simple writing precepts to more complex things like voice and calling. Those pieces, first published in the now defunct NEXT newspaper, were made available by Cole as a single downloadable PDF file. From that PDF I have gleaned 20+ tips/lessons on writing. I consider the letters one of the most important resource on the art of writing fiction that has come out of Nigeria in the last five years. And I share in Teju Cole’s aspiration that young writers in Nigeria and elsewhere find the tips useful.

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“Literature deserves its prestige for one reason above all others: because it’s a tool to help us live and die with a little more wisdom, goodness and sanity.”

As writers and book lovers, we know everyone should be reading literature. But there are people who view it as frivolous and who question the value of reading novels and poems when there are so many real problems and issues happening in world. In this video The School of Life, founded by philosopher Alain de Botton and curator Sophie Howarth, explains why we should all be reading literature – and even why we should prescribe it as a cure for life’s many ailments.

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Opportunities for Writers October and November 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 cases. 

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
will be judged in 2014 by Ruth Ozeki, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for A Tale for the Time Being. The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of Boston Review. Entries close 1 October.

Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. The Studio Center provides 2-12 week studio residencies on a historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont. The next application deadline is 1 October.

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries close 1 October.

Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award
will award a prize of US $2000 and publication for a poem or poems up to 10 pages long.All themes and subject matters are eligible and all submissions will be considered for publication. Entries close 1 October.

Bernheim Forest Writing Residencies
are offered in collaboration with Sarabande Books and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 honorarium and stay for between 4 and 12 weeks in a furnished cabin. Applications close 1 October.

Stinging Fly
publishes new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. It has a particular interest in promoting the short story. Each issue also includes a mix of poetry, book reviews and essays, alongside occasional author interviews and novel extracts. Submissions reopen in October. Continue Reading…

Many people will simply recognise John Hodgman as the face of PC in the ‘Get a Mac’ commercials that aired on television between 2006 and 2009. But Hodgman is also a former literary agent and a very talented comedy writer. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Wired, and he is the author of three books including The Areas of My Expertise, described as “a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom – all of it completely unresearched, completely undocumented and (presumably) completely untrue, fabricated by the illuminating, prodigious imagination of John Hodgman, certifiable genius.”

In this video recorded for Radical Media’s THNKR, Hodgman shares his tips on how to make it as a writer.

For more about John Hodgman visit website or follow him on Twitter.