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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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 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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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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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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