The Moth Poetry Prize 2017
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes, the newly named Moth Poetry Prize. The winner of the 2017 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$11,700), with three runners-up to receive €1,000 each.

The Moth Poetry Prize, formerly known as 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. An entry fee of  €12 is payable and multiple entries are accepted.

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Applications Now Open for the $10,000 Steinbeck Fellows Program
Applications are currently being accepted for the Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. The program offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU.

The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the University’s creative writing program. While the program in named in honor of John Steinbeck, there does not need to be any direct connection between Steinbeck’s works and that of the applicant.

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It Is Okay to Change Paths

A guest post by Tess Gerritsen

This piece is extracted from Signature’s 2017 Ultimate Writing Guide

Long before I became a doctor, I was a writer. At the age of seven I wrote my first suspense novel, about a blue zebra named Mickey who was warned never to go into the jungle. Naturally, Mickey went into the jungle. I bound the pages together with needle and thread and proudly announced to my father that I had found my future career. I was going to write books!

My father said that was no way to make a living. And that’s how I ended up in medical school instead.

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Cove Park Litertarure Residencies 2016

Cove Park is a Scottish artists’ retreat located on the Rosneath peninsula, an hour’s drive west of Glasgow. In 2018 Cove Park is offering at least five funded literature residencies. Applications are open writers around the world.

Cove Park was founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs. The centre’s residencies “respond to the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in all the art forms, whether performing or visual arts, crafts, literature or music. [Its] interdisciplinary programmes, for both individuals and collaborating groups, offer time, space and freedom to make new work and to find new ways of working.”

Cove Park’s distinguished alumni include Margaret Atwood, Anne Carson, Brian Chikwava, Helen Cross, Rachel Cusk, Fred D’Aguiar, Joe Dunthorne, Jennie Erdal, Rodge Glass, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, Jack Mapanje, Michael Pedersen, Jo Shapcott, Zoe Strachan, Chiew-Siah Tei, Kate Tough, Christos Tsiolkas, Chika Unigwe, Louise Welsh and Nicola White.

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Granta is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions

After a six-month hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions.

Granta’s history can be traced back to 1889 when a student politics and literature magazine called The Granta was founded at Cambridge University. Since its relaunch 37 years ago, Granta has been a quarterly literary journal, with the aim of publishing the best new writing.

Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry:

  • Poetry submissions close on Thursday 7 December 2017
  • Fiction and non-fiction submissions close on Thursday 4 January 2018

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