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Opportunities for Writers: July and August 2013

Opportunities for Writers July and August 2013

Writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and other events for emerging and established writers. For full submission and entry information, please refer to the relevant websites.

The International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency
offers residencies of one to six weeks to artists, poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers in Val David, Canada, 50 miles north of Montreal. Residents are provided with a private room and work space. To apply for a bursary for a October/ November residency, submit a 10-page work sample, a curriculum vitae, a project description, and two letters of reference by 1 July.

The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length. Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction. The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. The winner will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a US$2,500 prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival. The deadline for submissions is 1 July.

The UMass New Play Lab Residencies
The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from 24 March to 5 April 2014. Two playwrights will be chosen for concurrent 10-day residencies during this period. Each playwright receives accommodation and a $750 honorarium. Applications close 1 July.

Cactus Heart
is seeking new and original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, art and photography for its fifth issue. Submissions close 1 July.

NASA is seeking haiku poems
to send to Mars aboard its MAVEN orbiter. According to NASA ‘Everybody on planet Earth is welcome to participate!’ You do have to be 18 years old to create a log-in email profile, and children are encouraged to ask parents and teachers for help. All haiku must be in English. The submission deadline is July 1.

The Independence Travel Writing Contest
is being run by There are US$1,000 in prizes and no entry free. The theme for the competition is ‘Independence: A Place You Feel Free.’ Travellers/writers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. Entries close 4 July.

visible ink
is a yearly anthology of new writing and art based in Melbourne. It aims to showcase emerging writers and artists from all over Australia, featuring poetry, short stories, non-fiction, art, photography, comics and more. This year’s theme for visible ink’s 25th edition is EVOLVE. The word limit is 2,500 words. Submissions close 7 July.

The Bard Fiction Prize
is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, Applications for the 2014 prize must be received by 15 July.

The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its second edition. The theme is ‘So It Goes’. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. Both new and previously published work will be considered. The deadline is 15 July.

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
is an annual award offered by the University of Northern Texas Press. Entries can be a combination of short-shorts, short stories, and novellas, from 100 to 200 book pages in length (word count between 27,500 and 50,000). The winner receives US$1,000 and publication. Closes 16 July.

McSweeney’s Internships
Internships for McSweeney’s and The Believer are self-described as ‘haphazard, disorganized, and entirely unpaid’. Interns must be at least eighteen years old, able to get college credit for the internship, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications for fall internships close 20 July.

The Asher Literary Award
is offered biennially to a female author whose work carries an anti-war theme. The award is valued at AUD $10,000. Entries are open between 1 and 26 July.

The Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award
is for stories up to 4,000 words. Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the Spineless Wonders annual anthology along with stories by invited authors. This award is open to Australian residents only. The closing date is 31 July.

The Orlando Prizes for Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry and Flash Fiction
 are currently open to women writers worldwide. The world limit for both the fiction and nonfiction prizes is 1500 words. First prize is each of the four categories is US$1,000 and publication.

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition
is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. First prize is €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. Submissions close 31 July.

The William Hazlitt Essay Prize
is offered by Notting Hill Editions each year. The Prize is for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. Award value £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000. Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English. Deadline 1 August.

The Virginia Quarterly Review
is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. While they have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, Virginia Quarterly Review also seeks and supports emerging writers. Closes 1 August.

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 resides, for at least 4 weeks, and up to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin. The ‘soft’ entry deadline is 1 August.

The Costa Short Story Award
is run as part of the Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes. The award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words. In last year’s award the winner received prize money of £3,500. Entries open on 1 July and close on 2 August.

Hologram Books
is a new project from Express Media, Australia’s peak body for young writers. They are looking for manuscripts by Australian writers under 30, between 20,000 and 60,000 words long. Both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts will be accepted and there are no genre restrictions. Submissions close 11 August.

Undiscovered Voices
is an initiative by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles.  The Undiscovered Voices anthology will present a selection of novel extracts from 5+ to Young Adult novels and be sent to editors and agents in the UK. To be eligible you must be a member of SCBWI and reside in the European Union. Entries close 15 August.

The 2013 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers
Young writers under the age of 25 are encouraged to enter the competition to share in AUD $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online and in the December issue of Voiceworks magazine. There are two categories: short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) and poetry. Entries close 19 August.

The Manchester Writing Competition
is a major international literary competitions, celebrating excellence in creative writing, and open to anyone aged 16 or over (with no upper age limit). The 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three-to-five poems (total maximum combined length: 120 lines). The 2013 Manchester Fiction Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a story of up to 2,500 words in length. Entries for both categories close on 30 August.

Aesthetica Magazine
is inviting all writers and poets to submit their work to their 2013 creative writing competition. There are two categories, short fiction and poetry, and the winner of each will receive £500. Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Closes 31 August.

The International 3-Day Novel Contest
takes place over the North American Labour Day Long Weekend, 31 August to 2 September. The competition has been running since 1977. Participants pre-register and then commit to writing a complete novel is three days. The winning novel will be published. 

Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition
is for novels in any genre for adult or young adult readers, written by unpublished women novelists. To qualify as a novel, your book must total at least 50,000 words. The prize is £5,000. Writers can be from anywhere in the world and the close date for entries is 23 September.

Quirk Books
is running its inaugural ‘Looking for Love’ Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts. Manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words, be written in English and feature a love story. The grand prize is US$10,000. Closes 1 October.

The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University
is accepting fellowship applications from the humanities, social sciences, and creative arts until 1 October. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2014 through May 31, 2015. Stipends are funded up to US$70,000 with additional funds for project expenses.

The Miami University Press Novella Contest
has been given annually since 2005 to a novella length manuscript of original fiction. The winning manuscript will receive US$750 and publication. Submissions are currently open and close in October.

The A.M. Heath Irish Children’s Prize
is open to un-agented children’s book writers born or resident in Ireland, and writing in English. Submissions open on June 6th and will close on October 17th. The winner will be awarded a prize of €1,000.

The Puffin Review
accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, book reviews and articles, and new writers are particularly encouraged to submit. There are no subject matter restrictions.

Momentum Monday
Momentum, Australia’s first major digital imprint, is open to submissions. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

The Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
offers residencies of up to 12 weeks year-round to visual artists, writers and composers in the secluded hills overlooking the Temecula Valley in southern California. The cost of the residency is $250 per week or $1,000 per month, and residents are responsible for their own food and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be postmarked at least 45 days prior to the requested residency start date.

Ashland Creek Press
is a small, independent publisher of ‘books with a world view’. They currently accepting submissions of book-length fiction and non-fiction on the themes of travel, the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. They are also seeking full-length plays with animal rights themes for publication.

Literary Agent Virginia Lloyd
is accepting submissions from Australian non-fiction writers. Interested writers should send an introduction, a brief summary of their work, a brief (one-page) synopsis of their completed manuscript, together with a market comparison. 

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  1. Frank Green
    20 June 2013 / 1:14 am

    Apprentice writers pay their dues and attract attention by attending retreats and submitting to contests and little magazines.

  2. 20 June 2013 / 4:56 pm

    Hello! Thank you so much for sharing our Independence Travel Writing Contest! We really appreciate it. Free Entry, $1,000usd in CASH PRIZES, 2 professional judges. Where do you feel free? Enter by July 4!
    Happy Summer!
    We Said Go Travel

  3. Sara Jacobs
    22 June 2013 / 3:01 am

    Great lis! I’d add the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer conference in Los Angeles. It is specifically for children’s books (picture books through YA) but I went last year and it was amazing. Don’t know if it is still open.

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