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Opportunities for Writers: October and November 2013

Opportunities for Writers October and November 2013

We are pleased to present our regular round-up of competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers around the world. For updates and news of more opportunities for writers, follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Quirk Books
is running its inaugural ‘Looking for Love’ Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts. Works 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.

Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award
will award a prize of US $2000 and publication for a short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt. All themes and subject matters are eligible and every submission will be considered for publication. Entries close 1 October.

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
is run by The Missouri Review. Three prizes of US$5000 are on offer for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Up to 25 typed, double-spaced pages can be submitted for the fiction and non-fiction prizes. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. International writers are welcome to enter and entries close on 1 October.

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships for Creative Writers
are for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. At least three fellowships will be awarded for residencies of four weeks at the Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. A stipend and free on-campus accommodation is offered. Applications close 5 October.

The Scribe Non-fiction Prize for Young Writers
is a developmental award to foster talented Australian writers aged 30 or under who are working on a long form or book-length non-fiction work. In addition to a cash prize of AUD$1500, the winner receives the opportunity to meet with a publisher or an editor and to experience the process of working with an editor on their writing. Entries must be between 5000 and 10,000 words. Closes 11 October.
UPDATE: The deadline for entries has been extended to 31 October.

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 close 14 October.

Brown Foundation Fellows Program
Residencies of one to three months from February through June are awarded to mid-career writers, poets and artists at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. Residents are provided with travel expenses, lodging, work space, and a daily stipend. Applications must be submitted online by 15 October for fellowship terms beginning 1 February or after and ending no later than 30 June. Applications must be submitted by 15 February 2014 for fellowship terms beginning 1 July or after and ending no later than 15 December.

The Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
awards approximately US$54,000 to an American poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Publication is not required, but recent winners have been published poets. Applicants should submit two copies of either 40 pages of poetry or one published book and 20 pages of poetry, together with two copies their CV. Applications close 15 October.

The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel
is offered as part of the the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. The prize is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have not had a novel of any kind published commercially. Contestants must have a completed novel manuscript (50,000 – 10,000 words) at the time of entry. Closes 15 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. The winner will be awarded a prize of €1000. Submissions close on 17 October.

The Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
is now in its 19th year. The winner receives AUD$1000 and there are a number of runner-up prizes. Poems can be on any theme and must be less than 50 lines. Entries close 25 October.

Skin: Botswana-Singapore Literary Collaboration
For this landmark collaboration, the editors are looking for new and original poetry and short fiction for a Botswana-Singapore anthology, with the theme and the title ‘Skin’. The anthology is slated to be published by Singapore’s Math Paper Press in the first half of 2014. Writers should either be citizens or residents of Botswana or Singapore. There are no age restrictions. Submissions close 31 October.

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, described as ‘the world’s largest writing event and nonprofit literary crusade’. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. The NaNoWriMo website offers lots of tips and support, as well as links to local events around the globe.

The First Novel Award
is a competition that recognises the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian novelist.The Award is for books published in English in 2013, and both professionally and self-published books are eligible to enter. There will be between 3 and 6 finalists who will each receive a CAD$750 Gift Certificate. The overall winner will also receive CAD$7,500 cash. Entries close 1 November.

The Many Voices Project by New Rivers Press
is a competition for book-length unpublished manuscripts by new or emerging writers.There is also a poetry prize and both this and the prose prize are open to anyone writing in English. The two winning titles will be published in the following October by New Rivers Press and distributed across the United States through Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Each winning author will receive US$1000, ten complimentary copies of their published work, and a standard book contract. Entries close 1 November.

The John Steinbeck Short Story Award
Offered by Reed Magazine, this award is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words and requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the John Steinbeck Award receives a cash prize of US$1000. Entries close 1 November.

The Quotable
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for their winter issue on the theme ‘Courage & Cowardice’ close on 1 November. They are seeking flash fiction (up to 1000 words), short fiction (up to 3000 words), and creative non-fiction (up to 3000 words), as well as poetry and art.

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition
Now in its 14th year, the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition is for works up to 1500 words. The winner receives US$3000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. There are also many runners up prizes. The early bird submission date is 15 November.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Annual Fiction Contest
This contest is for writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. It is open to writers based anywhere in the world, though submissions must be in English and less than 7000 words. First prize is  US$1500, a domestic airfare and accommodation to attend the next Festival in New Orleans, a VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value), a public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival and publication in Louisiana Literature.

The Gratitude Travel Writing Contest
is looking for looking for an article about a place you are grateful for or a memorable holiday that you shared with a special loved one or a place that is awe inspiring. First prize is US$500 cash and Travel Writing Road Map ($497 value), and there are cash prizes for second and third place. Stories should be between 500 and 800 words in length and entries close 28 November.

The Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition
offers aspiring writers an opportunity to be published at one of the UK’s leading literary imprints and receive a £5000 advance for his or her novel. Would-be crime writers must submit the first 5000 words of their novel, along with a detailed, two-page double-spaced synopsis of how the rest of the book unfolds, including the ending. Entrants can be from anywhere in the world but must be over 18 and submit their book in the English language. Entries close 30 November.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five regions:  Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 and the remaining four regional winners will receive £2500. Entries must be 2000 words minimum, 5000 words maximum. Entries close 30 November.

The Baltimore Review’s
winter contest is open to short stories, poems and creative non-fiction. The theme for the contest is ‘The Future’. Prizes are US$500, $200, and $100 and there is an entry fee is $10. All entries considered for publication. Entries close 30 November.

The Fish Publishing International Short Story Prize
is for stories up to 5000 words. First prize is €3000 (€1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology). Second prize is a week at the Anam Cara Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat and €300 travel expenses. Ten short stories will be published in the 2014 Fish Anthology. Entries close 30 November.

The Hackney Literary Awards’ Short Story Prize
is for stories up to 5000 words in length. There are national prizes, as well as state prizes for writers from Alabama. A prize for unpublished poetry will also awarded. Entries close 30 November.

Viva la Novella
is an annual novella-writing competition run by Seizure, open to Australian and New Zealand writers and editors. In 2013 there will be four winning writers and four winning editors. For this competition a novella is defined as an original work of fiction between 20,000 and 50,000 words. The entry date for 2013 has been moved to 2 December so that writers completing NaNoWriMo in November can enter their work.

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
is one of the world’s richest poetry prizes for single, unpublished poem. The winner of the 2013 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$13,000). Entries close 31 December.

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet
is an anthology (and potential series) of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe. Published by Press 53, the anthology will consist of 20 – 25 works, with no more than one story set in any one country. Included stories will be a mix of previously published and new work. The deadline for submissions is 31 December.

The Dark Crystal’s Author Quest
is being run by the Jim Henson Company. They are searching for an author to write a new novel set in the world of Henson’s The Dark Crystal. The winning author will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group USA valued at US$10,000. Entries close 31 December.

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition
for 2014 is now open for entries. The Best Feature Screenplay will receive a US $15,000 grand prize and four finalists each receiving $2500. The Best Short Screenplay will receive $10,000. There is also a special Joplin Award for the Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK ($1500 prize). Submission dates vary; visit the website for full details.

Alternative Book Press
is a new publishing company established in October 2012 by Columbia University and Cornell University graduates. They are currently accepting submissions of both fiction and non-fiction. Writers are asked to provide a 400 word synopsis and no more than 5 pages of their manuscript.

ARDOR Literary Magazine
is looking for guest bloggers. Articles can be on themes such as submission advice, writing tips, stories of managing and coping with rejection, book reviews, and response to work which has been published in ARDOR. Please note guest bloggers will not be paid for their work.

Harper Collins Australia
is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Every Wednesday submissions will be accepted through their Wednesday Post portal. Submissions will only be accepted through Wednesday Post and should meet all the guidelines outlined on the site. They are currently looking for adult fiction and non-fiction including novels (all genres), memoirs, biographies, narrative histories, young adult, popular science and illustrated non-fiction.

Boxfire Press
publishes novels in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Only works between 50,000 and 100,000 words will be considered. Writers are asked to submit a brief query describing their novel’s story, genre and its word count.

American Short Fiction
accepts unsolicited submissions year round and there are no fixed guidelines as to content or length. Submissions to the magazine must be original and previously unpublished. ASF considers work that has appeared online (including on blogs and Facebook) to be previously published.

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.

Literary Agent Jita Fumich
of New York based agency Folio Literary Management is accepting submissions of Fantasy, Romance, Commercial and Women’s Fiction, Young Adult titles.

P.S. Literary Agency
is currently seeking both fiction and non-fiction titles including memoir, history, humour, mysteries, thrillers, commercial fiction and books for young adults. Writers are asked to send a one page query letter only.


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