Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition. The competition is presented by the BBC World Service and the British Council, and co-produced by the Open University. Three winners will receive fully paid trips to London and there are two cash prizes of £2200 (US$3000).
To be eligible to enter the competition, writers must be over the age of 18 and be living outside the United Kingdom. Entries are encouraged from both new and established writers – one of last year’s winners had never written a play before and another had never written for radio.
A guest post by Ken Miyamoto
Some of the greatest films of all time, in a wide variety of genres, have been adapted from short stories and novels.
Despite the fact that the literary and cinematic storytelling mediums are often vastly different, some talented writers have managed to bridge the gap between the two — to varying degrees of success. But crossing that bridge is no easy venture.
Screenwriting is a visual medium, so those writing screenplays do not have the benefit of being able to write detailed back stories and inner thoughts of characters. Every single line of scene description and dialogue translates to the screen, which is why screenwriters can’t go into such detail. They have 90-120 pages — give or take — to convey a visual story. One page equals one minute of screen time.
The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its sixth annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$13,000) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.
The judges for the 2018 contest are bestselling travel writer Bill Bryson and celebrity television cook Lorraine Pascale.
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A guest post by Yi Shun Lai
Since 2014 I have edited prose for the Tahoma Literary Review. This submission period we had a little over a thousand submissions; by the time I’m done, I will have read somewhere between 350 and 400 pieces of fiction and given feedback on a little over half of those. (We have awesome fiction readers at TLR to help with the remainder of the workload, and poetry makes up a massive chunk of those thousand submissions.)