The Moth’s €10,000 Poetry Prize: Entries Open Until 31 December

The Moth Poetry Prize 2018
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes. The winner of the 2018 Moth Poetry Prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$11,400), 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  €15 is payable and multiple entries are accepted.

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Entries are now open for the $100,000 Nine Dots Prize

The Nine Dots Prize is accepting entries for its second cycle. The winner will receive a $100,000 book deal with Cambridge University Press.

The aim of the prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. To enter writers are asked to respond to a question in 3000 words. The Nine Dots Prize question is for 2018/19 is: Is there still no place like home?

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27 Writing Competitions to Enter Before the End of the Year

UPDATE: Looking for competitions in 2019? Our latest guide to short story contests is now online.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites for all the latest terms and conditions. For more writing competitions and writing-related news follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize
is open to works of fiction up to 7500 words in length. All entrants must not have yet published a full-length book, and have no book forthcoming before 1 May 2019. Entries close on 20 October.

Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction
is organised by the University of Central Lancashire and Comma Press. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and based in the UK. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2000 and 6000 words in length. The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an eBook anthology. There is no entry fee and only one entry is permitted per writer. The entry deadline is 26 October.

Blue Light Books Prize
is run by the Indiana Review. It is open to full-length poetry manuscripts between 48 and 75 pages, not including table of contents and acknowledgements. A publication contract with IU Press and a prize of US$2000 against future royalties will be awarded to the winner. Entries close on 31 October.

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Why We Should Learn to Love the Full Stop.

A guest post by Joe Moran

If you want to write a good sentence, you must learn to love the full stop. Love it above all other punctuation marks, and see it as the goal towards which the words in your sentence adamantly move.

A sentence, once begun, demands its own completion. As pilots say: take-off is optional, landing is compulsory. A sentence throws a thought into the air and leaves the reader vaguely dissatisfied until that thought has come in to land.

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How to Apply for the Amsterdam Writers’ Residency

Amsterdam Writers' Residency - credit Maurizio Mori

Author John Green has described Amsterdam as the city he loves most in the world. It was an important setting for his bestseller The Fault in Our Stars and it was at the Amsterdam Writers’ Residency in 2011 that Green worked on many of the Dutch sections of his manuscript.

The Amsterdam Writers’ Residency was founded in 2006 and offers writers from around the world the opportunity to live and work in the literary heart of the city for up to three months. View Post

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