Opportunities For Writers

Welcome to our opportunities page. Here, we list competitions, literary events and publisher submission deadlines so you can keep track of your writing calendar.

Click on the name of the opportunity/competition to be taken to the respective information page.

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Opportunities for writers page

 

Opportunities: December 2017

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

Michael Terence Publishing invites entries up to 3000 words for its Short Story Competition. Fiction/short novel, science fiction and non-fiction genres accepted. First prize £300; second prize £200 and third prize £100. All prize winners receive publication online and in a print anthology. Open worldwide to new authors who have never had a full-length work published. Entry fee is £5. Entries close 1st December.

Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition

QuantIC welcomes entries to its Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. Stories can be up to 1000 words long, and must take inspiration from quantum physics and include the phrase 'There are only two possibilities: yes or no'. Prizes up to $1500USD on offer. Free to enter. Entries close 1st December.

TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards

TCK Publishing invites indie/self-published authors to enter its 2017 Readers Choice Awards. Authors may submit one book in any of the given categories for free. Approved submissions will be featured on a voting page, where readers can vote to determine the winner, who will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet and a book review. Entries and voting close 10th December.

Faber Writing Academy Scholarships

Australian writers are invited to apply for the 2018 Faber Writing Academy scholarships. The Academy offers two scholarships for the 'Writing a Novel: Stage 1' course (one for Sydney and one for Melbourne) and one scholarship for the 'True Stories' course (Sydney). 'Writing a Novel: Stage 1' is a comprehensive, three-month course for aspiring novelists; 'True Stories' is a four-month intensive course for writers who want to concentrate on memoir or narrative non-fiction. Applications close 15th December.

Hidden River Review Trilogy Awards

Hidden River Arts is launching a series of awards in partnership with their forthcoming 2018 online arts journal, The Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters. The Trilogy Award offers prizes of $1,000USD awarded to winners in each category: poetry, non-fiction and very short fiction. Submit up to 25 pages of non-fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a book excerpt), up to 5 poems, or a work of short fiction between 300 to 3000 words. $17 entry fee. Entries close 15th December.

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

ScreenCraft is looking for short stories (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Flash fiction, short stories and novellas (up to 20,000 words) will all be accepted. Winner receives $1000USD and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. Second prize is $300 and a one-on-one consultation with a ScreenCraft mentor. Top five finalists' work will be read by literary and entertainment industry professionals. Entry fee is $59 per story. Entries close 16th December.

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

The sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries. Short stories in any genre up to 1000 words will be accepted. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting. Winner receives £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Entry fee is £15 per story. Entries close 22nd December.

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard's Short Fiction Contest is open to any writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Short stories up to 8000 words will be accepted. First prize is $1500USD and publication in Boulevard. Entry fee is $16 per story. Entries close 31st December.

River Styx Microfiction Contest

The River Styx 2018 Microfiction Contest is now open. Entries up to 500 words accepted. $1500USD first prize. First, second and third place winners will be published in Issue 100. $10 entry fee (or $20 with subscription). Entries close 31st December.

The Moth Poetry Prize

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. Poems can be on any subject and there is no line limit. First prize is €10,000; three runner-up prizes of €1,000. he shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2018 issue of The Moth. Entry fee is €12 per poem. Entries close 31st December.

Exeter Novel Prize

Authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent are invited to enter the 2017 Exeter Novel Prize. Entrants must submit the first ten thousand words and synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. First prize is £500; five finalists each receive £75. £18 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for its Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction or essays that possess a powerful sense of place, between 800–5000 words. Winner receives $1000USD and publication in Nowhere. Up to ten finalists also will be published. $20 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.

Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The sixth annual Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open for entries of stories up to 2500 words. Stories must have food and drink at their heart. Winner receives £10,000. Three runner-up entrants receive £250. Entry fee is £10 per story. Entries close 3rd January.

Newcastle Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. Open theme; 2000 word limit. Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents. First prize $3000AUD; second $1700; third $1000. Prizes for highly commended, commended and best local entries. $16.50 entry fee. Entries close 5th February.

Tasmanian Writers' Prize

Forty South Publishing invites Australian and New Zealand residents to enter the 2018 Tasmanian Writers' Prize. Short stories up to 3000 words an island (or island-resonant) theme will be accepted. Winner receives $500AUD and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018. $20 entry fee per story. Entries close 18th February.

Opportunities: November 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award

The Caledonia Novel Award is open internationally to unpublished and self-published novelists. Prize is £1000. Submissions should consist of the first 20 pages of the novel followed by a 200-word synopsis. Entry fee is £25 per novel. Entries close 1st November.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded to the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2000–5000 words. Overall winner receives £5000 and regional winners receive £2500. Entries must be in English but translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. Entries close 1st November.

The Blue Mountain Novel Award

The Blue Mountain Novel Award, from Hidden River Arts, offers $1000USD and publication to an original, unpublished novel of any length. All submissions must include name, address, telephone number, email, website, a brief biography, outline, full synopsis and full manuscript. Entries close 15th November.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards are open to short stories up to 4000 words in the following categories: Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction and Young Adult. Grand prize winner receives $2500USD, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference, an interview in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue and other prizes. First Prize winners and Honourable Mentions in each category also receive prizes including cash, vouchers, books and promotion on writersdigest.com. First entry fee is $25 and additional entries are $20. Entries close 15th November.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

The 18th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition is open to entries of fiction up to 1500 words. 25 prizes consisting of cash, publication and books are on offer, including $3000USD for first place, $1500 for second and $500 for third. Early-bird entry fee is $25 with $20 for each additional entry. Early-bird entries close 15th November.

Bath Children's Novel Award

The 2017 Bath Children's Novel Award is now open to unsigned novelists of any nationality who write for children or young adults. Novels can be in any genre written for middle grade or young adult readers. Prize is £2,000 and one shortlisted entrant receives a £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Entries should consists of the first 5,000 words of the novel plus a one-page synopsis. Entry fee is £25 per novel. Entries close 19th November.

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Overland invites entries to its 2017 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Short fiction up to 3000 words, themed around the notion of ‘travel’, is accepted. The winning story receives $4000AUD and publication in Overland’s first print issue for 2018. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and publication at Overland online. Open internationally. $20 entry fee. Entries close 19th November.

New Media Writing Prize

The 2017 New Media Writing Prize is now open in multiple categories. The if:book Prize and Unicorn Student Prize seek good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. Prizes include £1000 and a three-month paid internship (or £500 in cash). Entries close 24th November.

1000 Word Challenge

The 1000 Word Challenge presents a different themed competition every three months. The current theme is a story up to 1000 words beginning with the words 'This time'. First prize is £100, second £50 and third £25. Entry fee is £5 (or £10 with feedback included). Entries close 30th November.

Sweek Stars Storytelling Competition

Writers are invited to enter the Sweek Stars Storytelling Competition. $4000USD in prize money is on offer, including a grand prize of $1000. To enter, writers must create a Sweek account, publish a story or poem, and invite others to follow the story. Writers must sign up before 30th November.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

Michael Terence Publishing invites entries up to 3000 words for its Short Story Competition. Fiction/short novel, science fiction and non-fiction genres accepted. First prize £300; second prize £200 and third prize £100. All prize winners receive publication online and in a print anthology. Open worldwide to new authors who have never had a full-length work published. Entry fee is £5. Entries close 1st December.

Hidden River Review Trilogy Awards

Hidden River Arts is launching a series of awards in partnership with their forthcoming 2018 online arts journal, The Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters. The Trilogy Award offers prizes of $1,000USD awarded to winners in each category: poetry, non-fiction and very short fiction. Submit up to 25 pages of non-fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a book excerpt), up to 5 poems, or a work of short fiction between 300 to 3000 words. $17 entry fee. Entries close 15th December.

Newcastle Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. Open theme; 2000 word limit. Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents. First prize $3000AUD; second $1700; third $1000. Prizes for highly commended, commended and best local entries. $16.50 entry fee. Entries close 5th February.

Tasmanian Writers' Prize

Forty South Publishing invites Australian and New Zealand residents to enter the 2018 Tasmanian Writers' Prize. Short stories up to 3000 words an island (or island-resonant) theme will be accepted. Winner receives $500AUD and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018. $20 entry fee per story. Entries close 18th February.

Opportunities: October 2017

London Short Story Prize

The London Short Story Prize 2017 is currently open for entries of stories up to 5000 words. Winner will receive £1000 as well as print and online publication. Two highly commended and three shortlisted stories will also receive publication and payment. Open to writers living in London only. £6 entry fee. Entries close 9th October.

Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop

FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future and tell its story. The 2017 theme is 'Blue Sky Cities'. Works of short fiction up to 8000 words will be accepted. First prize is $2000USD with $500 each for five runners-up. Winner and runners-up will be published in an anthology. First entry free; second entry $24. Entries close 13th October.

Arkansas International Emerging Writers Prize

Entries for the Arkansas International Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction are currently open. Prose pieces under 7500 words will be accepted. Prize is $1000USD and publication. $20 entry fee (includes one-year subscription). Entries close 15th October.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The current round of the Bath Flash Fiction Award closes for entries this month. Submit flash fiction up to 300 words. £1000 prize for the winner, £300 for second and £100 for third; two commendations receive £30 each. £9 entry fee. 50 longlisted entrants receive publication in print and digital anthology. Entries close 15th October.

Dorset Fiction Award

The Dorset Fiction Award's bi-annual competition is currently open for entries. Short fiction 1000 words or fewer in any genre/topic will be accepted. Winner receives £500 cash prize and publication in anthology and online. Nine runners-up also receive publication. International entries welcome. £7 entry fee. Entries close 15th October.

NUHA Blogging Prizes

The NUHA Foundation, an education NGO, is open for entries to its 2017 Blogging Prizes. There are three categories: Young Writers (age 10-14), Youth (age 15-18) and Adult (age 19 and above). Prizes up to $2500USD on offer. Entries are in the form of articles responding to given topics or prompts. Entries close 15th October.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest invites entries to its annual Popular Fiction Awards. Categories include Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery/Crime, Horror, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Young Adult. Entries up to 4000 words will be accepted. Grand prize winner receives $2500USD, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference and an interview in Writer's Digest magazine. First prize winners in each category receive $500 and other prizes. $20 entry fee. Entries close 16th October.

Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

The inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize is now open for entries. The prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing literary fiction and non-fiction. Winner receives $20,000AUD and publication in early 2019. Entries must consist of a 300-word synopsis, manuscript and pitch document. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and above. Entries close 20th October.

Bare Fiction Prize

Bare Fiction magazine is open for entries to its fourth annual competition. Categories include flash fiction (500-word limit); short story (3000-word limit); and poetry (40-line limit). In each category, first prize is £500, second prize is £200 and third prize is £100. Two Highly Commended awards of £25 will also be chosen. First, second and third prize winners will be published online and in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction. Entries close 31st October.

Kathy Fish Fellowship (Flash Fiction)

SmokeLong Quarterly is now accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The winner will receive $500USD and will be considered a virtual 'writer in residence' at SmokeLong for four issues, each of which will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. $5 donation as entry fee. Entries close 31st October.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

Opportunities: September 2017

HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award

The Historical Writers' Association is now open for entries to the Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award. Short stories of up to 3500 words, set at least 35 years in the past, will be accepted. Prizes include £500, publication, mentoring session from author and agent, and the opportunity to receive your award at the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London. Two Highly Commended entries also receive mentoring and invitations to the award ceremony. Entries close 1st September.

Vancouver Writers Fest Short Story and Poetry Contest

The Vancouver Writers Fest is open for entries to its 19th annual Short Story and Poetry Contest. Poetry up to 500 words and creative short fiction up to 1500 words will be accepted from writers of any nationality. First prize in both categories consist of $500CAD, publication in print and online, and editorial evaluations of written works. Second prize is $350 and online publication. $15 entry fee. Entries close 5th September.

Baum Book Prize 2017

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Baum Book Prize for the chance to win a $3000 ebook deal with Kwill Books. Fiction or non-fiction books of any genre, including poetry and children's books, will be considered. The winner will receive an ISBN, book formatting and proofreading, cover design and a marketing promotions package. All finalists receive a content edit and editorial notes on their manuscript. Submissions close 10th September.

Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers

Express Media's 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is now open. The award aims to foster talented Australian writers of longform work aged 30 and under. Entries between 5000–10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres. Winner receives $3000AUD, an editorial mentorship and a book pack. Shortlisted writers receive a craft development masterclass, feedback on their entry and a book pack. Entries close 10th September.

 

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

The 2017 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is now open for entries. International entries welcome. The theme is 'World-Changing Words' and entries must be under 2500 words. First prize is $1000AUD and publication in Mascara Literary Review; a highly commended entry receives $200. Entry fee is $15. Entries close 15th September.

Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition

Mslexia is open for entries to its 2017 Women's Novel Competition, judged by author Philippa Gregory. Women of any nationality from any country can enter extracts up to 5000 words of completed, unpublished novels (manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words total length). First prize £5000. Winner and four finalists also receive manuscript feedback and introductions to agents and editors. Entry fee £25. Entries close 18th September.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Stories up to 6000 words will be accepted. Winner receives £30,000 and five shortlisted authors will also receive £1000. Entrants must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Entries close 28th September.

Manchester Fiction Prize

Manchester Metropolitan University seeks entries for its Fiction Prize. Short stories up to 2500 words will be accepted. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Open theme. Winner receives £10,000. £17.50 entry fee. Entries close 29th September.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Boston Review welcomes entries to its Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Stories under 5000 words will be accepted. The winning author will receive $1500USD and have their work published on Boston Review's website. Runners up may also be published. $20 entry fee. Entries close 1st October.

Kore Press Memoir Award

Kore Press is open for entries to its Memoir Award, judged this year by Cheryl Strayed. Open to women writers writing memoir or memoir-in-essays in English. Entries should be a minimum of 80 pages and a maximum of 400 pages. Winner receives $1000USD prize plus publication. $27.50 entry fee. Entries close 1st October.

Virginia Prize for Fiction

Aurora Metro invites entries to its biennial prize, which aims to find new women fiction writers. Entries must consist of a completed manuscript for a novel. The prize is open to any woman (over 18) around the world, writing in English. Winner receives £1000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books. Entry fee £15. Entries close 1st October.

Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

The inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize is now open for entries. The prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing literary fiction and non-fiction. Winner receives $20,000AUD and publication in early 2019. Entries must consist of a 300-word synopsis, manuscript and pitch document. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and above. Entries close 20th October.

Opportunities: August 2017

Indiana Review 2017 1/2 K Prize

Indiana Review invites submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction under 500 words for the 1/2 K Prize. Winner receives $1000USD and publication in Indiana Review. Up to 3 pieces accepted per submission. $20 reading fee. Submissions close 1st August.

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship

The PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship is a seven-month literary mentorship based in Los Angeles. The fellowship aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. Applications close 1st August.

Best New Fairy Tale Competition

Writers are invited to submit an original fairy tale story to Fairytalez.com's Best New Fairy Tale competition. The winner will receive a $300 gift certificate to Amazon.com, promotion on social networks and a digital winner badge for your blog or website. Stories must be between 300 and 5000 words. Entries close 15th August.

UNO Press Lab Publishing Prize

The UNO Press Lab is accepting previously unpublished submissions of book-length fiction (novels or short story collections). The winning author will receive a $1000USD advance and a contract to publish with UNO Press. $18 submission fee. Entries close 15th August.

The Epoch Times Inspiring the World Writing Competition

The Epoch Times, part of a New York City-based nonprofit, is open for entries to its Inspiring the World Writing Competition. Submissions should be nonfiction articles between 500-1000 words, and should highlight any of the following themes: compassion, redemption, triumph of the human spirit, and life's surprises. The prize pool is worth $10,000USD ($5000 for first place). Entries close 21st August.

The Writer Magazine 'Let There Be Light' Competition

The Writer magazine invites entries to its 'Let There Be Light' competition. Short stories up to 2000 words using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word 'light' will be accepted. Grand prize is $1000USD and publication in the magazine. Second place and third place receive publication on writermag.com as well as $500 and $250 respectively. Entries close 21st August.

Scotland Writing Residency

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in a cottage in the Scottish village of Brora. Applicants must submit 20 pages of fiction, creative non-fiction or playwriting; a CV, including a publication list; two references; and a $22USD fee. Applications close 25th August.

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2017/18

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is open for submissions up to 6000 words. Winner chooses between a cash prize of £1000 or 12 months of editorial support for a writing project and will also be profiled and interviewed in The Bookseller. Shortlisted authors each receive a cash prize of £150; longlisted authors receive £50 of bookshop vouchers and a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press. £10 entry fee per story. Entries close 27th August.

Grindstone 2017 Summer Novel Opening Competition

Grindstone Literary Services is open for entries to its 2017 Summer Novel Opening Competition. Enter the first 1000 words of your novel. First prize £250; second £100; third £50. Fourth and fifth prize winners receive a free critical overview on a piece of writing. £6 entry fee. Entries close 28th August.

Hammond House Publishing International Short Story Prize

Hammond House Publishing invites entries for its International Literary Prize. Short stories between 2000-7000 words will be accepted. The theme is 'eternal'. Winner receives £600; second place £100; third place £50. 25 shortlisted entries will receive worldwide publication. Prizes are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December. £10 entry fee. Entries close 31st August.

The London Magazine Essay Competition 2017

The London Magazine invites entries for its inaugural essay competition. All essays submitted must be non-academic, previously unpublished and no longer than 1500 words. No set theme or subject. First prize is £500 and publication in the magazine; second and third prize receive publication on thelondonmagazine.org, as well as £300 and £200 respectively. Entry fee: £10 per essay. Entries close 31st August.

The Matador Review Fall 2017 submissions

Online literature and art journal, The Matador Review, seeks submissions for its next issue, the Fall 2017 publication. Fiction and creative non-fiction under 10,000 words, flash fiction under 1000 words, and poetry (up to 6 poems) are accepted. Call for submissions ends 31st August.

Baum Book Prize 2017

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Baum Book Prize for the chance to win a $3000 ebook deal with Kwill Books. Fiction or non-fiction books of any genre, including poetry and children's books, will be considered. The winner will receive an ISBN, book formatting and proofreading, cover design and a marketing promotions package. All finalists receive a content edit and editorial notes on their manuscript. Submissions close 10th September.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

The 2017 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is now open for entries. International entries welcome. The theme is 'World-Changing Words' and entries must be under 2500 words. First prize is $1000AUD and publication in Mascara Literary Review; a highly commended entry receives $200. Entry fee is $15. Entries close 15th September.

Opportunities: July 2017

Gem Street International Short Story Competition

Labello Press is currently open for submissions to its next Gem Street anthology, themed 'dystopia'. Short stories up to 3500 words will be accepted. First, second and third place stories will receive €500, €200 and €100 respectively. Entry fee is €7 per story. Entries close 14th July.

Best Australian Writing 2017

Submissions are now open for the 2017 editions of Best Australian Essays, Stories and Poems. Essay and story submissions can be unpublished or published after 1st August 2016, poem submissions must be previously published. Poems can be emailed but essays and stories must be sent via mail. Deadline for submissions is 15th July.

Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry is open for entries to the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. Fiction up to 5000 words and poetry up to 5 pages will be accepted. A $500USD prize and publication in Nimrod will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories. Entry fee is $12. Entries close 15th July.

Rattle Poetry Prize

Rattle poetry magazine is open to entries for its annual Poetry Prize. First prize is $10,000USD and publication in the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee is $20, which includes a subscription to Rattle. Up to four poems per entry. Entries close 15th July.

Vallum Award for Poetry

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017. One to three poems of maximum 60 lines each will be accepted. First prize is $750CAD; second prize is $250; both receive publication in Vallum. Entry fee is $25CAD for Canadian residents and $25USD for US/international entrants. Entries close 15th July.

William Faulkner Literary Competition

The William Faulkner Literary Competition is open for entries in five categories: Novel, One Act Play, Poetry, Adult Short Story, and Student Short Story. Prizes range from $100 to $2000USD. Entry fees are applicable for each category. The Novel category deadline is 15th July; deadlines for One Act Play, Poetry and Adult Short Story are 31st July; and the deadline for Student Short Story is 31st August.

Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition

The Norwich Writers' Circle welcomes international entries to its 2017 Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. Entries must explore the theme of ‘strangers’. Short stories up to 2000 words will be accepted. First place receives £400, second place £250, and third place £100. Entry fee: £8. Entries close 31st July.

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

The annual Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is currently open to international entries for its 2017 contest. Stories up to 3000 words will be accepted. First prize is  €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Retreat. Second prize is €500 and publication in Southword, and four shortlisted entries will receive €120 and publication in Southword. Entry fee is €15/$20USD/£15. Entries close 31st July.

The Matador Review Fall 2017 submissions

Online literature and art journal, The Matador Review, seeks submissions for its next issue, the Fall 2017 publication. Fiction and creative non-fiction under 10,000 words, flash fiction under 1000 words, and poetry (up to 6 poems) are accepted. Call for submissions ends 31st August.

Opportunities: June 2017

Disney | ABC Writing Program

The Disney | ABC Writing Program is one of the entertainment industry's most successful writer programs. Successful applicants become employees of Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54USD. Applications must include an original pilot script, a spec script, a resume and an essay. Applicants must be able to legally work in the United States and be at least 21 years of age. Applications close 2nd June.

The Big Issue Fiction Submissions

Australian magazine The Big Issue is currently open for submissions to its annual fiction edition. Entries of short stories from all genres are invited from writers of any age. Stories should be between 300 and 3000 words. Entry is free (postal only, no online entries) and each author published will receive $500AUD. Entries close 5th June.

Hunter Writers Centre Grieve Writing Competition

The Hunter Writers Centre  500 word story or a poem up to 36 lines. Over $7000AUD in prizes on offer and over 150 entries will be published in the anthology. Entry fee $16.50AUD. Australian entries only. Entries close 9th June.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is accepting entries for its 2017 contest. Entries must be under 300 words. First prize is £1000, second £300 and third £100. Two commendations of £30 each will also be awarded. 50 longlisted entrants will be offered publication. £9 for one entry, £15 for two and £18 for three. Closes 11th June.

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

Sisters in Crime invites entries to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. A grant of $1500USD will be awarded to an emerging writer of colour who submits an unpublished work of crime fiction. Applications close 15th June.

Fiction Magazine Submissions

Fiction magazine is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts. Entrants are encouraged to stay under 5000 words but fiction manuscripts of any length will be read. Submissions close 15th June.

Creative Nonfiction 'Starting Over' Submissions

Submissions are open for an upcoming issue of Creative Nonfiction. The magazine is looking for 'true stories about starting over'. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4000 words, and must tell true stories/be factually accurate. $3USD fee for online submissions. Entries close 19th June.

Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition

Mslexia is open for entries to its pamphlet competition – short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems are eligible. First prize is publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books in 2017, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and a 10% royalty on sales. Open to women of any nationality, from any country. Entry fee: £20 per pamphlet. Entries close 19th June.

The Brighton Prize

The 2017 Brighton Prize is now open in two categories. Short stories between 1000–2000 words will be in the running for a £1000 first prize and two runner-up prizes of £100 each. The flash fiction category requires entries under 350 words and offers £100 for first prize and £50 for two runners-up. Winning and shortlisted stories will be offered publication in an anthology.Entries close 30th June.

Newcastle Poetry Prize

The Hunter Writers Centre is now open for entries to the 2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize. Maximum 200 line limit. First prize is $15,000AUD, second prize $5000 and third prize $1000. Entry fee is $34AUD. Australian entrants only. Entries close 30th June.

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette, The Guardian and the Emerging Writers Festival are looking for the first three chapters of an unpublished manuscript. Entrants must be Australian residents aged 18 or older, and the winner will receive $10,000 plus a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette's publishers. Applications are open from now until 3rd July.

Opportunities: May 2017

The Writer Magazine Spring Cleaning Contest

The Writer magazine is open to entries for its Spring Cleaning short story contest, encouraging writers to clean out their 'draft' folders, choose a draft and polish it up for submission. There is no theme and no genre restriction. Entries must be 2000 words or fewer. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the magazine; second prize and third prize are $500 and $250 respectively and publication on the website. Entry fee is $25. Entries close 8th May.

Dangerously Poetic–Byron Writers Festival Poetry Prize

Dangerously Poetic Press and the Byron Writers Festival are co-sponsoring a national Australian poetry prize. Entries must be unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. The first poem costs $15AUD, and each additional costs $5. Prizes include cash, publication, festival passes and more. Entries close 10th May.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

The 2017 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is open for entries of short fiction under 3500 words. First prize is $1500USD and publication; second- and third-place winners each receive $500. No theme or genre restrictions. Early entries ($15) close 1st May; late entries ($20) close 15th May.

Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

Palooka Press is calling for short manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres. Submissions should be around 30–50 pages and will be charged $10USD (which includes an electronic issue of Palooka). The winner will receive publication, a $200 honorarium and more. Entries close 15th May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

The Plougshares Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry who do not have a published or self-published book. Winning entries in each category will be published in Ploughshares and receive $2000USD. Fiction and non-fiction entries must be under 6000 words and poetry must be between 3-5 pages. Entry fee is $24. Entries close 15th May.

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Carve Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Entries must be short stories (literary fiction only) up to 10,000 words. Publication and $2500USD in prize money available across five prizes. Entry fee is $17 for online submissions and $15 for mailed submissions. Entries close 15th May.

Kindle Storyteller Contest

Amazon is currently open for entries to its Kindle Storyteller contest. The competition is open to books written in English, from all authors and genres. Titles must be previously unpublished, a minimum of 5000 words and available in both print and ebook formats. The winning author will receive £20,000 and will be recognised at an award ceremony in London. Entries close 19th May.

Granta Magazine Non-Fiction Submissions

Renowned literary magazine Granta is open for submissions of original non-fiction on any topic (will be considered for both print and online submissions). There is no set maximum or minimum length, though most pieces run between 3000 and 6000 words. Submissions close 24th May.

Shoalhaven Literary Award

The Fellowship of Australian Writers welcomes submissions for the annual Shoalhaven Literary Award. Entries are open to Australian residents aged 18 and over, and should be no more than 3000 words. There is a $12AUD fee per entry. First prize is $1500 and a two-week artist residency, with supplementary prizes of $150, $200 and $250. Entries close 27th May.

The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction

Australian quarterly The Lifted Brow welcomes entries of 5000 words from writers of any age, from anywhere in the world. The entry fee of US$7 will be waived for subscribers to The Lifted Brow and RMIT students/alumni. The winner will receive AU$5000 and publication in Issue 35 of The Lifted Brow. Entries close 29th May.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is open for entries of unpublished manuscripts by writers under the age of 35. The winner receives publication by Allen & Unwin and an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000 AUD. Minimum length is 30,000 words and maximum is 100,000 words. Open to residents of Australia who are under 35 years of age on 31st May 2017. Entry fee is $25AUD. Entries close 31st May.

The Bridport Prize

The Bridport Prize is open for international entries in three categories: poetry (£9 entry), short stories (£10 entry) and flash fiction (£8 entry), as well as a first novel category for writers in Britain and Ireland. Cash prizes up to the value of £5000 are on offer. Entries close 31st May.

Exit Earth Short Story Competition

STORGY Magazine is open for entries to its 'Exit Earth'-themed short story competition. 5000-word limit. Prizes include £1,000 for first place, £500 for second and £250 for third. Entry fee is £10. Entries close 31st May.

First Novel Prize

The 2017 First Novel Prize is judged by a leading literary agent, an adult fiction editor at a large international publisher and a literary consultant. Entries must be completed adult (not children's or YA) novels over 50,000 words. First prize is £1000; second is £250; third is £100. Entry fee is £25. Entries close 31st May.

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

Reflex Fiction is currently open for entries to the Summer instalment of its quarterly flash fiction competitions. Prizes include £1,000 for first place, £500 for second and £250 for third. Entries must be between 180 and 360 words. Longlisted and winning authors will also have their stories published online. Entry fee is £7/$9/€9. Entries close 31st May.

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

Wundor Editions welcomes entries for its inaugural poetry contest. The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 and over. Entries may be of any length but must address the theme of 'Spring'. Entry fees range from £10–20 and may include one or more book vouchers. The winner will receive £500 and online publication. Entries close 31st May.

The Yeovil Literary Prize

Writers are invited to enter the Yeovil Literary Prize in any of four categories: novel, short story, poetry and 'writing without restrictions'. Cash prizes are on offer, ranging from £50 to £1000. Entry fees range from £5 to £12. Entries close 31st May.

New Voices Competition

Londnr Magazine, in association with Spread the Word, is seeking new voices to join their staff writers. Entrants must be aged 18 and over, and be resident in or have easy access to London. Entries must be essays or non-fiction pieces up to 1000 words. There is a £4 entry fee. Prizes include publication, a paid contract for three articles, mentoring and more. Entries close 1st June.

The Big Issue Fiction Submissions

Australian magazine The Big Issue is currently open for submissions to its annual fiction edition. Entries of short stories from all genres are invited from writers of any age. Stories should be between 300 and 3000 words. Entry is free (postal only, no online entries) and each author published will receive $500AUD. Entries close 5th June.

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

Sisters in Crime invites entries to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. A grant of $1500USD will be awarded to an emerging writer of colour who submits an unpublished work of crime fiction. Applications close 15th June.

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette, The Guardian and the Emerging Writers Festival are looking for the first three chapters of an unpublished manuscript. Entrants must be Australian residents aged 18 or older, and the winner will receive $10,000 plus a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette's publishers. Applications are open from now until 3rd July.