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The Caledonia Novel Award is open internationally to unpublished and self-published novelists.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The 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded to the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2000–5000 words.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The Blue Mountain Novel Award, from Hidden River Arts, offers $1000USD and publication to an original, unpublished novel of any length.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.

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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.

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