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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.

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