Opportunities: January 2017

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

Bayou Magazine invites entries to its annual James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of fiction up to 7500 words. First prize is $1000USD and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. $20 reading fee, which includes a contest issue. Entries close 1st January.

Fresher Writing Prize

Fresher Publishing invites entries for the 2017 Fresher Writing Prize. Categories include short story, creative non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction and first 500 words of a novel. Prizes include feedback and advice, one-to-one consultations with agents and publishing professionals and more. Writers can enter as many categories as they like; each entry costs £6. Entries close 5th January.

Newcastle Short Story Award

The Hunter Writers Centre presents the 2017 Newcastle Short Story Award. The award offers over $6000 in prizes, with the shortlisted stories to be published in the 2017 anthology. Submissions can be up to 2000 words. Open to all Australians, living here or overseas. Closes 6th February.

BBC Writersroom Script Room

BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is now open. Submit one drama script of at least 30 minutes/pages in length for TV, film, radio, stage or online. Closes 9th January.

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Kat Muscat Fellowship

Express Media invites applications for the 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship. The fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young Australian female-identifying or non-binary person. Entries must propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’. Applications close 15th January.

Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 2500 words, with food and/or drink at the heart of the tale, are invited for the 2017 Mogford Short Story Prize. Judges include author Phillip Pullman and food writer Mary Berry. Winning entry receives £10,000. £10 entry fee for each story. Open internationally. Entries close 15th January.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest seeks short fiction under 1500 words for the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Cash prizes, publication, conference tickets and books on offer. Open internationally. Entries close 16th January.

The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize 2017

The Nature Conservancy seeks entries for its fourth biennial Nature Writing Prize. The $5000 award is for an essay between 3000–5000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. Australian entrants only. Entry fee $30. Entries close 27th January.

2017 Nelson Algren Literary Award

The Chicago Tribune invites entries from US writers for the Nelson Algren Literary Award. Short stories up to 8000 words will be accepted. There will be one winner ($3500USD), four finalists ($1000USD) and five runners-up ($500USD), and all stories will be considered for publication in Printers Row, the Tribune's digital literary journal. Entries close 31st January.

Iowa Review Awards

The Iowa Review invites submissions of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction to its annual awards. Submit up to 25 pages of previously unpublished prose or 10 pages of poetry.  Winners receive $1500USD; first runners-up receive $750USD; all receive publication. $20 entry fee. Entries close 31st January.

Queerly Lit Book Proposal Submissions

Publishizer invites invites fiction and non-fiction book proposals from LGBTQ authors, or those writing stories with LGBTQ characters or themes, throughout the month of January. 1000 word limit. Cash prize of $2000USD. Entries close 31st January.

Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing

Submissions for the annual Text Prize are now open to Australian and New Zealand writers. Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction for children or young adults. The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Entries close 3rd February.

Newcastle Short Story Award

The Newcastle Short Story Award is open to Australian entrants submitting short stories up to 2000 words. Open theme. $6000 in prizes on offer. $16.50 entry fee. Entries close 6th February.