Opportunities Too

The Opportunities page was getting a bit busy so I decided to start fresh. However, I recommend visiting the original page for publisher, contest, award, project etc. information and for some tips/advice on submitting/applying. This includes information re protecting your work – links to articles like this one. I won’t repeat it all here but it’s still relevant.

This page will be dedicated to links to upcoming deadlines (links only because it’s not usual nor practical to post all the details here, also for crediting purposes) and fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. As a reminder, I research a lot of contests and markets, residencies and other opportunities because I submit to a lot of contests and markets, residencies and other opportunities, including some of these; I’m sharing because hopefully you’ll go for yours too.  Further reminder: I try to do research before posting and do so in good faith; still, I can’t vouch for them. These are just shares; Wadadli Pen aside, I have no stake in anything posted here and will bear no responsibility for whatever happens when/if you choose to engage with any of them. I’ve tried to make it easier by grouping them here, but do your homework.


Open – the lit arts project for Barbuda hurricane relief launched by Ben Rainey (Antiguan in the UK) remains open for submissions after the poor response to the initial call. Step up. Read more here.


November 23rd 2017 – The César Egido Serrano Foundation: V International Flash Fiction Competition. Details here. ETA: I’m told that if you enter this code (52117) and you win, I might get a bonus cheque, do or don’t but just letting you know. Either way, just remember to do your due diligence. I didn’t enter this contest in the past because it seemed too good to be true and required certain details on submission that I wasn’t comfortable with – bottom line, I wasn’t sure it wasn’t a scam. I entered this time around because I’ve done some more research and feel more comfortable that it’s legit – and because those details I was concerned about didn’t seem to be required on submission. But do your own due diligence and make sure you feel okay with everything before submitting.

November 30th 2017 – Want to win a copy of my new book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure? Lost booksTake the quiz.

November 30th 2017 – The Frank O. Connor International Literary Fellowship. Details here .

November 30th 2017 – the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and USAID Early Learners Programme (ELP) is seeking submissions of manuscripts. Called ‘Write to Read’, the project invites K – 3 students, parents, teachers, and community members to create or co-create culturally relevant children’s books for use in the classroom.  In addition to generating engaging and culturally relevant reading resources for young learners, the aim is to help students learn strategies writing:  generating ideas, drafting, sharing and critiquing with peers, revising, and editing. It’s worth noting that there will be cash prizes for the winning manuscripts but all writers (student and adult) must also submit an assignment of rights (to the work) form for use for non-commercial purposes. This is open to student writers, teachers, and amateur adult authors provided you are from one of the OECS member states. Full details: Write to Read (Revised September 2017)

November 30th 2017 – International flash fiction competition; paying market with a submission fee. Details here.

December 1st 2017 – this one is for small press editors; you have the opportunity to boost a writer by submitting them for a Pushcart prize. Here’s how.

December 1st 2017 – Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) seeks submissions for essays that explore creative writing and arts education, the theme of the imagination, and/or creative writing. Details here .

December 15th 2017 – The Hurston/Wright Foundation is accepting submissions for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards in debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Eligibility:
•The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are open to Black writers in America and across the globe.
•Full-length books of debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as collections of short stories, and collections of essays by one author. (All works must be newly published. E-books are not eligible.)
•Books published in the United States, including translations of books by Black writers published in the U.S. and U.S. editions of foreign books published for the first time in the United States.
•Books by a self-published author.
•An English translation of a book originally written in another language by a Black writer. The translator need not be a Black author.
•Books with a publication date within the calendar year in which the application is being submitted.
•Submissions postmarked for the Hurston/Wright Foundation office by December 15th.
•Previous Legacy Award winners and nominees and college writing awardees.
•Bound galleys from publishing houses, as long as the release date is within the specified dates of submission. For additional details and to submit, go here.

December 31st 2017 – The Caribbean Writer. The theme is Rough Tides, Tough Times: Reflections and Transitions. Submit to thecaribbeanwriter@uvi.edu The usual submission guidelines are maximum five poems, short stories, personal essays, and one act-plays, with a maximum length of 3,500 words or 10 pages for the short stories. Only previously unpublished works; simultaneous submissions also not accepted. Include brief biographical information with your submission plus all contact information and title on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript. The maximum length for biographical info is 50 words. Formatting: Times font, 12-point, double-spaced, and 1 inch margins on all sides, free of typographical and grammatical errors. Titles should be no more than four spaces down from the top of the page and centered (avoid fancy fonts, bold letters, or underlining). Submissions must be in Microsoft Word or a similar format. Do not send PDF files. Additionally, the  submission must not have been previously published nor can it be before another journal for consideration simultaneously. Online submission is apparently also a thing but I’ve always submitted via email. All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:
•The Virgin Islands Daily News Prize for a fiction or nonfiction essay to an author residing in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands (US$500)
•The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction (US$400)
•The David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author (US$500)
•The Charlotte & Isadore Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer (US$250)
•The Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize for a work that best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean (US$500)
•The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize to an emerging author (US$500)

December 31s 2017 – Boulevard short fiction contest for emerging writers. More here.

December 31st 2017 – This Essay writing competition comes to us via David Thompson, chief student academician and essay contest manager at ExpertAssignmentHelp, which he describes as an online tutoring company helping students around the globe. No entry fee; cash prize. Details here.

December 31st 2017 – The Moth Poetry Prize. Open to anyone over 16; poem must be previously unpublished. Entry fee is 12 euros and main prize is 10,000 euros. Details here.

8th January 2018 (for books published between 1 November and 31 December, 2017) – OCM Bocas Prize for books (fiction, poetry, non-fiction) published in the Caribbean and/or by Caribbean writers – Chairing the distinguished panel of Caribbean and international judges is the celebrated Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna Goodison, who is joined by nine other esteemed writers, academics, and publishing professionals. See files for details:
2018 OCM Bocas Prize Letter to Publishers
OCM Bocas Prize 2018 guidelines and entry form

January 1st – 31st 2018 – Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest – open to all writers who have not yet published a work of fiction. Bookmark this one here.

January 15th 2018 – the Mogford Food and Drink Short Story Prize. The Prize is 10,000 pounds. Food and Drink must be at the heart of the tale. Both published and unpublished writers are invited to enter but all stories must be previously unpublished. All entries must be accompanied by a £10 entry fee and a 2500 word limit applies. Details here.

November 2017 – February 2018 – This one I think will be of particular interest to writers and visual artists based in Barbuda, Dominica, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Anguilla, the BVI, Puerto Rico, and the USVI. It’s the Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artist Fund, open to both visual and literary artists on an ongoing basis (applicants will be reviewed each week) between November and February. The Fund offers refuge to any artist displaced by natural disaster, political turmoil, or threat. International artists or writers living outside the US have to be sponsored by an established partner organization working to connect eligible artists with opportunities for creative refuge. Visit here for more information.

March 1st 2008 – the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City which celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally (US). The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2018, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers. Read more.

March 12th 2018 – the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation announces the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for novels (at least 50,000 words) published between January 2017 and April 2018; must have been published by a recognized trade publisher. Also accepting unpublished work – self-published works are eligible for this prize. Details of both here. the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation also announces the Author of Tomorrow Award for writers 21 years and younger for fiction between 1500 and 5000 words. Details of that here.

Deadline unknown – Caribbean Development Bank’s Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund – Trying to get more information but for now sharing this link – lit arts don’t seem to be a priority area – but I’ll pass on more when I know more.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Fish Outta Water, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, and With Grace; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). Excerpting, reblogging, linking etc. is fine, but PLEASE do not lift ANY content (images or text) wholesale from this site without asking first and crediting the creator of that work and/or copyright holder. All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.


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One response to “Opportunities Too

  1. Reblogged this on Wadadli Pen and commented:

    Don’t miss the early April submissions periods…I won’t be.

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