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. You can also find relevant information for writers and artists on the Resources page.

This page will be dedicated to links to upcoming deadlines (links and a brief 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. So, check back. 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 am a working writer. 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 every link. 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.

Finally, if you’re looking for writing and publishing related services (including writing, editing, and one-on-one writing, communication, and literature coaching and tutoring), here’s a link re my services, my workshops, and a breakdown of some of these services available from me and others in Antigua and Barbuda


Ongoing through April 2021 – while Wadadli Pen entries are being processed and assessed, there is still time to #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda for your Antigua-Barbuda book of the year. Vote in the comments below the post here.

April 9th 2021 – To honour the life’s work of Carl Joseph, who died suddenly in 2020, Newsco and Antiguans and Barbudans for Constitutional reform have launched a  journalism and photo journalism contest for teens in Antigua and Barbuda. Details here: Carl-Adrien-Joseph-Memorial-Reporter-For-A-Day-Service-Project

April 12th 2021 – An opportunity to pay it forward comes via the Royal Society of Literature. To mark 200 years of the Royal Society of Literature, the RSL is inviting recommendations for RSL International Writers – a new lifetime literary honour the Society is awarding. Founded in 1820, the RSL is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. They are inviting recommendations of your favourite non-UK writers by April 12th 2021. They’re taking recommendations of writers who’ve made a major contribution to global literary culture via this link. At a time of rising nationalism, RSL International Writers celebrates the many ways in which literature can shape a future world, celebrating the power of literature to bring us together across borders, cultures and languages. They are seeking recommendations of writers of diverse literary forms, including writers of drama, fiction, graphic fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and screenplays. In the inaugural year, recommendations will be reviewed by a panel of RSL Fellows, chaired by translator and writer Daniel Hahn, and including Elif Shafak, Philippe Sands, Lisa Appignanesi, Boyd Tonkin, Syima Aslam, Max Porter, Sophie Collins, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Sasha Dugdale. Writers selected by the panel will be nominated to receive the award, for final approval by the RSL’s governing Council. To be eligible, writers must not be residents in nor citizens of the UK and have published two substantial works of outstanding literary merit.

April 20th 2021 – Enter The Grazia x Women’s Prize Fiction First Chapter Competition 2021 – Dorothy Koomson, the award-winning, millions-selling author of The Ice Cream Girls, All My Lies Are True and the upcoming I Know What You’ve Done, has written the opening paragraph of a story – and you’re invited finish it (i.e. the first chapter). The story can go in any direction, just keep to between 800 and 1,000 words. The winner will be invited to attend the glittering Women’s Prize for Fiction awards party in London on July 7 (restrictions allowing), where their talent will be acknowledged in front of the biggest names in literature. Read the opening here.

April 30th 2021 – Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest. Details here.

April 30th 2021 – Chicken Soup for the Soul – Theme: Count Your Blessings. More here.

May 15th 2021 – Chicken Soup for the Soul. Theme: Christmas Stories. More here.


May 16th 2021 – Collins Big Cat Writing Competition giving children the opportunity to either create a new character or write a new adventure for Shinoy and the Chaos Crew using descriptive writing. The maximum word count is 300 words. Prizes up for grabs include a year’s access to the Big Cat Ebook library for 1 of the key stages, a video of the winning stories read out by author Chris Callaghan, as well an illustrated book cover of their story or illustrated character all created by the Shinoy illustrator Amit Tayal, plus goodie bags and trophies. To register, complete the online questionnaire  Send story submissions to collins.international@harpercollins.co.uk. Parental/guardian consent will be needed to accept the submission – there is a form available online to download. Familiarize yourself with the Shinoy books at the Big Cat Ebook Sample Site. For more, including terms and conditions, go here. And here is a creative writing webinar about how to inspire children to write for pleasure that you might find useful. Still have questions? EmailTom.cane@harpercollins.co.uk Flyer: CBC Writing Competition flyer 2021

December 31st 2021 – Call for submissions to The Caribbean Writer Volume 36 – theme: Disruption, Disguise, and Illuminations. Submissions eligible for one of several prizes. Submit via the online portal.

January 31st 2022 – William Saroyan International Prize for Writing – Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2020-2021 are eligible for consideration. Authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging. There is a US$50 non-refundable fee. Additional eligibility guidelines and entry details here.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is researched and written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; 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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2 responses 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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