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.
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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
Voices of Youth –
September 2017 (publication date, not the submission date) – Anansesem is accepting fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art on the theme of Love. Read more.
September 28th 2017 – The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is open to writers at all levels, internationally, has no entry fee, and comes with a 30,000 pound purse for the winner. It goes without saying that it’s very competitive. Here are the details.
September 29th 2017 – Antigua and Barbuda National Awards nominations. Details here: Call-for-2017-Nominations
September 30th 2017 – the Caterpillar Short Story Prize for Children – first prize is two week retreat at the Moth writers’ retreat in Ireland, publication in The Caterpillar, and 500 euros. There is a 12 euro per story entry fee. Enter here.
September 30th 2017 – Consequence is now accepting submissions for a special anniversary issue devoted to women who write about war. Paying market. Details here.
September 30th 2017 – Terras Guada Wineries invites designers from around the world to participate for 16,000 Euros in the 2017 Biennial Poster Design Francisco Mantecón Competition. Read details: PR – INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL POSTER DESIGN – FRANCISCO MANTECON COMPETITION 2017
October 6th 2017 (deadline for entry forms), November 3rd 2017 (deadline for submission of finished novels) – Man Booker International Prize for fiction translated into English. Titles eligible for submission must be published between May 1st 2017 and April 30th 2018. The winner’s prize purse is £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator. There will be a prize of £2,000 each of the shortlisted titles divided equally between the author and the translator. Read Details.
October 31st 2017 – Burt Award, now in its fifth year, recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CDN, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CDN each. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, more than 22,000 copies of winning books have made their way into the hands of Caribbean youth! Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the award. Eligible books and unpublished manuscripts may be submitted to the Bocas Lit Fest by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean. Unpublished manuscripts or previously self-published books may be submitted by authors directly to the Bocas Lit Fest. Books published between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017 and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by 31 October 2017. More information here.
November 1st 2017 – Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Free entry. Possible prize of £2,500 for regional winners and and £5,000 for the overall winner. Entries must be unpublished, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English, and submitted from some area of the Commonwealth. The five winning stories from the 2018 competition will be published online by Granta Magazine. For more.
November 14th 2017 – One Story’s last submission cycle for the year runs from September to this date. Check the details here.
November 1st 2017 – Reed will accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. There is a reading fee…but also the possibility of winning a prize. Read more.
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 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.
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