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.
May 26, 2017 – Essays for the November 2017 issue of the Journal of West Indian Literature on the topic “Trans-Media: Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Electronic Mass Media.” They invite papers that examine the intersection of Anglophone Caribbean literature with radio, television, and internet media platforms. How do text and electronic media shape each other? How do these intersecting media influence or change our understanding of literary performance? How do they impact concepts of author and audience, writer and reader? Essays should be original work not previously published and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, not including works cited and end notes. Please include a 100-150 word abstract with keywords, as well as a brief (50 word) bio as a separate document. Please submit essays to Glyne Griffith at: firstname.lastname@example.org Details here.
May 27th 2017 – Submit between 1500 and 3000 words to the Sapiens Plurum Earth Day Short Fiction Contest. Read more.
May 30th 2017 – Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark and speculative fiction in the Women Up To No Good book series, co-edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books. Read more.
May 31st 2017 – Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. Gladstone’s Library is unique. It is the only residential library in the United Kingdom. It provides a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals. Four places will be awarded to writers working in the English language. The proposed dates of the tenures are February, May, September and November 2018. Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply for Residency. Each residency includes: Accommodation in an ensuite room for a period of four consecutive weeks; All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and refreshments (telephone calls, alcoholic drinks, packaged snacks and formal Afternoon Tea are not included); Travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency (HMRC mileage allowance or standard bus/train fares within the UK); An honorarium of £100.00 per week. Each winning author must: Attend the official London prizewinning ceremony on Monday, 2nd October 2017; Participate, where possible, in any other publicity events held before or after their residency; Respond to media/press enquiries as appropriate and by prior agreement with the library’s warden, Peter Francis; Submit two blog posts to the Gladstone’s Library website; Lead a creative writing workshop to not more than twenty participants; Give an evening talk about any aspect of their writing and/or creative life; Abide by the normal terms and conditions for guests staying at Gladstone’s Library. Terms and Conditions: 1.Entrants must submit a one page CV/biography, a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider, a 250-word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’ and 250-words on the work that they plan to do at the Library as well as their proposal for an evening event and day masterclass. Submissions should be sent to Louisa Yates, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF. 2.Submissions must be written in English, and applicants should be able to communicate fluently in English. Prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, screenplays and drama are all eligible for submission. Submitted texts must have been published in the last three years. We accept manuscript submissions accompanied by evidence of a contract and publishing schedule. Academic monographs are not eligible for Writer-in-Residence and should be submitted to the Library’s scholarship programme. As well as standard publication routes, we accept e-published texts. We do not accept self-published authors of any kind. No correspondence can be entered into. Entry is free and limited to one entry per author. You cannot enter under a pseudonym. Winners will be notified by the end of September and invited to a launch event at the National Liberal Club on Monday, 2nd October 2017. Winners agree to take part in publicity activity and abide by Library rules during tenure. 3.Situated just six miles from Chester, Gladstone’s Library is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Ewart Gladstone. It is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials. For more information about the Library, please visit the Library’s website: http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org For more on the residency, visit: https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/writers-in-residence
May 31st 2017 – AGNI publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays. Read more.
May 31st 2017 – One Story is seeking literary fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words, any style and on any subject as long as they are leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Pays US$500. Read more.
May 31st 2017 – Grain Magazine, an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists, is open for submissions between September and May ONLY. Get in there. Details here.
June 1st 2017 – The University of Mississippi Press is seeking submissions for a Children’s and Young Adult Literature of the Caribbean and its Diaspora anthology aimed at exploring the history and current state of children’s literature and culture in the Caribbean and its diaspora. The editors invite scholars, teachers, creative writers, online journalists, and activists to consider how literature and the creative arts written or produced for young audiences contribute to the identity of the Caribbean and function as an integral part of its history, culture, and educational system. This anthology aims to foreground analyses of children’s literature and culture, educational curriculums, and island literary and cultural histories in addition to highlighting recent efforts to improve the availability of literature (including trade books, e-books, or other forms of literacy) for young audiences. Contributors are encouraged to explore the evolution of such literature, the content of literary curriculums for students and/or educators, and the current pressures that limit the publication and production of books and other materials for children and young adults. Especially welcome are interpretations of recently published books, films, or creative projects that target these populations. For more, visit here.
June 1st 2017 – Application deadline for the Hurston Wright Writers Week in Washington. Application details here.
June 5th 2017 – Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, are looking for submissions from writers whose heritage includes the experience of indentured labour. The anthology (title tbc) will include poetry, nonfiction and fiction and will be published in 2018 by the School of Advanced Study to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of indentured labour. Twenty of the 52 countries of the Commonwealth were affected by indentured labour migration in the twentieth century. The anthology will explore and be shaped by the legacy of indentured labour. All writers from the Commonwealth are eligible. Read more.
June 15th 2017 – This one is for teachers and librarians – the Key West Literary Seminar Teacher and Librarian Scholarships: TeacherLibrarians-flyer-2018
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June 15th 2017 – The Nigeria-based creative collective, called 14, is currently accepting submissions for both its August 2017 issue — which will explore, broadly, various aspects of LGBT sexuality—and its non-themed January 2018 issue—which will remember, for the second consecutive year, Nigeria’s signing, in January 2014, of a law criminalising same-sex relationships and punishing them by up to 14 years in prison. For the August issue, the editors at 14 are looking for poems, short stories, creative nonfiction/memoir pieces, tweets, and art works that are artistically homoerotic in nature or explore queer sexuality and the politics of the body. Although 14’s focus will be tilted heavily towards work by Nigerian artists, everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or nationality, is welcome to submit work. Read more.
June 15th 2017 – Fiction’s reading period is open between September 15 and June 15, and advising no more than 5,000 words (but will read manuscripts of any length) – per the title, they don’t publish poetry. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged but do advise them if one of the pieces is accepted elsewhere. Submit by online submission manager or snail mail (only) but queries re the status of submissions or to withdraw a submission can be sent to email@example.com They do not accept submissions by email. See other guidelines here.
June 30th 2017 – the Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell Memorial Lecture (Montserrat)– call for papers – theme “Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for National Development.” Details here: 2017 Symposium Call for Papers
June 1st 2017 – 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.
July 15th 2017 – Rattle Poetry Prize. Go here for guidelines and to submit.
July 30th 2017 – Broken Pencil Zine Awards – CDN200 prize to the winner. Find out how to submit your zine or make a nomination, here.
July 31st 2017 – The Foyle Young Poets Award is open to 11 to 17 year olds worldwide. Enter here.
August 19th – 23rd 2017 The deadline for submission of abstracts has passed but not the date for CARIFESTA. As I’ve written before, publicly, I have no idea how the Antigua and Barbuda delegation to CARIFESTA is selected or how, when, or if interested artists (much less writers) are given the opportunity to register their interest in participating, though we typically take a very large delegation. However, if you have the interest and the money to take yourself there, and it’s relatively close this time (with Barbados as the host country), there’ nothing stopping you. Here’s the link to the CARIFESTA website.
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 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
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