Opportunities Too

It 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 upcoming deadlines and fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. Fair warning, I’ll be going for some of these as well. More important still: I try to do research before posting and do so in good faith; still, I can’t vouch for all these. So remember do your own due dilligence; also read the submission and/or application guidelines carefully.


September 29th 2016 – Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story. The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2015.Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland. More here.

September 30th 2016 – the Iowa Short Fiction Award – Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. This is annual so if you miss this year make a note for next year. Read more.

October 1st 2016 – the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence – awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction from anywhere in the world. All submissions must be accompanied by a $15 PayPal donation. Read more

October 1st 2016 – Commentaries, an online biannual journal founded by the University of St. Martin, is ready for submissions for its second edition, which will be published in December of 2016. Commentaries publishes essays, poems, visual arts (including photography and film), music, book reviews, and interviews. Artists, writers, activists, academics, students, commentators, intellectuals, street performers, painters, photographers, videographers, musicians, and creatives are invited to submit a piece related to the theme “Multiculturalism and Belonging in the Caribbean/St. Maarten.” Guidelines: Limit of two submissions per person. Submit a photo, a bio, and a description about your submission(s). If your work is selected, you will be notified. Please email your submission(s) to: Eartha.Kruydenhof@usmonline.ne or deliver to the executive secretary’s office at USM (with the label Commentaries on your submission envelope). You may also mail to USM, 1 Soualiga Road, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean. Requirements: Works may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, or Papiamento; papers must be in MLA format (see word limit restrictions above); limit use of end notes; no foot notes; works must be previously unpublished; rights stay with artist; no paid submissions. For further questions, email the editor at pedro.deweever@gmail.com or send a Whatsapp message to +1 (721) 520-0495 For more information, see this.

October 5th 2016 – A Small Islands anthology. Details here or click here: call-for-submissions-small-island-anthology-2016-pdf-wx04b2y

October 31st 2016 – submission deadline for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Caribbean publishers and authors of literature for young adults (ages 12 – 18) can submit unpublished manuscripts, published books, or self-published books . $21,000 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded to 3 winning authors who will also be assured guaranteed purchase and distribution of their winning books to schools and libraries in the region. For more information, contact burtaward@bocaslitfest.com or call (868) 222-7099. Their mailing address is: Bocas Lit Fest, 38 Coblentz Avenue, Cascade, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Download: 2017 Burt Award For Caribbean Literature Guidelines and Submission Form

November 1st 2016 – Kenyon Review – accepting short fiction and essays up to 7,500 words; up to six poems; plays, up to 30 pages; excerpts up to 30 pages from larger works; translations of poetry and short prose. Read more here.

November 1st 2016 – Commonwealth short story prize for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English; regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Entry is free. Stories translated into English are also eligible. The international judging panel this year comprises Zukiswa Wanner (Africa); Mahesh Rao (Asia); Jacqueline Baker (Canada and Europe); Jacob Ross (Caribbean) and Vilsoni Hereniko (Pacific), and the chair is the novelist Kamila Shamsie. “One of the pleasures of short stories is the potential for encountering both breadth and concentrated depth of writing over the space of just a few stories. In the case of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the geographic range of the entrants, as well as the prize’s track record of attracting extraordinary writing, turns that potential into near-certainty.” Kamila Shamsie, Chair, 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Commonwealth Writers continues its partnership with Granta Magazine to give the overall and regional winners of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to have their story edited and published by Granta online. Entry form and eligibility guidelines here.

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. Read 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; 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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