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.


Fall 2019 – PEN America Awards – yes, there are some for which you don’t need to be a citizen of nor resident in America – scroll to see.

August 30th 2019 – deadline of Pree’s current call for submissions – This fourth issue of PREE is all about engaging the persistent and emerging social, cultural, and political landscapes of genders and sexualities in the Caribbean. They specially invite people between ages 15 and 30 to submit writing but welcome people of all groups. PREE interprets ‘writing’ broadly to include creative non-fiction and fiction writers, poets, essayists, graphic novelists, scriptwriters, photographers, comic-strip creators, videographers, film-makers and digital and visual artists. Writers are also welcome to use a pseudonym or pen name. Read more here.

End of Summer (August 31st 2019) – Cushion Club Summer Read Challenge for younglings in Antigua and Barbuda resized summer read challenge 2019

September 9th 2019 – Harper Collins is seeking writers for its Collins Big Cat series September 2020 – I have put this as the date because it’s the date in the docs sent to me (and which they have given permission to share). From the note: “As the series is becoming very popular in the Caribbean and we don’t currently have very many books set in that area we would like these specific titles to be Caribbean themed in some way, without being at all stereotypical. We are looking for Caribbean topics, authors and illustrators to work on the project, most likely writing one book each.” Here are the docs: Collins Big Cat_Synopsis brief for authors_Big Cat Caribbean, Big Cat_KS1_Book Band descriptor grid, and Big Cat_KS2_Book Band descriptor grid You can also read about the Collins Big Cat series here. Here is their existing Caribbean catalogue just for reference. I am only the messenger; to query, contact Sarah Thomas (Sarah.Thomas@harpercollins.co.uk) or Elaine Higgleton (Elaine.Higgleton@HarperCollins.co.uk).

September 1st – 30th 2019 – Writer in Residence (George Bennett Fellowship) – The purpose of the George Bennett Fellowship is to provide time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer.  The stipend for the one-year Fellow is $15,570, plus housing and meals.  This position also offers medical and dental insurance, long-term disability coverage and access to an employee assistance program.  As Writer-in-Residence the person shall live in Exeter and, in return for stipend and housing, shall (besides carrying out his or her own literary projects) make his or her self and talents available in an informal and unofficial way to students interested in writing and, more specifically, to students in English classes and to members of student literary organizations. The fellow is not considered a member of the faculty. The Academy house provided will not contain students. The nature and extent of the writer’s involvement with Academy purposes and with Academy students are to be determined more by the writer’s own interest and good will than by Academy demand. During the tenure of the Fellowship the writer shall not have any other full- or part-time job, and cannot be actively enrolled in a degree program in any college or graduate school. Must be eligible to work in the US. US$15 application fee. More here.

September 30th 2019 – Interviewing the Caribbean – Winter 2019. Seeking poems, stories, creative non-fiction, and visual art that celebrate Caribbean life. Caribbean artists at home and in the diaspora are invited to submit. Theme – Caribbean children’s literature/The Future of Caribbean children. Details here: IC call for entries

September 30th 2019 – International Biennial Poster Design Competition Terras Gauda Francisco Mantecon Competition 2019. More here.

September 30th 2019 – Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. US$2,000 for a poem in any style or genre; US$2,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. US$12 per poem submission fee. Details here.

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September 3rd – November 14th 2019 – One Story is seeking literary fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Pay, if selected, is US$500 and 25 contributor copies. Read more.

October 2019 – April 2020 – Open for fiction and non-fiction – US$2,000 prize to the winner in  each category. 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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