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.


Ongoing – I’m going to mention two workshops out of Antigua and Barbuda. One is ongoing with more cycles planned and one is due in March. The one due to start in March is Intentional Self-publishing facilitated by Kimolisa Mings. You can register for one or all four sessions. Here. Meanwhile, the Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series of 2018 kicked off in January. These are craft sessions and the focus of this first cycle is Setting. The four initial sessions will run to the first week in February and the next cycle will begin later that month. There is an option to participate remotely if not resident in Antigua and Barbuda. Go Here and email to be put on the mailing list for future sessions. I opted to mention both of these workshops in this space  because I am periodically asked about local workshops – well, here are a couple (and, full disclosure, I am the founder and facilitator of the Jhohadli Writing Project); I don’t have registration deadlines for either, and in the case of Jhohadli it will be continuous, so I decided to list as ongoing.

January 31st 2018 – Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest – open to all writers who have not yet published a work of fiction. Bookmark this one here.

January 31st 2018 – the Iowa Review Awards – a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for a US$1500 main prize. Details here.

January 31st 2018 – International Radio Playwriting Competition. Writers around the world are invited to submit scripts. The global competition is hosted by BBC World Service and British Council in partnership with The Open University. New and established writers who do not live in the UK are welcome to apply. Applicants should submit a radio script of 53 minutes long on any subject.
•Prize: the two winners will win a trip to London and have their play broadcast on BBC World Service. A third winner will travel to London to be mentored by the BBC.
•Open to: entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2018 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
For more, go here.

February 2018 – This one I think will be of particular interest to writers and visual artists based in Barbuda, Dominica, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Anguilla, the BVI, Puerto Rico, and the USVI. It’s the Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artist Fund, open to both visual and literary artists on an ongoing basis (applicants will be reviewed each week) between November and February. The Fund offers refuge to any artist displaced by natural disaster, political turmoil, or threat. International artists or writers living outside the US have to be sponsored by an established partner organization working to connect eligible artists with opportunities for creative refuge. Visit here for more information.

February 28th 2018 – Wadadli Pen 2018 Flyer2018 WADADLI YOUTH PEN PRIZE SUBMISSION FORM Also, please contact us to contribute to the prize package; read more here.

March 1st 2018 – Hunger Mountain contest deadlines – the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, the Hunger Mountain Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. Check it out.

March 1st 2008 – the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City which celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally (US). The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2018, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers. Read more.

March 12th 2018 – the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation announces the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for novels (at least 50,000 words) published between January 2017 and April 2018; must have been published by a recognized trade publisher. Also accepting unpublished work – self-published works are eligible for this prize. Details of both here. the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation also announces the Author of Tomorrow Award for writers 21 years and younger for fiction between 1500 and 5000 words. Details of that here.

March 18th 2018 – Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest – The winner of the FDCC will receive $2000 and publication of the free, downloadable chapbook on Frontier. Also, the chapbook will also be distributed to tens of thousands of readers, influencers, editors, agents, and magazines through the Frontier newsletter. Read more.

March 31st 2018 – Moko is inviting Carnival-themed  short stories, poems, interviews, essays, reviews of books, art, photography, and other types of visual media for its next issue. Check them out.

April 30th 2018 – Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes. Read more.

May 1st 2018 – the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction. Open to any writer who has not published a book of fiction, for a fee. 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!, 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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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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