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. You can also find relevant information for writers and artists on the Resources page.

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.

Finally, if you’re looking for writing and publishing related services, here’s a link re my services, my workshops, and a breakdown of some of these services available from me and others in Antigua and Barbuda.


December 6th 2019 – Halo School Christmas Card Competition 590.jpgthe Halo School Christmas Card Competition – ‘Caribbean Christmas’ themed – one entry per person – categories 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18 – winners in each category will receive $250 plus in art supplies plus additional cash prizes – applicants must be based in Antigua and Barbuda – submissions should have child’s name, school name, email address, telephone number, and age of entrant on the back of the entry – art work should be addressed to Christmas Card Competition, The Halo Foundation Inc., c/o Government House, Independence Avenue, St. John’s, Antigua – No late entries – the winning entries will be reproduced as Christmas Cards and may be printed for use as greeting card by the Halo Foundation, Inc. for the organization’s own distribution – for more information, contact the Halo Foundation via Government House on Independence Avenue or by emailing contact@foundationhalo.org

December 13th 2019 -The Hurston/Wright Foundation is accepting submissions for the 2020 Legacy Awards for debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The prize honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national (US) award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. Legacy Award honorees are selected in a juried competition and celebrated at a ceremony each October. Books must have been published in the United States; can also be the U.S. editions of foreign books. More here.

December 22nd 2019 – The Collins Big Cat Writing Competition is a global writing challenge to encourage children to write creatively and read more broadly. Closely linked to Harper Collins’ whole-school reading programme, it’s promoted as a great way to spark a lifelong love for literature in primary school pupils. This year’s theme is ‘Our World, Our Home: Be a Big Cat Eco-warrior’, in response to the growing importance of the environment on our daily lives. Both fiction and non-fiction entries, on a wide range of topics relating to the environment and Planet Earth, are welcomed. The competition is split into regions and divided by age category (ages 5-7; 8-11). All entries must be submitted with parental/guardian permission. Read more.

December 24th 2019 – an opportunity to give – Clare Hall Secondary School is having a Christmas book drive to promote the love of reading by giving at least 60 students a new book for the new year. Make a donation at the school or purchase a book at the Best of Books on the school’s behalf. Call 462-3487.

December 31st 2019 – Storyknife Writers Retreat – Application info here.

December 31st 2019 – Womanspeak Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women is seeking poetry, short fiction, personal essays, new (and newly told) fairy tales, art and photography. Poets may submit up to six poems. Fiction, fairytale and essay writers may submit pieces that are up to 3000 words. Submit inside the body of the email to womanspeaksubmissions@gmail.com. Artists may submit up to six pieces that are 300 dpi jpg from the camera, minimum size, 1500 x 2100 pixels or 5”x7”. Art that might be considered for the cover must be at least 2100 x 3000 pixels or 7” x 10”. Submit in an attachment.

January 9th 2019 – Call for Grant applications from the Commonwealth Foundation. Must be a registered non-profit. Details here.

January 15th 2020 – Palette Poetry Spotlight. Details here.

January 31st 2020 – Hurston Wright Award for College Writers. Details here.

January 31st 2020 – BBC World Service and the British Council’s International Playwriting Competition – details here.

January 31st 2020 – Adda Open Call for New Writing on Climate Change. Details here.

February 15th 2020 – the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry – to be awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living poet who is not a US citizen (green card holders welcome). Can be in English or in Translation and may have been published anywhere in the world. Prize includes a US$1,000 cash award, a reading at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre, publication of a limited edition, and a weeklong residency in either Derek Walcott’s home in St. Lucia or in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Publishers are invited to submit books published between January 1st and December 31st 2019. Submissions must include two copies of the book and a US$20 submission fee. Read more: Derek Walcott Prize

February 2020 – The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award valued at 20,000 pounds will be granted to someone typically resident in Africa with an interest in African literature at the MA level – go here for other details.

February 2020 – the Myriad First Graphic Novel competition – open to all cartoonists, and/or writers and artists working as a team – for a graphic novel in progress. The winner will have the opportunity to develop their novel in progress with Myriad’s creative and editorial team with a view to being offered a contract and publication. Details here.

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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