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 (deadline date, links, and a brief only because it’s not usual nor practical to post all the details here, also for crediting purposes). This is just a heads up; the rest is up to you. Fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. So, check back. 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 am a working writer. 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 every link. 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 (including writing, editing, and one-on-one writing, communication, and literature coaching and tutoring), 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.
Also ongoing are workshops by Wadadli Pen Team Member Barbara A. Arrindell.
January 31st 2022 – The Hurston Wright College and Crossover Awards: CC 2022 Flyer (1) The former is for full-time students and the latter for writers at the very beginning of their non-fiction writing careers. Both come with cash prizes and development opportunities.
January 31st 2022 – ABS TV/Radio has put out a call for a deputy director – news and current affairs, senior news reporter and producer, and news reporter. Via the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.
January 31st 2022 – William Saroyan International Prize for Writing – Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2020-2021 are eligible for consideration. Authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging. There is a US$50 non-refundable fee. Additional eligibility guidelines and entry details here.
January 31st 2022 – The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest – open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Details here.
February 10th 2022 – Workshop: The Source of a Book –
March 31st 2022 – Island Voices Caribbean Contemporary Classics Short Story Prize – a new writing competition from Hatchette UK and Hodder Education that aims to discover and showcase unpublished writers from the Caribbean or of Caribbean descent. The winning shortlist will be published in an anthology and the overall will receive a 1000 pound cash prize. To enter, submit a story of any topic, genre, style between 2,000-5,000 words, and an introduction to your writing. Email submission to firstname.lastname@example.org – read more here.
April 29th 2022 – Deadline to recommend writers for the Royal Society of Literature’s International Writers Programme, which is supported by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society and the International Authors Forum. The RSL, founded in 1820, is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. Nominate writers for the International Writers Programme who are not resident in, nor citizens of, the United Kingdom, have published two outstanding works of literary merit (written or translated in to English). Twelve writers will be selected. Make your nominations here.
April 30th 2022 – Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest – US$3,000 first prize for winning fiction and essay. Details here.
April 30th 2022 – Big Cat Writing Competition ‘What does Home Mean to You?’ to allow children to describe where they live and how things have evolved for them. Details here.
June 30th 2022 –
The 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open for submissions from 19 January until 30 June 2022, closing at 5pm BST. You can read the full Terms and Conditions and enter the prize here. Exceptionally international in scope, the prize supports writers who have not yet published book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. The winners of each category will receiveed a £1,000 cash prize, and publication and will be published in Wasafiri magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s websitewasafiri.org. All fifteen shortlistees and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression. Every writer recognised by the prize, running since 2009, remains part of the Wasafiri community, and is supported by the magazine as their career grows. Past winners and shortlistees have gone on to score deals with major international publishing houses such as Verso, Peepal Tree Press, and HarperCollins India, and to be shortlisted for and win prizes including the T S Eliot, Ambit Short Fiction, and Bocas Poetry Prize, among very many others. This year, the prize will be chaired by literary leading light Marina Salandy-Brown. Marina will be joined by a truly remarkable panel of multi-award-winning poets and authors. Mary Jean Chan, judging poetry, remarks that ‘the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize has always caught my attention for its focus on discovering, supporting and mentoring emerging talent across multiple genres’.’ Judging Fiction, Preti Taneja will be looking for work that ‘feels fully arrived in terms of its thematic ambition, its use of language and its confidence in its own voice’.‘ And finally, Francesca Wade, on judging Life Writing, says that ‘Wasafiri has long been a brilliant home for innovative work –— I’m excited to read pieces that explore – and interrogate – the myriad possibilities of life-writing today’.’ Read the terms and conditions and enter the prize here.
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