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 (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

Finally-Finally, Wadadli Pen welcomes interns and/or volunteers year round, read about what to expect here and the experience of a previous Wadadli Pen intern here. If interested, email wadadlipen@yahoo.com  I (author and Wadadli Pen Inc president Joanne C. Hillhouse) am also hoping to attract a new intern – read about my previous intern’s experience here. While a non-paying position, this is an opportunity for someone interested in a career in writing, journalism, research, or related field – ideally a college-age student seeking to get some experience and an informed reference – to shadow a working writer, assist with some assigned tasks while receiving mentorship. If interested, email antiguanwriter@gmail.com If interested in coaching and/or advising either the Wadadli Pen team or myself, we always have room to grow and are open to hearing about that as well – use either email address. To support the work of Wadadli Pen with your contributions, see our Patronage link.


Deadline unknown – 2024 awards period – Anthony N Sabga Award – Details and nominating form. here.

March 25th 2023 – the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival will host award winning writer Celeste Mohammed for a virtual workshop on how to write a winning short story. Fee is US$100 via paypal. register now.

March 31st 2023 – A Public Space Writing Fellowships – international applicants who have not yet published may apply. Details here.

Spring 2023 – Shenandoah opens for prose submissions. They tend to have a tight submission window so keep checking the site.

April 1st 2023 – the 2023 Hurston/Wright Crossover Award sponsored by ESPN Andscape honors probing, provocative, and original new voices in literary nonfiction. It aims to highlight an unconventional winner who writes across genres and can effectively crossover between writing styles and techniques. The winner of the award, which includes a cash prize, will be announced during the 21st Annual Legacy Awards Ceremony in October 2023. No submission fee but can’t have published a book in any genre. Details here.

April 3rd 2023 – Team Antigua Island Girls is looking for eight drawings (two per crew-member) to place on their oars for the Pacific Challenge. Submit a high-resolution drawing in PDF format to teamantiguaislandgirls@gmail.com no later than 5 pm on this date. Each local entry is EC$10 payable at Ken’s Club on Utility Drive, opening hours Mon-Sat 8:00am-5:00pm. Overseas entries are US$10 paid via Zelle Kevinia Francis 305 495-0222 or PayPal keviniafrancis@yahoo.com  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 4, 2023.


April 6th 2023 – Antigua and Barbuda art week schools competition – theme: culture in colour – age categories 5-12, 13- 17. Submit to the Antigua Barbuda Tourism Authority at the Sir John E St Luce building on Sir Sidney Walling Highway; no later than 6 p.m. Questions? Call: 562-7600.

April 10th 2023 – The Art House (TAH) and the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) have announced the return of its UK-based residency programme. It’s open to artists living and working in commonwealth (or former commonwealth) country, the US, EU and EEA countries or Switzerland who have not yet exhibited or worked in the UK. Expenses (travel, accommodation, studio etc.) covered. Details here.

April 12th 2023 –

The 2022 Caribbean Media Awards put on by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union – I reached out to them for the details, so I’m going to break it down. In general, entries must be original productions by the submitting entitities, and must have been published or broadcast between January 1st and December 31st 2022. The following awards are determined to the ones adjudgd most outstanding: 
-People’s Choice (print, radio, TV, or digital; determined by open polling)
-Production awards – radio and TV (documentary, magazine, drama, news, investigative report, comedy, entertainment programme)
-Special awards – radio and TV (commercial and public service spots)
-Theme awards – radio and digital (climate change docs, news item, investigative reports, and public service spots; coverage of health and nutrition food policy, and disaster risk reduction; advancement of media and information literacy; pandemic coverage)
-Theme awards – television (climate change docs, news item, investigative reports, and public service spots; coverage of health and nutrition food policy, and disaster risk reduction; advancement of media and information literacy; health education and financial literacy journalism)
-Theme awards – print (climate column/opinion, news items, investigative reports; coverage of health nutrition food policy and disaster risk reduction; advance of media and information literacy; and health education and financial literacy journalism)
-Content creation – open to CBU members only – (social media content creation,  videographer, producer – radio and TV, director – TV, and sound engineer – radio and TV)

Each entry can be submitted in only one category. Climate change and health and nutrition awards have country restrictions (see the full CMA rules CMA_Rules_Issued_Dec_16_2022). 

Additions are also expected to be made to the CBU Hall of Fame.

As indicated, each category except content creation (oddly) is open to both members and non-members but if you have to be a full or associate member in good financial standing in order to collect a cash prize (?). Re non-members, you must be a registered media entity, operating from and/or serving the Caribbean, and in compliance with all media and corporate regulations in the country from which you operate. Some possible hurdles there for independents/freelancers but if you think you have a strong piece, try to troubleshoot them.

Submit to info@caribroadcastunion.org. – subject line: “CBU 2022 Caribbean Media Awards Entry”. An entry form is required – when it is available, here it is CMA-2022-Entry-Form but check the CBU link for yourself just in case, also for alternative file upload or other submission options. ETA: launch video – 

April 14th 2023 – Narratively 2023 Profile Prize. Details here and Eligibility here. I see no indication that it is limited to US citizens and/or residents.

April 23rd 2023 – Deadline to apply for Hurston Wright Writers Week. Two virtual and two in person workshops have been advertised between June and July 2023. The venue is the Howard University campus and there is a US$35 application fee and US$500 tuition not including housing. Details here and apply here.

April 30th 2023 – Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest. Details here.

April 30th 2023 – Big Cat Writing Competition: Big Cat Writing Competition 2023 Flyer. This year the theme is ‘Celebrating Science’ – encouraging children to write what they love about science. The competition is open to schools worldwide. The maximum word count per story is 500 words and schools can enter two stories per age group (5-7 and 8-11 years). Schools can submit via the online form here. There is a downloadable ​Folder icon Creative Writing Activity Pack including a lesson plan for each age category, along with worksheets to help with the writing process and inspire students to write. A participation certificate is also available to download in the pack. The pack also includes a few recommended readers from the Big Cat programme around the theme of science across the different reading levels, these can be found here. Prizes up for grabs include a year’s access to the Big Cat ebook library for 1 of the key stages (depending on which age category they win), as well as the opportunity to have their story illustrated. Goodie bags and trophies will also be included. Here’s the link to the terms and conditions.

May 11th 2023 – Limp Wrist Glitter Bomb Award – annual poetry contest – no entry fee – open to anyone from the LGBTQIA community and their allies. Cash prize is US$600. Details here.

May 6th – 13th 2023 – “Get Published! A Workshop on the Publishing Industry and Your Place in It” – there is a fee. Details here.

June 30th 2023 – My Writing Journey writing competition. Details here.

July 1st 2023 – Danz Books Prize for Fiction and Danz Books Short Story Collection. Details here.

December 19th 2023 – Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Arts. Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply; the winner of the award will present their work at the virtual 46th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies which will take place in July of the following year. More 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/Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth,  With Grace, The Jungle Outside, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe; 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 Jhohadl. Thank you.


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3 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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