It 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.
March 31st 2017 – Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce an anthology, a collection of ten stories or essays written by the best emerging authors. The aim is to showcase ten writers who the judge/s believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. The prize is US$5,000 and the judge is Roxanne Gay. Submit fiction and narrative non fiction, max 8,000 words, previously unpublished. International authors welcomed but they should not have a published novel at the time of submission (self-published authors and writers with published story collections are free to submit. Authors with a contract for a novel are also free to submit.). There is a US$20 reading fee per story. Read more.
March 31st 2017 – Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award – eligible books in the categories of fiction, poetry, and drama to vie for a US$5,000 prize each. Antigua-based play, Lady of Parham, written by David Edgecombe and published by Caribbean Reads Publishing was a finalist in 2015. – details here: Caribbean-awards-press-release-2016 Submissions for the prize for nationals is also eligible at this time. Details here: Guyana-prize-press-release-2016
April 1st 2017 – Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest – no entry fee; a US$1,000 first prize and US$250 second prize, with US$100 for each honourable mention. Antiguan and Barbudan Hazra Medica was a finalist in 2010. Details here.
April 6th 2017 – Antigua Sailing Week School Art Competition, themed ‘How has Antigua Sailing Week broadened our Horizons?’ Competitors from 5 -18 years of age will compete in three age groups, as well as for a People’s Choice Award voted for on the LIAT School Art Competition Facebook page. See also: 2017 LIAT SCHOOLS ART COMPETITION PRESS RELEASE
May 1st 2017 – The Conium Review 2017 Innovative Short Fiction Contest – The winning author will receive US$500, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. The 2017 contest judge is Stephen Graham Jones – author of over twenty books, including Mongrels (William Morrow, 2016), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Dark House Press, 2014), The Last Final Girl (Lazy Fascist Press, 2012), and Demon Theory (MacAdam/Cage, 2006). There is a US$15 entry fee. Click here to submit.
May 3rd 2017 – The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. There is no geographical restriction on entry. Entries can be made online or by post. All entries must be in English. Online entries should be submitted via the online entry facility, usually in Word document, pdf or equivalent. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements – font type, font size, line spacing etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate. Send postal entry/entries to: Bristol Short Story Prize, Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road Bristol BS4 3EH
May 15th 2017 – Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival – The call for submission is now open for filmmakers wishing to have their films screened at the twelfth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival, 2017 (ttff/17). The Festival takes place from 19 – 26 September 2017. They’re looking for films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora. Up for grabs are Jury and People’s Choice Awards + opportunities for distribution and exposure.Vanishing Sail by Antiguan and Barbudan resident Alexis Andrews won the People’s Choice Award for Documentary in 2015. See here for more details.
May 20th 2017 – Call for papers – The 12th Annual Conference on Antigua and Barbuda organized by the University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda (UWI) and the Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association (ABSA). This year’s theme is “Journeys in Antiguan/Caribbean Thought and Development”, and that keynote speaker will be the distinguished Jamaican philosopher Lewis Gordon. See details: 2017 A&B Conference
May 30th 2017 – Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark and speculative fiction in the Women Up To No Good book series, co-edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books. Read more.
May 31st 2017 – Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. Gladstone’s Library is unique. It is the only residential library in the United Kingdom. It provides a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals. Four places will be awarded to writers working in the English language. The proposed dates of the tenures are February, May, September and November 2018. Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply for Residency. Each residency includes: Accommodation in an ensuite room for a period of four consecutive weeks; All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and refreshments (telephone calls, alcoholic drinks, packaged snacks and formal Afternoon Tea are not included); Travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency (HMRC mileage allowance or standard bus/train fares within the UK); An honorarium of £100.00 per week. Each winning author must: Attend the official London prizewinning ceremony on Monday, 2nd October 2017; Participate, where possible, in any other publicity events held before or after their residency; Respond to media/press enquiries as appropriate and by prior agreement with the library’s warden, Peter Francis; Submit two blog posts to the Gladstone’s Library website; Lead a creative writing workshop to not more than twenty participants; Give an evening talk about any aspect of their writing and/or creative life; Abide by the normal terms and conditions for guests staying at Gladstone’s Library. Terms and Conditions: 1.Entrants must submit a one page CV/biography, a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider, a 250-word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’ and 250-words on the work that they plan to do at the Library as well as their proposal for an evening event and day masterclass. Submissions should be sent to Louisa Yates, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF. 2.Submissions must be written in English, and applicants should be able to communicate fluently in English. Prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, screenplays and drama are all eligible for submission. Submitted texts must have been published in the last three years. We accept manuscript submissions accompanied by evidence of a contract and publishing schedule. Academic monographs are not eligible for Writer-in-Residence and should be submitted to the Library’s scholarship programme. As well as standard publication routes, we accept e-published texts. We do not accept self-published authors of any kind. No correspondence can be entered into. Entry is free and limited to one entry per author. You cannot enter under a pseudonym. Winners will be notified by the end of September and invited to a launch event at the National Liberal Club on Monday, 2nd October 2017. Winners agree to take part in publicity activity and abide by Library rules during tenure. 3.Situated just six miles from Chester, Gladstone’s Library is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Ewart Gladstone. It is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials. For more information about the Library, please visit the Library’s website: http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org For more on the residency, visit: https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/writers-in-residence
May 31st 2017 – AGNI publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays. Read more.
May 31st 2017 – One Story is seeking literary fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words, any style and on any subject as long as they are leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Pays US$500. Read more.
May 31st 2017 – Grain Magazine, an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists, is open for submissions between September and May ONLY. Get in there. Details here.
June 1st 2017 – Application deadline for the Hurston Wright Writers Week in Washington. Application details here.
June 15th 2017 – Fiction’s reading period is open between September 15 and June 15, and advising no more than 5,000 words (but will read manuscripts of any length) – per the title, they don’t publish poetry. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged but do advise them if one of the pieces is accepted elsewhere. Submit by online submission manager or snail mail (only) but queries re the status of submissions or to withdraw a submission can be sent to email@example.com They do not accept submissions by email. See other guidelines here.
June 30th 2017 – the Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell Memorial Lecture (Montserrat)– call for papers – theme “Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for National Development.” Details here: 2017 Symposium Call for Papers
June 1st 2017 – November 1st 2017 – Reed will accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. There is a reading fee…but also the possibility of winning a prize. Read more.
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