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


June 30th 2022 – The Bocas Lit Fest Bocas Storytime book bundle giveaway – to participate subscribe to the Bocas Storytime YouTube channel, like each of the bundled books on instagram, comment which of the channel’s videos you like best and tag friend. Ooops, open to residents of Trinidad and Tobago only.

June 30th 2022 – wasafiri

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. 

July 1st 2022 – This is the date for the next Jhohadli Writing Project workshop. Register at least a week in advance. 

July 1st 2022 – The 2022 Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Short Fiction Story Contest has been announced. There is no theme. A US$1750 cash prize is attached, plus a bespoke trophy from Safa Iman woodworks, a recording on the BCLF Cocoa Pod podcast, books courtesy of Akashic Books, circulation of story in several partner literary magazines and publications, press opportunities, and BCLF merch. The contest has two streams with Katia D. Ulysses and Ifeona Fulani juding the prize for Caribbean-American Writer’s and Tanya Batson-Savage and Ayesha Gibson judging the prize for Writers in the Caribbean. Details here.

July 1st 2022 – The V. S. Pritchett Prize was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s mastery of narrative. The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review.

July 7th 2022 – submission date for the July sessions of Barbara A. Arrindell’s Teen Summer Writing Camp. 

Teen Workshop 2022

July 15th 2022 – Orion Magazine’s submission window is July 1st – 15th. The theme is the ecology of fairytales. Details here.

July 17th 2022 – The Royal Society of Literature is inviting submission of recommendations for the RSL Open. The programme celebrates the excellence of writers from communities that have been under-represented in UK literary culture. RSL Open was launched in 2020 to celebrate the great diversity of outstanding writers and writing in Britain by electing 60 Fellows over the following two years. All recommendations can be made online. Full eligibility criteria and guidelines are available here.

August 31st 2022 – The annual Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize is back, with the support of the Wainwright Family. Now in its second year, the $1000 US prize addresses the paucity of narrative-led books in our region for children aged 7 to 12. The Prize seeks to recognise and celebrate excellent writing and intriguing storytelling that can capture young imaginations through words, and help establish a lifelong love and habit of reading at the critical ages when children become independent readers. Details here.

October 25th – 5-7-5 Poetry Contest. $100 prize. Plus all writers will receive feedback. Details here.

December 31st 2022 – The theme for volume 37 of The Caribbean Writer is Carrying: Reflection, Recognition and Repair. Submit works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, or one-act plays. 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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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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