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 and a brief 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. 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.
November 22nd 2021 – Boynes Emerging Artist Award. Details here.
November 27th 2021 – Bocas Lit Fest Workshops. workshops-guide-june-november-2021 & Also find out how (and why) to become a Friend of Bocas. Thanks to Bocas for being a 2021 Wadadli Pen Patron, providing access to some of our finalists to the workshops and, to our winner, the Friend of Bocas benefits.
November 30th 2021 – Anita McAndrews Poets for Human Rights contest – US$250 main prize. Details here.
November 30th 2021 – Renee Duke Youth Award poetry contest – US$200 main prize. Details here.
December 2nd 2021 – Thin Air Magazine’s second annual Bird in Your Hands Prize – centering and celebrating BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) voices. There’s a US$1000 prize and honorariums for the runners up, with no entry fee. Poetry, non-fiction, and fiction up to 500 words welcomed. Details here.
December 3rd 2021 – Commonwealth Scholarship – deadline for applications being submitted through the Ministry of Education in Antigua and Barbuda. Scholarships are tenable in the United Kingdom from September/October 2022.
December 5th 2021 – The Commonwealth Foundation is calling for submissions for an edition that engages with the Commonwealth Charter on Freedom of Expression. Poetry, literary non-fiction, short fiction, and graphic fiction welcomed. Details here.
December 6th 2021 – the new Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowship for early career Caribbean-based writers of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and poetry. To be eligible, you must be of Caribbean birth or citizenship, and living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean and writing in English; be over the age of 18 by December 6th 2021; not have previously published a booklength work. Two fellows will receive TT$10,000, six months’ mentorship from an established author, publication of a chapbook with an excerpt from the writers’ work in progress, and participation in an intensive online writing course hosted by Arvon (UK). The one time fellowships are sponsored by Canada-based Caribbean writers Dionne Brand and Canisia Lubrin, as well as Christina Sharpe and Allyson Holder. More here.
December 31st 2021 –
The University of the West Indies is offering the kind of fellowship I wish was available when I was an 18 to 25 year old aspiring writer. I encourage any one in this age group to pursue it. All you have to do is submit an unpublished and original work, fiction or non-fiction, 1500-2500 words, in Spanish, French, or English (unusual for regional prizes of this type), and potentially win US$1000 plus a publishing contract. Submit here.
December 31st 2021 – Call for submissions to The Caribbean Writer Volume 36 – theme: Disruption, Disguise, and Illuminations. Submissions eligible for one of several prizes. Submit via the online portal. Also seeking art work to grace the cover and interior sections. Those interested in having their artwork considered for use by TCW should submit electronic files in vertical format as png or jpeg files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The journal also accepts black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.). Graphic poetry or narratives are not solicited or accepted. More details here.
January 15th 2022 –
Unstitching silence: Fiction and poetry by Caribbean writers on gender-based violence is a planned Peekash Press 2023 publication. Presented by the WHO and the UN as a global public health crisis, gender-based violence (GBV) is particularly pervasive in Anglophone Caribbean countries, which have some of the highest rates of reported rape and femicide in the world. Homophobic and transphobic violence is also an urgent human rights issue in the region. GBV can be understood as any form of violence and abuse – physical, psychological or emotional – which is rooted in gender norms and power dynamics. It can be inflicted on women, girls, boys and men in a variety of contexts. This call for submissions, cognizant of the vital work already undertaken in the region and its diaspora on GBV, seeks contributions to a fiction and poetry anthology focusing on the roots, repercussions and systemic truths of GBV as they affect a plurality of Caribbean citizens. This anthology seeks to extend ongoing conversations around GBV in the region, offering a platform for new and emerging writers who have something to say on this issue. The anthology will ask: How can stories of GBV be told with both sensitivity and candour, in ways that impact meaningfully on those who encounter them in fiction and poetry? How might the sharing of stories empower victims and survivors of GBV? What are the connections between creative narratives that centre GBV, and the development of policies and activities aimed at reducing GBV? And are definitions of GBV shifting, alongside evolving attitudes to gender and sexuality in the region? Poetry submissions should be 3-5 poems not exceeding 15 pages. Fiction submissions should be minimum 2,500 words and maximum 7000 words. Please send your submission to GBVanthology@gmail.com Submissions accepted for publication will participate in a virtual masterclass run by Shivanee Ramlochan (the anthology co-editor) which will take place in May 2022, hosted by Bocas Lit Fest. Submissions need to be by authors who either hold Caribbean citizenship or were born in the Caribbean. Submissions must have been written in English originally; translations are not eligible. Submissions should be previously unpublished. Contributors to the anthology will receive a fee of £250.
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.
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 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.
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