The original Opportunities page is here. 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 upcoming deadlines and fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. Fair warning, I’ll be going for some of these as well.
September 2015 – In late September 2015, the International Writing Program will open its fourth creative writing MOOC, How Writers Write Fiction 2015. This MOOC will offer an opportunity for the interactive study and practice of writing fiction. This course has been designed to welcome both beginning and experienced writers; video classes, writing assignments, and discussions will engage and challenge writers at all levels. How Writers Write Fiction 2015 will be taught by Christopher Merrill, IWP Director and University of Iowa Professor of English, and Angela Flournoy, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Turner House. This MOOC is freely available to everyone in the world; there is no cost to register. – Read more.
October 2015 – submissions open for the BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition. No reason you can’t start writing now. Details here.
October 15th 2015 – Brown Foundation Fellows Program offers residencies of one to three months to mid-career writers, poets and artists at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. Residents are provided with travel expenses, lodging, work space, and a daily stipend. Fellowships take place between 1 February and 30 June 2015. Details.
October 15th 2015 – Ayanna Lloyd and Colin Robinson and visual culture scholar Marsha Pearce appear as guest editors for MOKO’s special issue “Firing the Canon” which raises questions re gatekeeping the Caribbean canon – “Who polices the canon? Who gets recognised and even who is Caribbean enough? The guest editors are prompted by these concerns. They ask: Who’s left out? Who’s in?” Moko invites visual artists who have had a gallery exhibition, or writers who have had a book published by an established press, or writers and artists who have won significant awards to introduce us to an emerging visual artist or writer who has yet to publish a book or have a gallery exhibition. All work must be submitted with the writer or artist’s permission and must adhere to Moko’s regular submission guidelines. Work may have been encountered in open mic sessions, workshops, teaching, festivals, studio visits or open crits. A 100-200 word testimonial written by the nominator – detailing where the work was encountered, the nominator’s knowledge of the writer or artist and what aspects of the work moved the nominator – must accompany each submission. So that if for instance, you feel moved to nominate one of our past Wadadli Pen finalists, here’s where you’d go to do it before October 15th 2015.
October 15th 2015 – Rrofihe trophy up for grabs by the author of a short story (between 3500 and 5000 words) – winner receives the trophy, US$500 cash, and announcement and publication in anderbo.com More details.
October 16th 2015 –
October 19th 2015 -The annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize worth £5,000 (approximately US$7,750) to the writer of the winning poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately US$1,550) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website and an invitation to give a reading in London in December.Poems should be no longer than 45 lines long and there is an $8 entry fee per poem. More details here.
October 23rd 2015 – MBS invites submissions to its 2016 calendar art competition – themed: What does living healthy mean to you? – open to 6 and under to 18 and over – any hand rendering technique can be used – original 8.5 x 11 – art work to the MBS office on Nevis Street with name, age, and school – call or email with question – 481-6200/6413/6320 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24th 2015 – This year marks the 4th anniversary of FOAPL-NY, Inc’s Story & Visual Arts Competition. The competition is open to Antiguan and Barbudan students enrolled in Forms 1 through 4. See PDF (SSC09-pdffiller) for details (any problems email email@example.com)
October 31st 2015 – I have been both a finalist and a judge of the Burt Award for Teen/Young Adult Caribbean Literature and vouch for this as one of the best paths to publications for writers in this genre. This link takes you to submission information and this one to some tips from the judges room for future winners.
October 31st 2015 – Casa de las Americas – Open to Caribbean literature published between 2012 and 2015, as well as unpublished works. Send two copies with cover letter to House of the Americas (3rd and G, El Vedado, La Habana 10400, Cuba), or any of the embassies of Cuba. No more than 500 pages. No author may send more than one book by genre; nor a work in process of being printed (I think that’s what it’s saying…it may mean that the book should be free and clear of any other publishing agreements) nor which has obtained some national or international award. Works should be signed by the authors who should indicate in which category they wish to contend (categories seem to include novel, poetry, novels for young readers and I’m not sure what else). Prize is 3000 dollars or its equivalent in the currency of the winner (I think) and publication of the work by the Casa de Las Américas. They reserve the right to publish the first edition of the award winning works (this I’m finding a bit confusing since the thing says previously published works are eligible. I’d actually like some clarification on this for anyone reading this who is familiar with the process especially since they make clear anything in breach of the criteria will be ineligible). That’s my muddling of the Spanish; if you’re better versed, please read and translate.
September 1st 2015 to November 1st 2015 – 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Details here.
November 1st 2015 – deadline for the 2016 Brown Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop call for applications. Facilitators will be Gregory Pardlo, Vievee Francis, Jacinda Townsend, and Ravi Howard (who with Maaza Mengiste were my facilitators when I participated in this stimulating and illuminating workshop – emphasis on the work – in 2012). To apply you need to submit a letter and a writing sample. For more on this year’s application process, go here.
November 6th 2015 – Iceland Writers Retreat is offering one talented writer plane tickets to Iceland and a free delegate’s ticket to its April program. Read more.
November 7th 2015 –
November 9th 2015 & January 8th 2016 – 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is now open for entries – Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. The prize includes an award of US$10,000 for the overall winner, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The other category winners receive a cash award of US$3,000. To be eligible for the 2016 Prize, a book must be published in the calendar year 2015, and written by an author born in the Caribbean or holding Caribbean citizenship. Books must also be originally written in English. The submission deadlines for the 2016 Prize are 9 November, 2015 (for books published up to 31 October, 2015), and 8 January, 2016 (for books published between 1 November and 31 December, 2015). Download the full submission guidelines and entry form online. For further information about the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Poet Vladimir Lucien, overall winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, receives his prize from judge Laurence Breiner at the Award Ceremony during the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in May 2015.
Mailing address is:
The Bocas Lit Fest
38 Coblentz Avenue
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago
November 10th 2015 – Details re A & B’s annual Christmas Card competition (now under new management but still challenging children to create) can be found here.
November 15th 2015 –
August 1st 2015 to December 1st 2015 – Fifth Wednesday Journal accepts electronic submissions in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and black-and-white photography. All submissions to Fifth Wednesday Journal must be original, unpublished work in English. No pay but there is a literary prize. Details here.
December 1st 2015 – The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, is now accepting applications for 2016. The year-long course of instruction—accomplished mostly in distance learning format—was developed by author and Children’s Literature Conference Director Emma Walton Hamilton, MFA in Creative Writing Director Julie Sheehan and YA author/faculty member Patricia McCormick to offer aspiring children’s and young adult authors a more affordable and flexible option than matriculation in a two- or three-year MFA program. During their year, each Fellow completes either one publishable YA or middle grade manuscript, or, for chapter and picture book writers, three to four separate manuscripts. “There are very few programs like this out there for aspiring children’s literature authors,” says Walton Hamilton. “But children’s literature and YA are among the strongest and fastest growing sectors of the publishing industry right now, so this is valuable for writers on a number of levels. And thanks to the program’s distance learning format, aspiring authors from all over the world are able to take advantage of what it offers. We have participants in California, Arizona, Texas, Philadelphia, Florida—even Australia.” Apply.
December 18th 2015 – Do you write children’s fiction? Have a manuscript squirrelled away somewhere? This might be the contest for you. The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open for entries. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$15,6000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent. To enter this competition you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts do not exceed 80,000 words in length. This is the 2014 winner and here are the entry details (note: there is an entry fee).
December 31st 2015 -The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective. Besides the usual poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and one act plays in the 30th Anniversary edition; Volume 30 will highlight the theme: Journeys and Pathways. TCW invites writers to explore this theme in the context of their unique personal, cultural, national or collective Caribbean memory. Other details here. Also seeking art work.
I can’t find a deadline more specific for this one than before the end of 2015 – this is targeted at book lovers – writers can’t nominate themselves – and specific to books published in 2015 – books in the young adult genre as this is on the site of the Young Adult Library Association. It’s the Michael L. Printz Award and what you’re asked to do if there’s a book in the genre that you liked is to submit it for nomination consideration. It’s a short form, five minutes top. Find it here.
January 5th 2016 – The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place. The residency begins July 1 and ends August 15, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The recipient will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College. There are no other specific obligations. The residency offers space and time for significant poetic work. Go here for more.
January 2016 – you have to be resident in the US to access this one but it was too good of an opportunity not to post; plus there are many of us Caribbean writers in the US. Right? It’s the Graywolf Press Non Fiction Prize. Check it out.
January 24th 2016 – the James White Award – for stories 6000 words or fewer by non-professional writers (because it’s aim is to discover and highlight new writers) – stories must be in the science fiction genre. Read more.
July 16th 2016 October 16 2015 to April 15 2016 – TriQuarterly welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short drama, video essays, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. They also welcome short-short prose pieces. They ask that poets submit no more than six poems between per cycle, and that prose authors limit their total submission to fewer than 3,500 words. They are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964. TriQuarterly pays honoraria for creative work and publishes two issues a year. Read more.
March 1st 2016 – Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria (June 9th to 13th 2016) – Details here.
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