Sunday, 6 October 2013

James White Award 2014, New Media Writing Prize 2013 and other writing competitions

Thanks to my fellow blogger Displacement Activity for the following writing competition information:

The annual James White Award is for previously unpublished science fiction stories of up to 6,000 words. Entrants should not be professional writers (there's a definition in the entry rules). Entries close 31st January 2014. The winning story will win £200 and be published in SF magazine Interzone. The competition website is full of useful additional information including full competition rules, advice for writers, and details on how to enter.

The organisers of this competition are looking for, as their website says " for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, documentary or poem using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling." 

The competition closing date is 25th November 2013. There's a £1,000 first prize, plus runners-up awards, and a prize for best student submission. You can find full details here, including examples of new media writing and advice from the organisers on what they are  (an are not) looking for. 

This competition is for the opening page (of up to 400 words) of a novel, accompanied by a short synopsis of the whole book. The first prize is for a fully-inclusive three day writing break with Space To Write in Dorset later this year. The closing date is 18th October 2013. More details? Here

Not quite a travel writing prize, the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize is for, as the competition organisers put it, "for the most acute and profound observation of a culture alien to the writer. Such a culture might be found as easily within the writer’s native country as outside it". Entries may be up to 3,000 words in length. The winner will have their work published in The Spectator's Christmas 2013 issue. There's a £2,000 first prize. The competition closes 25th October 2013. Full details may be found here 

The latest high-profile competition for first-time novelists comes from TV chat show hosts-turned-book promoters Richard and Judy Madeley, in association with WH Smith, publishing house Quercus and literary agency Furniss Lawton. 

Writers should submit between 10,000 and 20,000 words of their novel plus an outline of the rest by 1st January 2014. There's no restriction on genre, though entries should not be aimed at child readerships. The competition winner will receive £50,000 as part of a publishing deal. More details may be found here

Previously unpublished stories of up to 5,000 words are invited to be entered into this prestigious annual short story competition. There's no restriction on theme or genre. The closing date is 30th November 2013. There's a €3,000 first prize, to include €1,000 for travel to the launch of an anthology from entries in July 2014 in Cork, Ireland. More details may be found here

Previously unpublished stories of up to 10,000 words may be entered into this competition run by The Lascaux Review. There's a $500 first prize. The winner plus nineteen shortlisted stories will be anthologised. The competition closes 31st December 2013. Entrants are advised to familiarise themselves with the magazine beforehand. More details may be found here.    

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