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Opportunities

A selection of competitions, submissions and other writing opportunities that may be of interest.

New Children's Literature Prize

An exciting new prize will launch at the end of November.

From November 30 submissions to The Paul Cave Prize for Children's Literature will open to writers and poets from around the world.

"Writing an engaging children's story that grips the reader is difficult," says one of the judges, Tim Saunders.

"It's a great opportunity for budding writers especially when getting noticed by a publisher is one of life's great challenges."

Entries close February 28, 2024.

There are three categories:

Best short story - 5,000 words or under

Best flash fiction - 300 words or under

Best poem - 30 lines or under

Winners will receive a cash prize and a copy of the book.

More information here

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Hammond House International Literary Prize

Enter this year's Hammond House International Literary Prize, theme 'Fate'

Submission deadline for entries is 30th September 2023.

Categories include: Short Story - Poetry - Scriptwriting - Songwriting

More information here

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Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2024

Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards programme for indie authors and independent publishers. Entry deadline: February 14, 2024.

Find out more about them and their Early Bird special on their website here

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Course in writing and illustrating picture books

Helen Docherty, a Swansea-based, internationally published children's author and author and illustrator Thomas Docherty, are running a residential course in Writing and Illustrating Picture Books on the Gower peninsula in South Wales in September.
Places are limited so early booking is encouraged.
More information here
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Paul Cave Prize for Literature - entries close 30.9.23.

The Paul Cave Prize for Literature is now officially open for entries.  All information about the prize and how to enter here
The prize is administered by Tim Saunders Publications
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Call for Entries: 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Calling all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2021, 2022 or 2023 or with a 2021, 2022 or 2023 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

Offering 80+ Categories - More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling over $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!  More information here

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2023 PAPATANGO NEW WRITING PRIZE

The 15th Papatango New Writing Prize is now open for entries!

The UK’s biggest annual playwriting opportunity guarantees feedback for all – an unrivalled investment in new writers everywhere. It awards its winner £7000, a full production & royalties in association with London’s Bush Theatre in spring 2024, and publication with Nick Hern Books. It also gives four shortlisted writers £500 each and a filmed reading, showcased worldwide on The Playwright’s Laboratory.

Free to enter, open to anyone in the UK/Ireland, and anonymously assessed, the Prize encapsulates Papatango’s motto: all you need is a story.  More info here

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