Writing Competitions & Opportunities – March 2019

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Hark, what spring-like sunshine through yonder window breaks? Quick, before the climate apocalypse descends, write something worth publishing and send it out into the world!

Join us in our #Submit2019 challenge and beat your own personal best for story subs this year. Or just pick your favourite from the huuuuuge list of writing competitions, contests, grants, residencies and opportunities below. What’s the worst that could happen? Rejection is nothing to be afraid of, so get your work out there…

Airlie Prize

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit: 
48 to 90 pages of original poetry in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication of a collection
Entry Fee: $25
Notes: The winner will be notified in the fall following the submission and will receive a $1000 cash award upon publication of the book in October of the next year. A custom bookmark or postcard will accompany the initial print run of at least 500 copies.

More details and submissions info HERE

At Sea Writers’ Residency

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit:
A 10-page scene or extract – ideally from the play you plan to work on while in Margate + a brief synopsis/outline
Prize: A week’s stay at a seafront flat in Margate + £250 bursary + £50 travel expenses
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: The next At Sea residency will run from 13-21 April 2019 and is open to playwrights.

More details and submissions info HERE

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Short Story Competition

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit: 
1,500-1,800 words
Prize: 1st prize: £100, 2nd prize: £50, 3rd prize: £30
Entry Fee: £5 for one entry, £7.50 for two

More details and submissions info HERE

Bryan Macmahon Short Story Award

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit: 
3,000 words
Prize: €2,000
Entry Fee: €10 + €3 booking fee if submitting online

More details and submissions info HERE

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit:
Entrants should submit a proposal for a book-length essay (over 25,000 words). The proposal itself should be no longer than 5,000 words. Entrants may also submit a separate writing sample of up to 5,000 words.
Prize: 
£3,000 advance + up to 3 months’ residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy to complete the book
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for books of fiction or non-fiction are not eligible to enter.

More details and submissions info HERE

Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit: 
up to 2 pieces, 800 words each
Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $5

More details and submissions info HERE

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit: 
10,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $1,000, Runner-up: $100
Entry Fee: $20

More details and submissions info HERE

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest

Deadline: 1st March* 2019
Word Limit: 
Feature-length scripts
Prize: 1st prize: $25,000 + script development, Runner-up: $2,500
Entry Fee: $60
Notes: *Deadline extends to 1st May with increased fees.

More details and submissions info HERE

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit: 
750 words
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Notes: The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on 12th June 2019, and published on Electric Literature.

More details and submissions info HERE

Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Deadline: 1st March 2019
Word Limit:
50,000+ words
Prize:
 Best Published Novel prize: £15,000, Best Unpublished Manuscript: £15,000 advance and publication by Bonnier Books in 2020
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Each of the shortlisted unpublished writers will receive three months of one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant David Llewelyn.

More details and submissions info HERE

Liars’ League

Deadline: 3rd March 2019
Word Limit: 800-2,000 words
Prize:
Public reading of your story + mp3 & YouTube recording + free drinks all night at the Liar’s League event (or a free book if you can’t attend)
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Theme: Before & After – accepted stories will be read by a professional actor on the 9th of April

More details and submissions info HERE

The Brotherton Poetry Prize

Deadline: 4th March 2019
Word Limit:
200 lines of poetry in up to 5 individual poems
Prize:
 1st prize: £1,000 + creative development opportunities with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, 4 x runners-up: £200
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: The prize is is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Finish Line Script Competition

Deadline: 4th March* 2019 (early deadline)
Word Limit: 
70 pages minimum
Prize: Grand prize: $1750, 1st Runner-up: $500, 2nd Runner-up: $250
Entry Fee: $35
Notes: *Deadline extends to 29th August with increased fees. Optional feedback available.

More details and submissions info HERE

The White Review Short Story Prize 2019

Deadline: 4th March 2019
Word Limit: 
2,000-7,000 words
Prize: £2,500
Entry Fee: £15

More details and submissions info HERE

Academy Nicholl Fellowships Competition

Deadline: 7th March* 2019 (early deadline)
Word Limit:
Feature film screenplays of 70-160 pages
Prize: Up to 5 x $35,000 fellowships
Entry Fee: $45
Notes: *Deadline extends to 1st May with increased fees.

More details and submissions info HERE

Maria Edgeworth Short Story Competition

Deadline: 8th March 2019
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: €250, 2nd prize: €100, 3rd prize: €50
Entry Fee: €5

More details and submissions info HERE

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

Deadline: 8th March 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction: 2,500 words / Poetry: 40 lines
Prize: 1st prize £500, £2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £200 (in each category)
Entry Fee: £8
Notes: Entries must be inspired by one of two quotes by Neil Gunn.

More details and submissions info HERE

Sligo Feis Ceoil Short Story Award

Deadline: 8th March 2019
Word Limit:
1,500-2,000 words
Prize: 1st prize €250, Runner-up: €100
Entry Fee: €10

More details and submissions info HERE

BBC National Short Story Award

Deadline: 11th March 2019
Word Limit:
8,000 words
Prize: 
1st prize: £15,000, 4 runners-up: £600
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
The Award is open to British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over on the submission deadline only, who have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the UK.

More details and submissions info HERE

Cinestory Feature Retreat

Deadline: 11th March* 2019 (late deadline)
Word Limit:
Feature film screenplays of 85-125 pages
Prize: 
Grand prize: $10,000 + free tuition and accommodation at the Feature Retreat / 2nd prize: $1,000 + discount on retreat tuition / 3rd prize: $500 + discount on retreat tuition
Entry Fee: $75
Notes: 
*Deadline extends to 15th April with increased fees.

More details and submissions info HERE

Mselxia Themed Writing

Deadline: 11th March 2019
Word Limit:
Up to 4 poems (40 lines), 2 stories (2200 words), or 2 scripts (1000 words)
Payment:
 £25
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: ‘clothes’. Mslexia only publishes work by women. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 11th & 25th March 2019
Word Limit:
Exactly 80 words
Prize: 
royalties on publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Title not included in word count (but limited to 6 words).

More details and submissions info HERE

Poets and Players Competition

Deadline: 13th March 2019
Word Limit:
40 lines
Prize: 1st prize: £600, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £4 per poem or 3 for £10
Notes:
Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Winners will be informed by 2 May 2019 and will be invited to read alongside Kei Miller at the prize awarding ceremony on 18 May 2019 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

More details and submissions info HERE

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition

Deadline: 15th March 2019
Word Limit:
2,500 words
Prize: A 2-night stay at Brownber Hall, Yorkshire
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: ‘liberty’

More details and submissions info HERE

National Flash Fiction Day Anthology

Deadline: 15th March 2019
Word Limit:
up to 3 pieces of 500 words each
Entry Fee: 1 entry: £2.50, 2 entries: £4, 3 entries: £6
Notes: Theme: ‘doors’

More details and submissions info HERE

Newfound Prose Prize

Deadline: 15th March 2019
Word Limit: 
15-60 double spaced pages of prose
Prize: $500 + 25 copies of the published chapbook
Entry Fee: $15
Notes:
The Newfound Prose Prize is awarded annually to a chapbook-length work of exceptional fiction or creative nonfiction. The work may be in the form of a long story or essay or a collection of short pieces. Some aspect of the work must inform or explore how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding.

More details and submissions info HERE

The PAGE Awards

Deadline: 15th March* 2019
Word Limit: 
Full-length features: 80-120 pages, Short film scripts: 30 pages, TV drama pilots: 50-70 pages, TV comedy pilots: 25-45 pages
Prize: Grand prize: $25,000, Gold prize: $1000, Silver prize: $500, Bronze prize: $250 (gold, silver and bronze prizes will be awarded in each category)
Entry Fee: $65
Notes:
*Last minute deadline extends to 15th April with increased fees.

More details and submissions info HERE

Southeast Review Writing Contests

Deadline: 15th March 2019
Word Limit: 
Short fiction: 500 words / Poetry: up to 3 poems (max 10 pages)
Prize: $500 in each category
Entry Fee: $16

More details and submissions info HERE

Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition

Deadline: 16th March 2019
Word Limit:
40 lines
Prize: 1st prize: £25, 2nd prize: £15, 3rd prize: £10
Entry Fee: £3 for first entry, £2 thereafter
Notes:
Theme: ‘edge’

More details and submissions info HERE

Eyelands 2nd International Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 20th March 2019
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
A week’s holiday at Three Rock Writers resort on the island of Crete
Entry Fee: €10
Notes:
Theme: ‘spring’

More details and submissions info HERE

Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition

Deadline: 22nd March 2019
Word Limit:
2,500 words
Prize:
£150
Entry Fee: £5

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 23rd March 2019
Word Limit:
150 words (not incl title)
Prize:
1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes:
Monthly theme: ‘corners’. Two winning entries from each month will appear in The A3 Review (published every 6 months). From this shortlist of winners, 3 will be chosen to win cash prizes.

More details and submissions info HERE

Pen to Print Creative Writing Competitions

Deadline: 28th March 2019
Word Limit:
Poetry: 2 A4 pages / Short stories: 2500 words / Plays: one act (4-10 pages), 2-4 characters
Prize:
A tablet PC (in each category)
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Plays must be based on the theme: ‘The Activist’

More details and submissions info HERE

The Binsted Prize (Poetry)

Deadline: 29th March 2019
Word Limit:
50 lines
Prize:
1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £5 for the first entry, £4 thereafter

More details and submissions info HERE

Limnisa Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th March 2019
Word Limit:
1,500 words
Prize:
A 1-week, all-inclusive writers’ retreat at a seaside location in Greece
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

1000 Word Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
750-1,000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £150, 2nd prize £75, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £5 (£15 with critique)
Notes:
Themed (check website for details)

More details and submissions info HERE

Arkana Micro Issue

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction/Non fiction: 500 words / Poetry: 10 pages / Scripts: 5 minutes
Prize:
Editor’s Choice Award: $50 in each category
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: ‘micro’

More details and submissions info HERE

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize:
1st prize: $200, 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize: $50
Entry Fee: $10
Notes:
Stories must include an animal as an important character or element of the story. This theme can be broadly interpreted. Animals may be fictional, extinct, or imaginary animals, as well as real-life wild or domesticated animals.

More details and submissions info HERE

Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Poetry collections of 48-75 pages
Prize:
$1,000 + publication by University of Georgia Press + 15 copies of the book and a feature reading
Entry Fee: $20
Notes:
Contest is open to all unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by Black writers of African descent who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press.

More details and submissions info HERE

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
15–25 poems of up to 50 lines each
Prize: 
2 prizes of 30 copies + publishing contracts for each of the two winners
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: 
Individual poems may have been published online or in magazines provided the writer retains copyright.

More details and submissions info HERE

Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Short stories: 1,500-2,000 words, Flash fiction: 500 words, Poetry: 40 lines
Prize:
1st prize: £100, 2nd prize: £25, 3rd prize: £10 (in each category)
Entry Fee: Short stories: £5 per entry / Flash fiction & poetry: £4 for first entry, £3 thereafter
Notes:
There are four categories: short story, flash fiction, poetry and Gaelic – see website for individual guidelines.

More details and submissions info HERE

Fish Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
300 words
Prize:
1st prize: €1,000, 2nd prize: 1-week writers’ retreat, 3rd prize: €200
Entry Fee: €14 (€8 subsequent entries)
Notes:
The top 10 poems will be published in the Fish Anthology 2019.

More details and submissions info HERE

Henshaw Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize:
1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize: £75, 3rd Prize: £25
Entry Fee: £6 
Notes:
Optional critique for an additional £12.

More details and submissions info HERE

Indiana Review Fiction and Poetry Prizes

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction: 8,000 words / Poetry: up to 3 poems
Prize:
$1,000 (in each category)
Entry Fee: $20
Notes: General submissions for fiction and poetry are also open until 31st March (word limit 8000 words/up to 6 poems, payment $5 per page/$25 minimum, $3 reading fee).

More details and submissions info HERE

The International Rubery Book Award

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Full book manuscript 
Prize:
Book of the Year prize: £1,500, category winners: £150 each
Entry Fee: £37
Notes: 
The contest is open to self-published books and books published by independent presses. The winning book will be read by a top literary agent at MBA.

More details and submissions info HERE

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Prize:
$1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Notes:
Poets may enter more than once, and as many as five poems may be submitted per entry. There are no length restrictions. All genres and styles are welcome.

More details and submissions info HERE

Peninsula Press Open to Unsolicited Submissions

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Blurb, outline and first 3 chapters of a manuscript
Entry Fee: FREE 
Notes:
For the months of February and March, Peninsula Press is accepting submissions from agented and unagented writers: “We are interested in fiction that challenges norms (formal, aesthetic, heteropatriarchal, &c). Fiction that is literary because it pays attention to language, not because it is only about the nuclear family. We are interested in perspectives that have been traditionally consigned to genre.”

More details and submissions info HERE

Poetry on the Lake International Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
42 lines
Prize: Silver Wyvern: 1st prize: €500, 2nd prize: €200 / Formal poem: €100
Entry Fee: UK writers: £10 first poem, £6 thereafter / ROW: €15 first poem; 2 or more €10 each
Notes: 
An extra prize of €100 will go to the best poem on the theme of ‘spirit’.

More details and submissions info HERE

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
 45,000+ words 
Prize:
$10,000
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a book-length collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction.

More details and submissions info HERE

Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
500 words 
Prize:
1st prize: : £200, 2 runners up: £100
Entry Fee: £8
Notes:
Theme: ‘fire’

More details and submissions info HERE

Screencraft Film Fund

Deadline: 31st March* 2019 (regular deadline)
Word Limit:
A script/treatment/pitch + cover letter
Prize:
Up to two filmmakers will be awarded a production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds
Entry Fee: $55
Notes:
*Deadline extends to 30th June with increased fees. The project will consider a range of projects, from standalone screenplays, to fully packaged projects seeking finishing funds.

More details and submissions info HERE

Screencraft Public Domain Screenplay Competition

Deadline: 31st March* 2019 (early deadline)
Word Limit:
Feature screenplays: 75-150 pages / TV pilots: 20-70 pages
Prize:
1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500
Entry Fee: $49
Notes:
*Deadline extends to 30th June with increased fees. Screenplays must be based on a figure, character or story in the public domain.

More details and submissions info HERE

Screencraft SciFi & Fantasy Screenplay Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
Screenplays: 75-150 pages / Concepts: 1-5 outline 
Prize:
1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, Concept prize: $500
Entry Fee: Screenplays: $69 / Concepts: $29
Notes: 
The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers.

More details and submissions info HERE

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Deadline: 31st March* 2019 (regular deadline)
Word Limit:
2-30 pages
Prize:
$10-15K production budget to make your short film + free camera equipment rental
Entry Fee: $40
Notes:
*Late deadline extends to 2nd May with increased fees.

More details and submissions info HERE

Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
A 500-word autobiographical statement + 10 page/5000 word writing sample
Prize:
$500
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
The SLF Older Writers Grant is awarded to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level.

More details and submissions info HERE

The TSS International Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
400 words
Prize: 
1st prize: £400, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50, 5 x highly commended: £25
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: 
All 1st place winners will be nominated for the Best Small Fiction Awards. All winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be published in a chapbook within 12 months of the competition and interviewed about their writing.

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers Bureau Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £300, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize: £100, 4th prize: £50 + all winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice (worth £374)
Entry Fee: £5 (£4 for members of The Association of Freelance Writers)

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers’ HQ Flash Quarterly Contest

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
1st prize: 12 months’ WHQ membership + 3 writing retreats / 2nd prize: 6 months’ WHQ membership + 3 writing retreats / 3rd prize: 3 months’ WHQ membership + 3 writing retreats
Entry Fee: FREE (optional donations to our bursary very welcome!)
Notes: Open internationally, no theme or genre restrictions.

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st March 2019
Word Limit:
160 characters
Entry Fee: Submissions are made by text message. You will be charged for one standard text by your network operator.
Notes: Themed (check website for details) – send your story as a text message from a UK mobile phone to our new number 07537 432 432.

More details and submissions info HERE

Ad Hoc Fiction (RECURRING)

Deadline: Various (weekly)
Word Limit:
150 words
Prize:
Free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Entries must include the prompt word (see website for latest deadline). Once submissions are closed, entries are published for public voting on the Ad Hoc site.

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest (RECURRING)

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,000-3,000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £6 (£3 for subscribers) 
Notes:
Optional feedback for £5. This is a rolling competition which means that entries received after one issue’s cut-off point are simply placed in the next contest.

More details and submissions info HERE

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