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NAWG Open Competitions – Short Story and Poetry
Results now published
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THE 2014 SI LEEDS LITERARY PRIZE
Deadline for entries for is 31st March 2014 Scroll down
Flash fiction/poetry competitions, The Deddington Writers’ Group
Closing Date Monday 14th April, 2014 Scroll down
The Ticket to Write Playwriting Contest
Closing Date: Friday 18th April, 2014 Scroll down
2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Launched
Closing date: 30th April 2014 Scroll down
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NAWG 2013 Open Writing Competitions
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Poetry Judging and Critiques by James Nash, a writer and poet, and a long-term resident of Leeds. He is a well-known provider of creative writing workshops in schools, universities and in the community, and is regularly called on as a host of literary events. Latest publication Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets
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Final Results for the 2013 Open Writing Competitions, closing dates 31st October 2013
The 2013 NAWG Open Short Story Competition
Judged by Linda Lewis
First Prize £250
‘Jack in the Hedge’
Read the short story here
Second Prize £100
Taverners Writing Group
Third Prize £50
Earlyworks Press, Online Forum
Maureen A. Jeffs
‘Not This Time’
Writers in Somerset
A brief note from the judge: ‘All the stories were good, some better than others of course, but with very few really bad efforts. What I look for in a first reading are stories that make an immediate impact, either because the writing is so strong, or the subject is unusual and well-handled. That didn’t happen this time which meant that choosing the actual prize winners and commended stories took a lot longer and involved a lot of rereading. Maybe this was a good thing because a great story is one that you enjoy more each time you read it, despite knowing what’s going to happen.
In the end, the winners slowly emerged and by the end of the judging process I had grown rather fond of all the winners and the highly commended stories.’ Linda Lewis, Leeds, November 2013
The 2013 NAWG Open Poetry Competition
Judged by James Nash
First Prize £250
‘A Skylark’s Song’
Second Prize £100
Third Prize £50
Read the three prize-winning poems here
A brief note from the judge: ‘What a joy it was to judge this year’s entries, and a very strong reminder that poetry can do many things for us as writers and readers. It can tap experiences to the core, it can remind us of who we are and what we are, and it can make us laugh, and gasp, at its wonderful wit and wordplay. So all in all a wonderful experience of finding all sorts of treasure and poetic gold in the stunning array of entries for this year’s entries to the NAWG open competition for poetry,’ James Nash, Leeds, November 2013
My congratulations go to all of you, you should be proud of yourselves to have reached the high status of a place in this list of prize-winners. Pam Fish, NAWG Chairman.
Our thanks go to Berforts Information Press who generously supports NAWG, making these Open Competitions, and big money prizes possible. And thanks also to Chris Day, Creative Director of Filament Publishing for the extra prize of the FilamentBook Launch Countdown Package, worth £500 – a 13 week mentored process to launch your book.
This extra prize goes to the writer of the poem, ‘That Day in May’ by Garvey Humphrey. The number of the winning entry was picked at a meeting of the Peterborough Writers’ Group by Tim Wilson, AKA Jude Morgan from a total of 347 entries, which included both short story and poetry.
The winning short story and the three placed poems will be published on our website: www.nawg.co.uk and in our 2014 Anthology – ‘Write Path 2014’, together with the full judging notes.
Details of previous NAWG Open Competitions can be viewed at the bottom of the page . . .
LITERARY PRIZE GIVES VOICE TO BLACK AND ASIAN WOMEN’S WRITING
SI LEEDS LITERARY PRIZE
2014 Launch event: 7.30 Saturday 5th October – Ilkley Literature Festival
Black and Asian women’s writing takes centre stage at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival with the launch of the second SI Leeds Literary Prize on Saturday 5th October.
The prize, for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women, was launched in 2012 by Soroptimist International of Leeds and acts as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices. It is run in partnership with two well established and highly regarded literary organisations, Ilkley Literature Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and independent Leeds-based publishers Peepal Tree Press.
The launch event will feature the 2012 winner Minoli Salgado reading from her prize-winning novel A Little Dust on the Eyes. Acclaimed British novelist Bernadine Evaristo will also be in conversation with John McLeod about her new book Mr Loverman. The Prize Ambassador, Margaret Busby, said: “It’s exciting to be able to launch the second edition of this important prize, which offers a unique opportunity for unpublished fiction from a grouping disproportionately under-represented in mainstream literary output. As well as a great line-up of judges in 2014 we have a host of additional support for our winning writers , with the aim of helping develop new audiences for their work in the future.”
The SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014 has a new panel of judges including literary agent and former commissioning editor at Virago Press, Elise Dillsworth; award-winning writer and literary activist, Kadija George; broadcaster and former Chair of Arts Council England, Sue Woodford-Hollick OBE; and Jamaican born writer Kerry Young (Chair) whose first novel Pao was shortlisted for no less than three literary prizes. Judging will be co-ordinated by writer Gail Bolland, former director of Tonic, a multi arts programme which was aimed at enriching the environment of six West Yorkshire hospitals.
The winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014 will receive £2,000 and an invitation to present their work at the Ilkley Literature Festival plus a place on an Arvon Foundation fiction course of their choice in 2015.
Second and third place prize winners will receive £750 and £250 respectively and will be offered attendance at a TLC writer development day at the Free Word Centre. All three prize winners will also receive manuscript assessment from The Literary Consultancy.
The deadline for entries for the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize is 31st March 2014 and full details of how to enter are on the prize website www.sileedsliteraryprize.com
The launch event will take place at Ilkley Playhouse, Wildman Theatre, Weston Road, Ilkley LS29 8DW on Saturday 5th October at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £5 available from the box office on 01943 816714 or book online at www.ilkleyfestival.org.uk
Patrons supporting the prize include journalist and writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a well-known commentator on issues relating to immigration, diversity and multi-culturalism; award winning author Bernadine Evaristo; writer, critic, broadcaster and human rights advocate Bidisha; playwright and novelist Bonnie Greer; artist, and curator for Harewood House Trust, Diane Howse;
Flash fiction/poetry competitions
Closing Date Monday 14th April, 2014
The Deddington Writers’ Group in Oxfordshire will again be running a writing competitionas part of
the Deddington Festival (12-22 June, 2014).
It will be in two sections:
Flash Fiction, open theme, max. 1000 words; Poem in any style, max. 100 words.
Deadline is Monday 14th April, 2014.
Entry fee: £3 per entry for stories and/or poems.
Prizes: First £100, Second £60, Third £30.
Short-listed entrants will be notified by early June and invited to attend the Awards event in Deddington Church on Sunday, 22nd June at 2.30 p.m. Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from www.deddingtonfestival.org.uk/what-s-on/writing-competition from the week commencing January 6th.
The Ticket to Write Playwriting Contest
Closing Date: Friday 18th April, 2014
The Ticket to Write playwriting contest – launched as a Beatles-themed Festival – is now open for entries for the third year when the selected plays will be performed at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on July 15 and 16.
The 2014 Festival has two new exciting changes:
• Plays need not just have themes on The Beatles – they can include the wider Mersey Music scene of the 60s.
• Plays entered should now be one-act 40 – 45 minute dramas rather than 15 minute offerings.
As usual the plays can be about the people, stories inspired by songs and song-titles or any genuine connection with The Beatles or the Mersey Scene of that period.
The winner gets a tasty £150 and it costs £20 to enter.
Entries must be in by Friday April 18.
All plays will be assessed anonymously by a theatre professional and three will go forward to be performed on both nights of the final when the audience vote will count towards the final result.
All entries will receive a considered written critique from the assessor who will receive £10 of the entry fee.
Full details are under How To Enter on our website www.acedrama.co.uk
2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Launched
Closing date: 30th April 2014
The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is officially launched. Now in its 7th year, the Bristol-based competition has established itself as one of the UK’s most prestigious open writing competitions, “one of the most important short story prizes in the country” according to Scott Pack, publisher at HarperCollins imprint The Friday Project.
A shortlist of 20 stories will be selected, from which the winning writer and story will be chosen. The winning writer will receive £1,000 and all 20 writers whose stories are shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 will receive at least £100.
The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize awards ceremony will take place next October when the winner will be announced and the Volume 7 anthology published. The closing date for entries is April 30th 2014.
The 2014 judging panel will be chaired by writer and former Radio 4 producer, Sara Davies. Sara will be joined on the panel by Literary Agent, Rowan Lawton, writer and TV presenter, Sanjida O’Connell, and author, performer and journalist, Nikesh Shukla. Sara says: “I’m hoping to find some writing that makes me look at the world differently, or unexpectedly, and that may be because of an imaginative story, or because of the imaginative way it’s told. I’m hoping to find writers who love language, and love using it in inventive ways. Most of all I’m planning to enjoy myself!” The winner of the 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize, announced 4 days ago, Paul McMichael, says of his triumph :
“I’m overwhelmed…that a set of such discerning judges picked this story out. Thoroughly delighted and grateful.”
The latest Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology containing Paul’s winning story plus the other 19 shortlisted stories is available now.
For full details visit www.bristolprize.co.uk
For further information and to arrange interviews contact Joe Melia on 07708 095414 or by email: email@example.com
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Notes to Editors
The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual, international writing competition founded by the editors of Bristol Review of Books magazine. The closing date for entries is 30th April 2014. 20 stories will be shortlisted by the judges and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol 7 which will be available for all bookshops to stock. The anthology will be launched at an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014. The winning author and two runners up will also be announced at the awards ceremony and prizes will be presented.
1s t- £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd – £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd – £400 plus £100 waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 will be awarded to the other writers whose stories are shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol 7. For jpeg images of the Bristol Short Story Prize logo contact Joe Melia. firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries must be no more than 4,000 words. There is an £8 entry fee per story. There is no limit on the number of entries per author. Enter online via www.bristolprize.co.uk or by post to Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH Writers published in previous BSSP anthologies have gone on to further publication and success: Clare King’s debut novel The Night Rainbow was published by Bloomsbury last year – Clare featured in volume 3 of the Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies. Marli Roode’s debut novel Call it Dog, published this year, was very recently shortlisted for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize – Marli has had stories published in Vol 2 and Vol 3 Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies. Avril Joy, whose story Meat was published in last year’s anthology, was the winner of the inaugural Costa Short Story Award earlier this year. Tim Weaver has just had his 4th novel, Never Coming Back, published. Tim’s short story The Close was published in the first BSSP anthology in 2008. Tara Conklin’s 2010 shortlisted story, Signs of Our Redemption, published in BSSP Anthology Vol 3 was the basis for her debut novel, The House Girl, published by William Morrow in the USA earlier this year.
Archived material of previous NAWG Open Competitions.
The 2011 First Open Short Story Competition
Click to read about the 2011 NAWG Open Short Story Competition Full list of shortlisted and winners, competition notes and details of Berforts the print buisiness that made this competition possible.
Also read the winning entry Assipattle by Barbara Smith. CLICK HERE
The 2012 Second NAWG Open Short Story Competition
To read the winning story ‘A Gift from the Horse Chestnut Tree by Veronica Bright. CLICK HERE
For full list of all 2012 NAWG Open Competition Prizewinners, including long and short lists CLICK HERE
The 2012 First NAWG Open Poetry Competition
For full list of 2012 Prizewinners CLICK HERE
To read the first three winning poems CLICK HERE