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2019 Retreat West First Chapter Competition Closing date: 27th January 2019. Prizes: First Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Sarah Manning. Second Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Amanda Saint, publisher and commissioning editor at Retreat West Books. Shortlisted. Short feedback from Sarah Manning on 1st chapter she reads during the judging process. This is provided in the blog announcing the results. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: First chapter written in English up to 3,500 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction). Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/first-chapter/ Comedy Women in Print Prize Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes: £2,000 for published writers, £1,000 and a free place on the University of Hertfordshire. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: Comedy novels by women in two categories: published writers and unpublished writers. Email: hello@comedywomeninprint.co.uk  Website: www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk Spotlight First Novel Competition Closing date: 14th February 2019. Prizes: Professional input worth up to £1,270.00 plus comprehensive mentoring. Entry fee: £16.00. Looking for: A one-page synopsis and the first page of your novel. Website: http://adventuresinfiction.co.uk/spotlight-1st-novel/ 2019 Retreat West First Chapter Competition Closing date: 27th January 2019. Prizes: First Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Sarah Manning; Second Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Amanda Saint, publisher and commissioning editor at Retreat West Books. Shortlisted - Short feedback from Sarah Manning on 1st chapter she reads during the judging process. This is provided in the blog announcing the results. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: First chapters which must be written in English and can be up to 3,500 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction). Further info: Submit your first chapter only through Submittable using the button on the website. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/first-chapter/ Fish Short Memoir Contest Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes: 1st: €1,000. 2nd: Week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain, + €300.3rd: €200. The best 10 memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. Entry fee: €17, €19 postal. Looking for: personal non-fiction, up to 4,000 words honourable mencions €100 Email: info@fishpublishing.com  Website: www.fishpublishing.com  Caine Prize for African Writing Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes: £10,000, £500 for each shortlisted, anthology publication For short stories, 3,000-10,000 words, published by African writers (born in Africa, African nationals, and children of African parents) Free entry Email: info@caineprize.com Website: http://caineprize.com/how-to-enter/ Northern Writers Awards Closing date: 1st February 2019. Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards. Free entry. Looking for: For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary non- fiction. Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems. Email: info@newwritingnorth.com  Website: http://northernwritersawards.com Spotlight First Novel Competition Closing date: 14th February 2019. Prizes: mentoring package from Adventures in Fiction, dedicated Spotlight page on the Adventures in Fiction website, synopsis posted online. Entry fee: £16. Looking for: A one-page synopsis plus the first page of an unpublished novel. Email: marion@adventuresinfiction.co.uk Website: www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Closing date: 14th February 2019. Prizes: £1,500. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: The opening of an unpublished novel by a woman writer Email: executiveassistant@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk  Website: www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/  Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition  Closing date: 28th February 2019.  Prizes:  A worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £10,000 advance (subject to contract). A bonus prize will also be awarded. This prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £7,500 advance (subject to contract)..All longlisted writers receive an editorial report. Entry fee: £15. Looking for: For full-length novels, 30,000-80,000 words, suitable for readers aged 7-18. Email: hello@chickenhousebooks.com  Website: www.chickenhousebooks.com/submissions The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and Author of Tomorrow Prize Closing date:  1st March 2019. Prizes: In 2018, £15,000 in the 'published' category; £7,500 research travel grant in the 'unpublished' category. Free entry. Looking for: published, unpublished and young (age 21 and under) authors alike. Website: https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/ 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize Closing date: 1st March 2019. Prizes: £3,000 plus three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, during the summer of 2019 Free entry. Looking for: Best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words). https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/prizes/essay-prize The International Rubery 2019 Award Book of The Year Closing date: 31st March 2019. Prizes: £1,500. £150 category winners. Entry fee: £37. Looking for: Independently published or self-published books including ebooks. Email: submissions@ruberybookaward.com Website: https://www.ruberybookaward.com
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Comedy Women in Print Prize Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes: £2,000 for published writers, £1,000 and a free place on the University of Hertfordshire. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: Comedy novels by women in two categories: published writers and unpublished writers. Email: hello@comedywomeninprint.co.uk  Website: www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk 2019 Retreat West First Chapter Competition Closing date: 27th January 2019. Prizes: First Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Sarah Manning. Second Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Amanda Saint, publisher and commissioning editor at Retreat West Books. Shortlisted. Short feedback from Sarah Manning on 1st chapter she reads during the judging process. This is provided in the blog announcing the results. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: First chapter written in English up to 3,500 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction). Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/first- chapter/ Spotlight First Novel Competition Closing date: 14th February 2019. Prizes: Professional input worth up to £1,270.00 plus comprehensive mentoring. Entry fee: £16.00. Looking for: A one-page synopsis and the first page of your novel. Website: http://adventuresinfiction.co.uk/spotlight-1st-novel/ 2019 Retreat West First Chapter Competition Closing date: 27th January 2019. Prizes: First Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Sarah Manning; Second Prize - Submission package review and feedback from Amanda Saint, publisher and commissioning editor at Retreat West Books. Shortlisted - Short feedback from Sarah Manning on 1st chapter she reads during the judging process. This is provided in the blog announcing the results. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: First chapters which must be written in English and can be up to 3,500 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction). Further info: Submit your first chapter only through Submittable using the button on the website. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/first- chapter/ Fish Short Memoir Contest Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes: 1st: €1,000. 2nd: Week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain, + €300.3rd: €200. The best 10 memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. Entry fee: €17, €19 postal. Looking for: personal non-fiction, up to 4,000 words honourable mencions €100 Email: info@fishpublishing.com  Website: www.fishpublishing.com  Caine Prize for African Writing Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes: £10,000, £500 for each shortlisted, anthology publication For short stories, 3,000-10,000 words, published by African writers (born in Africa, African nationals, and children of African parents) Free entry Email: info@caineprize.com Website: http://caineprize.com/how-to-enter/ Northern Writers Awards Closing date: 1st February 2019. Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards. Free entry. Looking for: For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary non-fiction. Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems. Email: info@newwritingnorth.com  Website: http://northernwritersawards.com Spotlight First Novel Competition  Closing date: 14th February 2019. Prizes: mentoring package from Adventures in Fiction, dedicated Spotlight page on the Adventures in Fiction website, synopsis posted online. Entry fee: £16. Looking for: A one-page synopsis plus the first page of an unpublished novel. Email: marion@adventuresinfiction.co.uk Website: www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize  Closing date: 14th February 2019. Prizes: £1,500. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: The opening of an unpublished novel by a woman writer Email: executiveassistant@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk  Website: www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/  Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Comp  Closing date: 28th February 2019.  Prizes:  A worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £10,000 advance (subject to contract). A bonus prize will also be awarded. This prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £7,500 advance (subject to contract)..All longlisted writers receive an editorial report. Entry fee: £15. Looking for: For full-length novels, 30,000-80,000 words, suitable for readers aged 7-18. Email: hello@chickenhousebooks.com  Website: www.chickenhousebooks.com/submissions The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and Author of Tomorrow Prize Closing date:  1st March 2019. Prizes: In 2018, £15,000 in the 'published' category; £7,500 research travel grant in the 'unpublished' category. Free entry. Looking for: published, unpublished and young (age 21 and under) authors alike. Website: https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/. 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize Closing date: 1st March 2019. Prizes: £3,000 plus three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, during the summer of 2019 Free entry. Looking for: Best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words). https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/prizes/essay-prize Girton College Humanities Writing Competition 2018-19 Closing date: 15th March 2019. Prizes: The prize fund, which may be divided between several winners, consists of £200 cash and £200-worth of books from Cambridge University Press. This competition is an opportunity for research and writing beyond the curriculum, using one or more of five selected objects from the Lawrence Room as a focus. It is aimed at any student in Year 12 (or equivalent) with an interest in the Humanities. Essays or creative responses (such as dramatic monologues or short stories) are equally welcome. We are looking for the ability to connect different areas of knowledge, to think about details and to communicate clearly. Email: comp@girton.cam.ac.uk Website: https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/humanities-writing- competition/ The International Rubery 2019 Award Book of The Year Closing date: 31st March 2019. Prizes: £1,500. £150 category winners. Entry fee: £37. Looking for: Independently published or self-published books including ebooks. Email: submissions@ruberybookaward.com Website: https://www.ruberybookaward.com
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