arranged in closing date order

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Closing date: 9th February 2018. 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 Looking for: The opening of an unpublished novel by a woman writer.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: http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/ Spotlight First Novel Competition Closing date: 14th February 2018. 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in Fiction website, synopsis posted online Entry fee: £16 Looking for: A one-page synopsis plus the flrst page of an unpublished novel. Email: marion@adventuresinflction.co.uk Website: www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk  CWA Debut Dagger Competition Closing date: 28th Feb 2018. Prize: £500. Shortlisted authors have their work shown to agents and publishers. Entry fee: £36. Looking for: For the first 3,000 words of a crime novel, plus synopsis (max 1,000 words). Author must have no traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Self-published novelists are eligible. Further details: Longlist announced: CrimeFest in May 2018; shortlist: summer 2018; winner: October 2018. Contact: secretary@thecwa.co.uk Full details and online entry: http://www.thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger/ The Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize Closing date: 1st March 2018. Prizes: Best published novel - £15,000; Best unpublished manuscript - £7,500 grant for travel to undertake research plus mentoring. Entry fee: Free. Further info and Terms and Conditions visit website. Website: http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/ The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition Closing date: 1st March 2018. Prizes: All winners will receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which if successful, will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. Entry fee:  £28. Looking for: a collection of 20-24 pages of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint smith|doorstop books. Further info: All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which if successful, will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. Website: http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition-menu/competition The Georgina Hawtry-Woore Independent Author Book Award Closing date: 6th March 2018. Entry fee: £12.50 Looking for: Self-published work in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, fiction for young adults,  picture books for children. Prizes: Prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners for each of the 4 categories are: A Review and a Day in the Life feature published in Frost Magazine. Email: administrator@wordsforthewounded.co.uk Website: www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk 2018 International Rubery Book Award for self-published and independently published books Closing date 31st March 2018. Prizes: Book of the Year £1500 (approx 2000 US$; 1800€ ). The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent. Plus a minimum of 3 category winners will win £150 (approx 200$, 180€). Looking for: We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children’s, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. There are no limits on the type. Judges: We have secured three high profile judges for our 2018 awards: Paul McDonald - senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton; Pauline Morgan has been on the panel of judges for the critically acclaimed international Arthur C. Clarke Award; Clare Morrall - her debut novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Please see website for more details: www.ruberybookaward.com The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Memoire Competition Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize:  A place at one of the Writers' & Artists' 'How to Hook an Agent' lunches (value £175). Prize must be redeemed within one year of winning.  Full details at www.writersandartists.co.uk/events 2nd prize:  A copy of either the 2018 Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the 2018 Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook plus two other writing advice books selected from:  www.writersandartists.co.uk/store/writersandartistscompanions; 3rd prize:  A copy of the 2018 Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the 2018 Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. Entry fee: Entry fee: £16.00 with constructive feedback; £6 without. Looking for: Entrants are invited to submit a memoir of up to 2500 words.  This may be a self-contained piece, or it may be the first chapter of a full-length memoir. Sponsored by: Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Writing for Children - Picture Book Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to discuss the winning submission; 2nd prize: Book prizes; 3rd prize: Book prizes. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: Entrants were invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6.  Only ONE entry per person allowed.  Written feedback is not offered for this competition. Sponsored by: Little Tiger Group. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Children's Funny Fiction Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Editorial meeting with Stripes Publishing to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided); 2nd prize: Book prizes; 3rd prize: Book prizes; Highly Commended.. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: Entrants are invited to submit the opening chapter or section (maximum 1000 words) of a humorous work for children and a one-page synopsis of the remainder.  For readers aged 8-12. Written feedback is not offered for this competition. Sponsored by: Stripes Publishing. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Skylark Soaring Stories Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: One-to-one consultation with a literary agent at Skylark Literary on story development; 2nd prize: One-to-one telephone consultation on sample and synopsis of 30 minutes, plus £50; 3rd prize: One-to-one telephone consultation on sample and synopsis of 20 minutes, plus £25. Three runners-up: One or two paragraphs of written feedback on their sample and synopsis. See website for more detail. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: an instantly intriguing concept coupled with a remarkable writing voice. Submit 2,000 words of a work of fiction for readers aged 8-12 or 12+.  Sponsored by: Skylark Literary. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - First Three Pages of a Novel Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Editorial meeting with Little, Brown to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided); 2nd prize: Books to the value of £70; 3rd prize: Books to the value of £30. Entry fee: £16.00 to include feedback or £6.00 without feedback. Looking for:  the first three pages (12 pt. double-spaced) of their novel plus a 600 word max.synopsis. Adult fiction only - Any theme or period. Sponsored by: Little, Brown Book Group. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The Bath Novel Award Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: 1st - £2,500, plus other prizes for short- and long-listed winners. Entry fee: £25 per entry. Looking for: Submission of up to the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis. Email: entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk Website: http://bathnovelaward.co.uk The First Novel Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: 1st - £1,000; 2nd - £250; 3rd - £100. Entry fee: £25. Looking for: Original, unpublished novels for adult readers in any genre up to 50,000 words. Further info: To enter send the novel and a synopsis in the same document. Website: www.firstnovel.co.uk Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel/Novella Prize Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1 year's free mentoring worth £1,000 or (for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the novel + publishing contract. Entry fee: £12 per novel. Looking for: Adult and crossover novels only (no children's fiction). Submit only the first 10,000 words of the work. Shortlisted entrants will be asked to send their full manuscript. Further info: Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form on the website. Open to those who have not had a novel previously published. (those with self-published novels may enter). Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/annual-debut-novel-or-novella-prize
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arranged in closing date order

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Closing date: 9th February 2018. 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: http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/ Spotlight First Novel Competition Closing date: 14th February 2018. 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 flrst page of an unpublished novel. Email: marion@adventuresinflction.co.uk Website: www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk  CWA Debut Dagger Competition Closing date: 28th Feb 2018. Prize: £500. Shortlisted authors have their work shown to agents and publishers. Entry fee: £36. Looking for: For the first 3,000 words of a crime novel, plus synopsis (max 1,000 words). Author must have no traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Self-published novelists are eligible. Further details: Longlist announced: CrimeFest in May 2018; shortlist: summer 2018; winner: October 2018. Contact: secretary@thecwa.co.uk Full details and online entry: http://www.thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger/ The Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize Closing date: 1st March 2018. Prizes: Best published novel - £15,000; Best unpublished manuscript - £7,500 grant for travel to undertake research plus mentoring. Entry fee: Free. Further info and Terms and Conditions visit website. Website: http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/ The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition Closing date: 1st March 2018. Prizes: All winners will receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which if successful, will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. Entry fee:  £28. Looking for: a collection of 20-24 pages of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint smith|doorstop books. Further info: All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which if successful, will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. Website: http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition- menu/competition The Georgina Hawtry-Woore Independent Author Book Award Closing date: 6th March 2018. Entry fee: £12.50 Looking for: Self-published work in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, fiction for young adults,  picture books for children. Prizes: Prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners for each of the 4 categories are: A Review and a Day in the Life feature published in Frost Magazine. Email: administrator@wordsforthewounded.co.uk Website: www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk 2018 International Rubery Book Award for self-published and independently published books Closing date 31st March 2018. Prizes: Book of the Year £1500 (approx 2000 US$; 1800€ ). The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent. Plus a minimum of 3 category winners will win £150 (approx 200$, 180€). Looking for: We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children’s, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. There are no limits on the type. Judges: We have secured three high profile judges for our 2018 awards: Paul McDonald - senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton; Pauline Morgan has been on the panel of judges for the critically acclaimed international Arthur C. Clarke Award; Clare Morrall - her debut novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Please see website for more details: www.ruberybookaward.com The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Memoire Competition Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize:  A place at one of the Writers' & Artists' 'How to Hook an Agent' lunches (value £175). Prize must be redeemed within one year of winning.  Full details at www.writersandartists.co.uk/events 2nd prize:  A copy of either the 2018 Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the 2018 Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook plus two other writing advice books selected from:  www.writersandartists.co.uk/store/writersandartistscompanio ns; 3rd prize:  A copy of the 2018 Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the 2018 Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. Entry fee: Entry fee: £16.00 with constructive feedback; £6 without. Looking for: Entrants are invited to submit a memoir of up to 2500 words.  This may be a self-contained piece, or it may be the first chapter of a full-length memoir. Sponsored by: Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Writing for Children - Picture Book Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to discuss the winning submission; 2nd prize: Book prizes; 3rd prize: Book prizes. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: Entrants were invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6.  Only ONE entry per person allowed.  Written feedback is not offered for this competition. Sponsored by: Little Tiger Group. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Children's Funny Fiction Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Editorial meeting with Stripes Publishing to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided); 2nd prize: Book prizes; 3rd prize: Book prizes; Highly Commended.. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: Entrants are invited to submit the opening chapter or section (maximum 1000 words) of a humorous work for children and a one-page synopsis of the remainder.  For readers aged 8-12. Written feedback is not offered for this competition. Sponsored by: Stripes Publishing. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Skylark Soaring Stories Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: One-to-one consultation with a literary agent at Skylark Literary on story development; 2nd prize: One-to- one telephone consultation on sample and synopsis of 30 minutes, plus £50; 3rd prize: One-to-one telephone consultation on sample and synopsis of 20 minutes, plus £25. Three runners-up: One or two paragraphs of written feedback on their sample and synopsis. See website for more detail. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: an instantly intriguing concept coupled with a remarkable writing voice. Submit 2,000 words of a work of fiction for readers aged 8-12 or 12+.  Sponsored by: Skylark Literary. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - First Three Pages of a Novel Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Editorial meeting with Little, Brown to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided); 2nd prize: Books to the value of £70; 3rd prize: Books to the value of £30. Entry fee: £16.00 to include feedback or £6.00 without feedback. Looking for:  the first three pages (12 pt. double-spaced) of their novel plus a 600 word max.synopsis. Adult fiction only - Any theme or period. Sponsored by: Little, Brown Book Group. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The Bath Novel Award Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: 1st - £2,500, plus other prizes for short- and long- listed winners. Entry fee: £25 per entry. Looking for: Submission of up to the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis. Email: entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk Website: http://bathnovelaward.co.uk The First Novel Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: 1st - £1,000; 2nd - £250; 3rd - £100. Entry fee: £25. Looking for: Original, unpublished novels for adult readers in any genre up to 50,000 words. Further info: To enter send the novel and a synopsis in the same document. Website: www.firstnovel.co.uk Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel/Novella Prize Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1 year's free mentoring worth £1,000 or (for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the novel + publishing contract. Entry fee: £12 per novel. Looking for: Adult and crossover novels only (no children's fiction). Submit only the first 10,000 words of the work. Shortlisted entrants will be asked to send their full manuscript. Further info: Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form on the website. Open to those who have not had a novel previously published. (those with self-published novels may enter). Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/annual-debut- novel-or-novella-prize
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