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Paul Torday Memorial Prize Closing date: 15th November 2018. Free entry. Looking for: A first novel by a writer over 60. Prizes: £1,000. The runner-up receives a special Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate. Email: prizes@societyofauthors.org Website: https://www.societyofauthors.org/The-Paul-Torday-Prize Betty Trask Prize Closing date: 30th November 2018. Free entry. Prizes: £20,000 total, to be used on foreign travel. Looking for: published or unpublished, traditional or romantic (not experimental) first novels by authors under the age of 35 on 31st December 2018. Email: info@societyofauthors.org  Website: www.societyofauthors.org Urban YA competition Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: £1,000 and possible publication by ‘Everything with Words’. Entry fee: None. Looking for: a vibrant debut novel for young adults, a book set in today’s multi-cultural Britain. Length between 40,000 and 70,000 words. Visit website for more. Further info: The competition is open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent. Website: http://www.everythingwithwords.com/ Bath Children's Novel Award Closing date: 2nd December 2018. Prizes: £2,500. Entry fee: £25 with supported places for low income writers tba July 2018. Judge: Hilary Delamere of The Agency. Looking for: Novels which should be for children who are able to read for themselves, or young adults. See website for further details. Send first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of (completed) novels. Email: entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk Website: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel-award/ Brexit in Poetry Competition  Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine. Free entry. Looking for: Poems on any aspect of the Brexit process up to 50 lines. Email: bemadette@hollandparkpress.co.uk Website: https://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/ Exeter Novel Prize Closing date: 1st January 2019. Prizes: £500, five £100 runners-up. Entry fee: £18.00. Looking for: First ten thousand words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. It is open to all authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent, whether or not they have been published.  Further info: Any genre except children's. Email: creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com Website: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/ Bath Flash Fiction Novella in Flash Award Closing date: 14th January 2019. Prizes: £300, 2 x £100. Entry fee: £16.00. Looking for: Flash fiction novellas, 6,000-18,000 words. Email: novella@bathflashfictionaward.com Website: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/novella-entry/ 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/ 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
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Paul Torday Memorial Prize Closing date: 15th November 2018. Free entry. Looking for: A first novel by a writer over 60. Prizes: £1,000. The runner-up receives a special Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate. Email: prizes@societyofauthors.org  Website: https://www.societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Authors- Awards/Fiction/The-Paul-Torday-Prize Betty Trask Prize  Closing date: 30th November 2018. Free entry. Prizes: £20,000 total, to be used on foreign travel. Looking for: published or unpublished, traditional or romantic (not experimental) first novels by authors under the age of 35 on 31st December 2018. Email: info@societyofauthors.org  Website: www.societyofauthors.org Urban YA competition Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: £1,000 and possible publication by ‘Everything with Words’. Entry fee: None. Looking for: a vibrant debut novel for young adults, a book set in today’s multi-cultural Britain. Length between 40,000 and 70,000 words. Visit website for more. Further info: The competition is open to any writer living in the UK, agented or without an agent. Website: Website: http://www.everythingwithwords.com/ Bath Children's Novel Award Closing date: 2nd December 2018. Prizes: £2,500. Entry fee: £25 with supported places for low income writers tba July 2018. Judge: Hilary Delamere of The Agency. Looking for: Novels which should be for children who are able to read for themselves, or young adults. See website for further details. Send first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of (completed) novels. Email: entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk Website: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel- award/ Brexit in Poetry Competition  Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine. Free entry. Looking for: Poems on any aspect of the Brexit process up to 50 lines. Email: bemadette@hollandparkpress.co.uk Website: https://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/ Exeter Novel Prize Closing date: 1st January 2019. Prizes: £500, five £100 runners-up. Entry fee: £18.00. Looking for: First ten thousand words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. It is open to all authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent, whether or not they have been published.  Further info: Any genre except children's. Email: creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com Website: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/ Bath Flash Fiction Novella in Flash Award  Closing date: 14th January 2019. Prizes: £300, 2 x £100. Entry fee: £16.00. Looking for: Flash fiction novellas, 6,000-18,000 words. Email: novella@bathflashfictionaward.com  Website: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/novella-entry/  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/ 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
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