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Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £500.
Entry fee: £30 plus VAT.
Looking for: For a crime novel. Submit the first 3,000 words plus 500-1,000 word synopsis.
Website: www.thecwa.co.uk

Kelpies Prize 2017
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £2,000 plus publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: For fiction in any genre aimed at children, set mainly in Scotland. Two entry categories: Kelpies (8-11, 30,000-60,000 words) and KelpiesTeens (11-14, 30,000-70,000 words).
Email: floris@florisbooks.co.uk
Website: www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize

CWA's Debut Dagger 2017 Competition for the Opening of a Crime Novel
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prize: £1,000 and shortlist shown to agents and publishers.
Entry fee: £36.
Judges: UK's leading crime-writing literary agents and editors.
Looking for: Opening of a crime novel up to 3,000 words and a synopsis up to 1,000 words.
Full details and submission: www.thecwa.co.uk/debut-dagger

New Welsh Writing Awards - Aberystwyth University Prize
Closing date: 1st March 2017.
Prizes: in each category: First prize - £1,000 and e-publication; Second - writing course at Ty Newydd; Third - weekend stay at Gladstone's Library.
Free entry.
Looking for: Memoir (5,000-30,000 words) and Americymru Prize for the Novella (8,000 to 30,000 words).
Email: admin@newwelshreview.com
Website: www.newwelshwritingawards.com

Inkitt Book Writing Contest
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: We Invest Minimum $6,000 in Your Book Marketing; Proven Amazon Top 100 Strategy; A Dedicated Marketing Team; Professional Editing & Cover; 25% Royalties.
Entry fee: None.
Looking for: Minimum 20,000 words.
Further info: All genres except fan fiction accepted.
For full details visit website.
Website: inkitt.com/publishingcontest

2017 International Rubery Book Award
Closing date 31st March 2017.
Prizes: Book of the Year £1500 (approx  2000 US$; 1800€). The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200$, 180€)
Entry fee: £35 or $60 USD.
Judges: We have secured three high profile judges for our 2017 awards: Gaynor Arnold: Shortlisted for the Orange Prize and MAN Booker longlisted. Jeff Phelps: Poet and Stand winner. Jo Derrick: Award-winning author and highly experienced editor.
See website for more details: www.ruberybookaward.com

Whoosh! First Page Competition
Closing date: 1st April 2017.
Prize: Manuscript Assessment worth up to £320.
Entry: Free.
Looking for a cracking opening chapter to a full-length novel across any genre.
Email: info@whoosh-editing.com
Website: whoosh-editing.com/competition/

Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 and mentoring.
Entry fee: £20.
Looking for: First 5,000-8,000 words of an unpublished debut novel for this novel competition organised by the Bridport Prize.
Website: www.bridportprize.org.uk

Yeovil Literary Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: for novels, £1,000, £250 and £100; for each of poems and short stories, £500, £200 and £100; for writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50.
Entry fee: £11 for novels; £6 for short stories; £6 for one poem, £11 for three; writing without restrictions £5.
Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions.
Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk

North Street Book Prize
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: The winner of each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250.
Entry fee: $60 per book.
Looking for: Self-published books in categories: General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir.
Email: adam@winningwriters.com
Website: winningwriters.com/north

RW First Chapter Competition
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: Get your first 3 chapters, cover letter and synopsis reviewed by Laura Williams at PFD.
Entry fee: £15.
Submit your first chapter only. It 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).
Website: www.retreatwest.co.uk

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