October Opportunities

Published Wed 10 Oct 2018 - By Literature Wales

We have compiled a small list of some exciting opportunities with upcoming deadlines for writers and literary organisations alike. Keep up to date with opportunities for writers by signing up to our newsletter and following us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.


De Montfort Literature salaries – rolling

De Montfort Literature is offering between 5 and 10 places to writers, who will be paid a salary, and later a bonus as a percentage of the revenues from novels published, in return for (the authors) writing their novels.

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Young Critics North Wales – rolling

The scheme aims to give young people aged 16-30 the chance to learn some of the skills of an arts critic.

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Eisteddfodau – various

There are various literary competitions held at numerous Eisteddfodau throughout Wales, here is a list of deadlines for this month from Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru.

For more information, click here: Dyddiadau Cau Hydref 2018


Cheltenham Literature Festival-5-14 October

For ten days every Autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as they welcome over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help them celebrate the joy of the written word.

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London Literature Festival-18 October-28 October

Now in its twelfth year, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival brings together today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers to explore the burning issues of our times.

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Wondering In the Woods Creative Writing Workshop-20 October

This day will be gentle and supportive, led by Janis Mackay, an author, storyteller, a lover of walking in wild places and a creative writing tutor, with an MA in creative writing and personal development. The workshop takes place at Lamington near Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

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The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction-26 October

Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to host the annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK, and the story you submit must not have been published anywhere else, online or in print. It is free to submit an entry, but only one per writer.

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Bare Fiction Competitions-31 October

In its fifth year of the Bare Fiction Prize, Bare Fiction welcomes new and old writers to have a chance to win big cash prizes and publication within each of the three categories offered. Each entry is judged anonymously by their judges.

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Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition-31 October

10,000 -15,000 words which can consist of a novella, a long short story, several short stories or a collection of flash fiction or a mix of stories and flash are welcome. Stories can have been published previously in anthologies or in web or print journals, but not in a stand-alone publication by the author.

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The 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize – 7 November

Opening for entries on Friday 7 September 2018, the £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best eligible published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. The winner will be announced at the final awards ceremony in Swansea, Wales on 16 May 2019.

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