Welcome to Literature Wales’ opportunities page where we share internal and external literary opportunities, from competitions to residencies, from Wales and beyond. If you have any opportunities you’d like us to feature, please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artworks Cymru: Freelance Partnership Manager – 12 December
ArtWorks Cymru is a partnership of Welsh organisations who are developing practice, supporting training and career development, and advocating for participatory arts in Wales. ArtWorks Cymru is project funded and creates programs of work led by different partners to further its aims.
Due to a change in staffing and renewed funding they are now seeking a freelance Partnership Manager to manage the 2022 – 2023 program.
The Partnership Manager Role will be contracted by Arts Active Trust and will comprise 48 days work between January 2022 – November 2023. The rate of pay will be £200 per day.
Submit your expression of interest and a current CV to email@example.com
Applications are welcomed in either English, Welsh or by submitting a video or audio recording.
Interviews for the post will be held during the week of 28 November.
Arts Council Wales: Creative Steps – 31 December 2022 (Last day of each month)
The aim of this programme is to support individuals and organisations who have experienced barriers to accessing our funding. Creative Steps aims to address this by supporting artists, creatives, and organisations throughout their developmental journey.
You can apply for the Individual strand if you are an artist or creative who identifies as being ethnically and culturally diverse, as Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent, or as someone who has experienced racism or discrimination.
You can apply for the Organisations strand if your organisation is led by ethnically and culturally diverse people, Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent people, or people who have experienced racism or discrimination.
This will be a rolling programme, with applications accepted on the last day of each month. Click here for further information.
Black Bee Call for Submissions – Rolling
Black Bee Books is currently open for submissions from under-represented voices in Wales. As a new publishing house based in West Wales, the company want to be reflective of a wide variety of experiences and are actively seeking those who are under-served by the industry.
They are looking to publish both adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction, but not children’s books.
For submission guidelines please see: www.blackbeebooks.wales/contact
Hack Publishing – Rolling
Hack Publishing are looking for 10 writers to join us an exciting project that will explore work now and imagine working culture in the future. This will be a collection of essays with 10 different perspectives, although writers are encouraged to experiment with genre.
In addition, they are also looking for writers to contribute to their upcoming magazine. The first issue’s theme is: resilience. Writers can submit any genre of up to 3,500 words. It is a chance for new writers to see their work published alongside one another.
Find the full details on their website.
Eisteddfodau Cymru – Ongoing
There are several literary competitions held by various Eisteddfod events across Wales annually.
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition – 30 November
The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.
Find out more here.
Bath Children’s Novel Award 2022 – 30 November
Find out more here
Charles Causley Trust International Poetry Competition 2022 – 1 January 2023
The Causley Trust preserves the legacy of Charles Causley, one of the finest 20th century English Poets. The International Poetry competition is just one of many events that the Trust holds each year for poets and writers to get creative and have their voices heard. This year’s Head judge is award-winning poet and literary critic Séan Hewitt.
Poems submitted can be under any theme, with a maximum line limit of 40 lines. Entry costs £7.50 with subsequent entries costing £5.50. The closing date for the competition is midnight on Sunday 1st January 2023 and the winners will be announced in April/May 2023. To find out more and to read the Rules of Entry, see https://causleytrust.org/competition-2022/
Wales Poetry Award 2022 (sponsored by Literature Wales) – 12 January 2023
Wales Poetry Award is open to single poem entries from new and established poets from Wales and beyong, with 3 awards and 10 highly commended prizes to be won. This year’s competition will be judged by Gwyneth Lewis. Gwyneth was Wales’s National Poet from 2005-06, and wrote the bilingual words for the front of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. The winner will receive £500 & a place on a residential course of your choice at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in 2023, a Seren Book Bundle and Publication in Poetry Wales.
All the information you need can be found here: Wales Poetry Award 2022 sponsored by Literature Wales | Judged by Gwyneth Lewis – Poetry Wales
Cúirt New Writing Prize – 30 January 2023
The Cúirt New Writing Prize, sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire, is now open for submissions. There are three categories: poetry, short fiction and prose and poetry in Irish.
The winner in each category will be awarded a €500 cash prize and the opportunity to read at the 38th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature which will take place in Galway between 17th – 23rd April 2023. This year they are delighted to announce Donal Ryan as the prose judge, Seán Hewitt as the poetry judge, and Áine NÍ Ghlinn will judge the Irish poetry/prose.
For more information, click here.
2023 International Rubery Book Award – 31 March 2023
They accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children’s, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. They accept books and ebooks. There is no publication date restriction.
To find out more, visit this page: 2023 International Rubery Book Award :: National Association of Writers in Education :: (nawe.co.uk)
Bridport Prize – 31 May 2023
Now open for entries! The Bridport Prize is committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. The 2023 judges are Roger Robinson, Colin Barrett, Christopher Allen, Sarah Hall and Cathy Rentzenbrink.
Click here for more informaion.
The 2023 Anthology Short Story Competition – 31 August 2023
Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, this short story competition is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. There is no restriction on theme or style. Stories submitted must not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words.
For information on prizes and eligibility, click here.