April Opportunities

Published Mon 1 Apr 2019 - 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.


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 Ebrill 2019


Writers in Residence 2020, Gladstone’s Library – 5 April

Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. Open to fiction and non-fiction writers at all stages of their career.

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#Merky Books New Writer’s Prize – 12 April

The winner will receive a publishing contract with #Merky Books, as well as representation from The Good Literary Agency. The prize will also help to give everyone who applies the tools, information and access they need to develop their ideas, progress their writing and set off on the path to publication.

‘I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal. Reading and writing as a kid were integral to where I am today and I from the bottom of my heart cannot wait to hear your stories and get them out into the big wide world.’ – Stormzy

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Egin Residency – 19 April

A two-week residency in response to climate change. National Theatre Wales are looking for up to 13 adventurous and collaborative artists from different artistic disciplines and all at different stages of their careers to attend and take part.

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Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award 2019 – 30 April

The competition is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, over 18 years. Stories entered for the competition should be 250 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland.

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Bristol Short Story Prize – 1 May

The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. Enter online or by post.

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Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition – 26 May

The 13th international competition is now open and accepting entries. This year the following prizes are offered: 1st Prize – £500, 2nd Prize – £250, 3rd Prize – £100.

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The Wales Young Writer’s Short Story Contest – 31 May

The Wales Young Writers Short Story Contest is now open to 14 – 21-year-olds currently living in Wales. There is a total prize fund of £250 and the contest is free to enter. The contest invites 14 – 21-year-olds to submit short stories on the theme ‘Market’. Stories should be 1000-2000 words long.

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