April Opportunities 2020

Published Wed 1 Apr 2020 - 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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 

Due to the current situation in Wales regarding the Coronavirus, we suggest that anyone interested in taking part contacts the organisers directly for the most up-to-date information.


Literary Associate—Welsh Language—2 April

Sherman Theatre wishes to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Literary Associate on a part-time, fixed term contract for one year. This is a new, designated Welsh language, role within the artistic team at the Sherman Theatre, working closely with the Literary Manager and the Artistic Director.This is a designated Welsh language role.

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Glasgow Women’s Library, Digital Poetry Slam – 3 April

This year GWL are launching their first Digital Poetry Slam. They are looking for women* to light up their feeds with their brilliant, brave and bolshy words on our theme Elemental Women. The competition is open to all women*. *All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.

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Bath Short Story Award – 20 April

The competition is open to all writers, based in the UK or elsewhere, who are 16 years or older.

To enter, hand in a previously unpublished story on any subject of up to 2,200 words. The first prize is £1,200, second prize is £300 and third prize is £100. The Acorn Award for an unpublished writer of fiction will be £100. The entry fee is £8.00 for each submission.

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Micro-grants for Get Creative 2020 events—20 April

Apply for a micro-grant to help your group run an event during Get Creative Festival in Wales in May 2020.

The Arts Council of Wales have provided funds for Voluntary Arts Wales to administer micro-grants of £100 to help groups with the costs of running events during Get Creative Festival.

Events must be: participatory and creative, either free or cost-recovery, and take place in Wales between 9-17 May 2020

The micro-grants are intended for voluntary, amateur and community-based groups in Wales, to help with any additional costs incurred in running events, such as materials, publicity or venue hire.

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Bristol Short Story Prize – 30 April

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in an anthology. The winner and two runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony in October 2020. The first prize is £1,000, second prize is £500 and third prize is £250. The remaining shortlisted writers will be presented with 17 further prizes of £100.

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The Phoenix Project: Wales-Namibia Short Fiction for Children Competition 2020—30 April

The Phoenix project is a charity set up to support Health and Cultural projects in Namibia and Zambia. Phoenix works in co-operation with Cardiff University and the University of Namibia. Stories can be about anything, in any style. However, they should try and deal with some aspect of the modern world as it affects either country, e.g., youth unemployment, despoliation of the environment, over-population, conservation, etc. The three winners will receive a small cash prize. They will try and get the best stories published as a compendium, but at this stage this cannot be guaranteed. Stories should be aimed at children aged 12-17 (entrants should specify which age-group they are aiming at within a 3-year age bracket). Stories must be submitted in English. Max 3000 words.

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Lucent Dreaming 2020 Short Story and Poetry Contests – 30 May

Lucent Dreaming is an independent creative writing magazine publishing beautiful, imaginative and surreal short stories, poetry and artwork from emerging authors and artists worldwide. They currently have two competitions on: short stories and poetry. You can now submit up to five short stories and five poems and be in for a chance to win coveted Lucent Dreaming merch, publication, free editing for the year as well as a cash prize!

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Creative Future Writers’ Award—31 May

This is a poetry and prose competition is for under-represented writers in the UK only. 12 winners will receive cash/professional development, plus publication.

This year’s theme is Tomorrow. Your work should respond to the theme, implicitly or explicitly, but they’re looking for quality writing first and foremost.

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Welsh Poetry Competition – 31 May

The 14th international competition is now open and accepting entries, 1st, 2nd & 3rd awarded cash prizes plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on the Welsh Poetry Competition website and in a future anthology. The judge for 2020 will be Sally Spedding.

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Poetry Book Awards – 30 June 

An annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by independent or small presses. Winners will be announced on the Poetry Book Awards website and in the local and national press. Welsh poet Dave Lewis will judge the awards in 2020.

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Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize—1 July 2020

The Novel Prize offers $10,000 to the winner in the form of an advance against royalties, and simultaneous publication of their novel in the UK and Ireland by the London-based Fitzcarraldo Editions, in Australia and New Zealand by Sydney publisher Giramondo, and in North America by New York’s New Directions. The judges will be looking for novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, and are innovative and imaginative in style.

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Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition—15 June 2020

Poems can be on any subject and in any form but no more than 60 lines long. This year’s first prize is £200, with £100 for second and £50 for third place.

From the entries approximately 35 poems are chosen to appear in an anthology, which will be available from the Festival Office. Following this, a shortlist of poets will be invited to read their poems at this year’s awards evening in October and the winner will announced on the night. Dates and times will be released soon.

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