December Opportunities 2019

Published Sun 1 Dec 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, visit: Dyddiadau Cau Tachwedd a Rhagfyr 2019


Nant Writers’ Retreat – October onwards

A historical Grade II* listed cottage which has been newly renovated for writing retreats. Based at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, this self-contained, fully equipped cottage provides a comfortable and quiet haven where you can concentrate on your work in progress, add those finishing touches to your writing, or simply revive your creativity.

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Cogan Biodiversity Picture Book Award 2020 – 2 December 2019

The award is for picture books only (appropriate for ages mainly 3-7 years) but may be fiction or non-fiction. They are looking for books with strong themes of ecological concern for the planet, at a local or global level. To be eligible for the award, books need to have been published between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019.

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Nobrow Short Story Competition – 9 December 2019

To participate in the competition, hand in a short story or a piece of creative non-fiction of up to 3,000 words related to the theme “The Censor”. Your story can interpret this theme in any way. Entries may not have been previously published. Nowbrow Press will publish up to 12 winning entries in an illustrated short story anthology. The overall winner will receive £2,000 and all selected contributors will receive £150 along with two complimentary copies of the book, and will be invited to attend events including a launch and readings.

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Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition – 22 December 2019

InterAct Stroke Support launches its seventh biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. To enter, submit a short story in any genre of no more than 1,000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1,000 and will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year.

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The Moth Poetry Prize – 31 December 2019

The Moth Poetry Prize is for a single unpublished poem and is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Poems can be of any length and on any subject. The prize for the overall winner is 10,000€ and three runners up will each receive 1,000€. The shortlist will be announced in March 2020 and all four poems will appear in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth. The overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020.

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BBC Writersroom’s annual window for unsolicited drama scripts – 9 December 2019, 10 am to 6 January 2020, 5 pm

During the BBC’s open submission period, you can hand in drama scripts written for film, TV, radio or stage, online and children’s TV/radio. Scripts should be finished (no first drafts) and at least 30 pages long. At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2020/21. The group usually meets once a month and receives targeted training and development.

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Soho Theatre Verity Bargate Award 2020 – 10 January 2020

The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s flagship new writing award. The Award is open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland. There are no restrictions on subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text that is submitted. The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.

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Magma 2019/20 Poetry Competition – 11 January 2020

Magma’s Poetry Competition has two contests, one for short poems of up to 10 lines and one for poems of 11 to 50 lines. Poems may be on any subject. They must be in English and your own original work. They must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication before. Prizes range from £150 to £1000.

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The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing – 13 January 2020

This annual prize is open worldwide and sponsored by the Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group. To enter, submit an unpublished short story not longer than 2,500 words which revolves in some way around food or drink. The winner will received £10.000 and will be announced at a prize-giving event on 1 April 2020.

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Alternarratives Prize for Innovation in Storytelling – 13 January 2020

Alternarratives is a £15,000 prize for UK writers to explore innovation in short-form storytelling. In its pilot year, the prize will encourage storytellers to imagine how short fiction can help re-engage young people with reading for pleasure. The opportunity is open to all writers – entries from non-YA writers are strongly encouraged. The prize for the overall winner is £15,000, and 10 longlisted writers will each receive a £1,000 bursary for the realisation of a new or existing project and the opportunity to participate in an ideation workshop.

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2020 Calibre Essay Prize – 15 January 2020

The Calibre Essay Prize is awarded by the Australian Book Review and is open to all essayists writing in English. To enter, submit an essay of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. Essays of all kinds are welcome – personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. Prizes are $5,000 for the winner and $2,500 for the runner-up. The overall winning essay will be published in the magazine in May 2020 with the runner-up to be published later in the year.

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Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize – 17 January 2020

The prize is open to women aged 21 who are resident in the UK or Ireland and who have not had a full-length novel published. The work can be on any subject. Novels for young adults or children are accepted if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded. To enter, submit the first 40-50 pages of your novel and a synopsis of the remainder (3-5 pages). The winner will receive £1,500 and all shortlisted entrants will receive a one-to-one consultation with an agent at Peters Fraser Dunlop.

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Influx Press Submissions – 19 January 2020

Influx Press are looking for non-fiction proposals. They will be open for unsolicited submissions from women and non-binary authors for two weeks from January 5th to the 19th 2020.

They are looking for offbeat non-fiction that explores contemporary life and culture in the UK or beyond. Be as creative with the idea of non-fiction as you like, genre bending, disruptive and innovative work is encouraged.

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Hay Festival Europa28: what does Europe mean to you? – 1 February 2020

Hay Festival Europa28 is a global Hay Festival project exploring the future of Europe and celebrating some of the continent’s most inspiring new thinkers. 28 women writers from the 28 European countries have been commissioned to share their visions for the future in essays and lectures that we’ll be sharing throughout 2020.

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Spread the Word Life Writing Prize – 3 February 2020, 11 am

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize is open to writers living in the UK aged over 18 who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent. The Prize defines life writing as writing that is not fiction but “intended to be true” and reflecting someone’s own life journey or experiences. The winner will receive £1,500, a writing mentor, an Arvon course (subject to availability), two years’ membership with the Royal Society of Literature, and an optional development meeting with an agent and an editor. Two highly commended writers will receive £500 each, two mentoring sessions and an optional development meeting with an agent and/or an editor.

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Writers’ & Artists’ Short Story Competition – 13 February 2020

Writers’ & Artists’ annual short story competition gives you a chance to win a place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses (worth £1000, taking place in England) and have your story published on To enter, submit a short story for adults of no more than 2,000 words and with a theme of your choice.

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Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020 – 2 March 2020

The Tower Poetry competition is free to enter and open to students between 16 and 18 years old who are educated in the UK. To enter, submit a poem of up to 48 lines on this year’s topic: “trees”. Prizes are between £250 and £3,000. Eligible winners are also invited to attend the next biennial Tower Poetry Summer School.

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Write on Art Prize – 31 March 2020

Write on Art is an annual prize for young art writers aged 15 to 18, sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. To enter, pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it: What does it say to you? What’s the history behind it? How does it make you feel? The winners will receive cash prizes between £100 and £500 and have their essays featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites.

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