February Opportunities 2020

Published Sat 1 Feb 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


Call-out for Expressions of Interest – 12.00 noon, Thursday 6 February 2020

We are currently inviting expressions of interest from writers, film-makers and illustrators to deliver three literature-based workshops in south Wales between February and March 2020. We have a long-standing partnership with many Local Authorities across Wales, and this is a continuation of specific projects in the Rhymney Valley, Cwmbran or Newport.

The focus and themes include: children & young people, intergenerational working, digital creativity, and cultural diversity.

Writers and artists based anywhere in Wales are welcome to apply.


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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 Chwefror 2020


Nant Writers’ Retreat – February 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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Writers’ & Artists’ Short Story Competition – 13 February

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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2020 Papatango New Writing Prize – 17 February, 9 pm

The Papatango New Writing Prize is the biggest playwriting award in the UK. The competition is open to all residents in the UK and Ireland. To enter, submit an original, unperformed and unproduced full-length play (minimum of 60 minutes or 9,000 words). The winner will develop their play with Papatango over several months and have it performed in London and in a national tour. The script will be published by Nick Hern Books and the writer will receive royalties of ticket sales and a £6,500 commission for their next play.


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DHA Open Day for Under-Represented Writer—24 February Application Deadline

David Higham Associates, a literary agency based in central London are really excited to be running an Open Day in Newcastle this year to support under-represented writers across the UK.

This open day will be an excellent opportunity for budding authors from under-represented backgrounds (BAME, LGBTQ, cultural and religious minorities, working class, disabled) to find out more about the industry and have their material looked at by a leading literary agent. Writers must be un-agented. They will be providing a bursary for travel expenses to ensure there are no barriers to attending.

The application window is now open and it closes on the 24th February 2020. The event will take place 10 June, 2020.


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Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020 – 2 March

The Tower Poetry competition is free to enter and open to students between 16 and 18 years 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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Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2020—2 March

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation is a charitable organisation dedicated to empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. Through their work, they want to reach out to writers and readers across the world, allowing everyone to have their own adventures through the words on a page. The Prize is split into two separate categories – an award for the best published adventure novel (£15,000) and an award for the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author (Publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK). We only accept fiction.


For more information, visit: https://www.wilbur-niso


Forward Prizes for Poetry 2020—9 March

The 2020 Forward Prizes for Poetry accepts entries from publishers, magazine editors and competition organisers (poets may not submit their own work).The prizes are awarded in three categories: The Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000), The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000), and The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000). Publishers should use the website to let us know the titles and authors of eligible works by Monday 9 March 2020.The deadline for sending physical books or bound proofs is Thursday 19 March 2020.


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 2020 Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize – 15 March

£3,000 for the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. The judges will be looking for proposals for essays that explore and expand the possibilities of the essay form, with no restrictions on theme or subject matter. In addition to the £3,000 prize, the winner will have the opportunity to spend up to three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, during the summer of 2020, to work on their book.


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New Welsh Writing Awards 2020: Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting – 17 March

The Award is for short unpublished books (between 5,000 and 30,000 words), either fiction or non-fiction, written in English and with a Welsh theme or setting. Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland or must have been educated in Wales for a minimum of six months. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 as an advance against an e-publishing deal and a positive critique from literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown Literary Agency in London. Second prize is a residential course of the writer’s choice at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, and third prize is a two-night stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire.


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Writing Wizardry Competition – 27 March

A competition for all young writers up to 11 years. To enter, send in a poem or a story of fewer than 500 words. The story can be about anything but must be your own original work. The winner in each category receives a tower of books and three free copies of the anthology in which your poem or story will be published. The runners up receive a £25 book token plus three copies of the anthology. There is also a special school prize for the school which submits the most entries that make it onto the shortlist.


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Write on Art Prize – 31 March

Write on Art is an annual prize for young 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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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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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. We 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).

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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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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