February Opportunities

Published Fri 8 Feb 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 Chwefror 2019


Society of Author’s Grants for Writers in Need – Rolling

The Society’s charitable trusts award occasional grants to authors who find themselves in financial difficulty.

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Moniack Mhor: Two Roads Award – 11 February

This new award aims to support the development of two talented emerging writers of Fiction and Non-Fiction living and working in the UK who are on low income and may find fees a barrier to attending a course at Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writers’ Centre.

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

For published and aspiring writers alike – enter the free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon’s four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on To enter, you have to submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words.

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Papatango New Writing Prize – 17 February

Submissions are open to full-length plays with a minimum running time of 60 minutes. Free to enter. The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.

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Spotlight Books: Call for submissions – 24 February

Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South seek the best UK poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. They’re looking for manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page).

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The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) Prize – 28 February

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize is an exciting new literary award created by Helen Lederer to bring female comedy writing the exposure and recognition it deserves. Prize for the Unpublished Category Winner will be publishing contract for their novel and £5,000 advance. Prize for the Published Category Winner is a cash prize of £2,000.

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Soundwork Short Story Competition – 28 February

Free to enter, The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open to submissions of short stories up to 2500 words. Any style or theme. Free to enter.

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The WOW! Women On Writing Winter 2019 Flash Fiction Contest – 28 February

WOW! Women On Writing now hosts two quarterly contests: one for fiction writers and one for nonfiction writers. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English.

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Swansea Zine Fest – 28 February

Zine-makers, small press writers, indie comic creators, and DIY publishers of any type are invited to sell at Swansea Zine Fest 2019, at a cost of £7 for the afternoon per table. Applications are particularly welcomed from underrepresented groups including women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, and disabled people.

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The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – 1 March

The Prize is split into two separate categories – an award for the best published adventure novel and an award for the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author. Only fiction is accepted.

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Jerwood Bursaries – 4 March

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding to help you explore and develop your next steps, whether through supporting your skills and knowledge development and/or supporting the first stage development of a new idea. We want you to pursue your interests independently and on your own terms.

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 – 11 March

The £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) calls for submissions for the 14th year with broadcaster Nikki Bedi chairing the judging panel for 2019. Judging panel includes: Richard Beard, Daisy Johnson, Cynan Jones and Di Speirs.

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Wales Writer in Residence – 3 June

New and established writers are invited to apply for this prestigious new scheme, aimed at furthering a writer’s career across a portfolio of media and which includes a guaranteed broadcast credit. The winning writer will be awarded a total bursary of £12,000 to cover their year-long placement.

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