May Opportunities 2019

Published Wed 1 May 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 Mai 2019


Micro-grants for Get Creative events in Wales – 10 May

Groups that are not-for-profit and that exist to allow their members to take part in creative cultural activities are eligible to apply for £100 to contribute to the running of an event in Wales during Get Creative Festival

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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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Big Issue Writing Competition – 31 May

The Big Issue has joined forces with Avon, HarperCollins to find Britain’s next great crime writer. Submissions will be accepted from across the UK and the winner will receive a two-book deal with the HarperCollins division.

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The Creative Futures Writers’ Award – 2 Jun

The competition is open to UK writers who are under-represented—those who face barriers due to health, mental health, identity or social circumstance.  They are looking for Poetry (up to 300 words) and fiction (up to 2,000 words) with the theme of HOME.

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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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The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – 5 June

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is open for entries until June 5th 2019 at 6pm. The prize is a partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and property company Bruntwood. The Prize is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays to be judged by a panel of industry experts for a chance to win part of a prize fund totalling £40,000.

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Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2019, Sponsored by Unite – 14 June

Five prizes of £100, and an anthology of the poems of around a further 20 entrants will be published later in the year. Also offering a mentoring and support package for unpublished writers. Up to three will be linked to an experienced, published poet, and they will be helped to produce their first published collection.

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