November Opportunities 2019

Published Fri 1 Nov 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 Tachwedd a Rhagfyr 2019


Nant Writers’ Retreat – November 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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The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2019 – 11 November 2019

To enter this year’s competition, hand in a poem in English with up to 40 lines. Poems can be on any subject but must not have been published or self-published in any form. The first prize is £2,000 plus a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston (date to be agreed with the Trust). Further awards are £250 and £100 for second and third place, as well as five highly commended awards of £30 each.

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Caroline Aherne Bursary 2019 – 5pm, 15 November 2019

Aimed at writer/performers, the bursary will award £5000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor.

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The Society of Authors’ Awards 2020 – 15 November / 30 November 2019

  • The Betty Trask Prize and Awards – For debut novels written by authors under 35.
  • The Paul Torday Memorial Prize – For a debut novel by an author over the age of 60.
  • The Somerset Maugham Awards – For a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

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Bath Children’s Novel Award – 17 November 2019

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019 is an international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. To enter, hand in the first 5,000 words of your novel plus a one-page synopsis. Novels may be in any genre with no minimum or maximum word count and they can be unpublished, self-published or independently published at the time of the competition. The overall winner will receive £2,500. All shortlisted entries will receive manuscript feedback from the Junior Judges and literary agent introductions. The writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive an online place worth £1,800 on Edit Your Novel the Professional Way sponsored by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. The entry fee is £25 with sponsored places available for writers on low income.

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Poetry Kit Autumn Competition 2019 – 24 November 2019

To participate in this year’s Poetry Kit Autumn Competition, hand in a poem on any subject and in any form or style. Poems should be in English and they must not have been published previously. The first prize is £100, and the second prize is £50. Poems will be judged by Poetry Kit editor Jim Bennett.

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Wales Poetry Award sponsored by Aberystwyth University – 28 November 2019

After 55 years of publishing contemporary poetry in 212 issues (and counting) of its magazine, Poetry Wales launches Wales Poetry Award, a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry. Open to single poem entries not exceeding 70 lines from new and established poets from Wales and beyond, aged 17 or over. This competition is free to enter for writers of low-income backgrounds residing in the UK, from households earning £16,000 or less per year.

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The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award 2020 – 30 November 2019

The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award is for writers between the age of 18 and 30, who are either resident or studying in Wales, or have their main home in Wales, but are studying outside Wales. Entrants should submit the entry fee along with 1-3 poems and/or a piece of fiction up to a maximum of 2500 words on any subject.

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Cinnamon Literature Award – 30 November 2019

The Cinnamon Literature Award is open to all writers, both debut and established voices. To enter, submit ten poems, up to 50 lines each, or two short stories, up to 5,000 words each, or up to the first 10,000 words of your novel (to the nearest sensible cut off point). Individual poems or stories may have been published online or in magazines, provided the writer retains copyright. The winner will have their work published by Cinnamon Press. The entry fee is £16. International entrants are welcome.

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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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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 at all. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable 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. We 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 off beat 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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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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