September Opportunities

Published Tue 4 Sep 2018

September Opportunities

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.


De Montfort Literature salaries – rolling

De Montfort Literature is offering between 5 and 10 places to writers, who will be paid a salary, and later a bonus as a percentage of the revenues from novels published, in return for (the authors) writing their novels.

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Young Critics North Wales – rolling

The scheme aims to give young people aged 16-30 the chance to learn some of the skills of an arts critic.

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Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries – 5.00 pm Tuesday 11 September

Five Bursary Awards will be ring-fenced, with a fixed sum of £3,000, for new and emerging writers who have not yet published a volume of their own work. In addition, 1 Bursary Award will be ring-fenced for a writer under 25 years old.

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Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme – 5.00 pm Tuesday 11 September

The Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers, to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard. The 2019 Mentoring scheme will begin with a tailored residential week-long course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in February 2019, followed by individual one-to-one mentoring sessions with a mentor during the following months.

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Literature Wales Support Fund Bursary – 5.00 pm Tuesday 11 September

Literature Wales offers a sum of up to £1,000 for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance to enable them to develop their work in progress.

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Manchester Poetry Prize-14 September

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2018-14 September

Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society are offering two annual women’s poetry competitions to raise the status of the competitions and foster links with major UK poetry publishers. 1st Prize is publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books.

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Shifft Script Lab-15 September

Shifft Script Lab is a writing lab for female and non-binary screenwriters in Wales. It provides screenwriters with the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their work in development.

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Mary Vaughan Jones Centenary Competition – 21 September

3 Welsh language competitions for primary-aged children from the county of Conwy are offered to celebrate the centenary of the birth of celebrated children’s author Mary Vaughan Jones, and her significant contribution to Welsh literature. A range of prizes including book hampers are available and 24 children will have the opportunity to take part in a creative writing workshop with poet and author Myrddin ap Dafydd.

For more information, see the poster here


Michel Déon Prize – 23 September

The prize is a call out for recommendations for non-fiction authors domiciled in Ireland. The author of the 2018 winning book will receive €10,000 and give the ‘Michel Déon Lecture’ in France in 2019.

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Noon: Solstice Shorts 2018 – 30 September

Solstice Shorts 2018 will happen across Edinburgh, Ynys Mon (Anglesey) London and Evesham (Gloucestershire) at exactly the same time – Noon. They are looking for short stories no more than 1000 words and poems, also short – up to 40 lines, in English, Welsh or Scots/Gaelic (with a translation) for performance.

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