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The Deadline Review: Six More Ace Opportunities For Writers

9th Apr 2014

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Spring is here! Over the next couple of months, writers have not one, not two, but three bank holidays to work up a masterpiece.

Six opportunities for writers and poets that could see them published – and in a few cases, paid.

Telegraph ‘Just Back’ Travel Writing Competition

Seeking: Less than 500 words about a holiday.

Up for grabs: £200 in foreign currency (and £1,000 if it’s the best article that year)

Top tip: Read a few entries to get a feel for the style editors like. But your subject doesn’t have to be an exotic holiday – a trip to Glastonbury won a few months back. No cost to submit.

Deadline: Midnight on Wednesday every week.

Bristol Short Story Prize 2014

Seeking: Short stories up to 4,000 words.

Up for grabs: £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstones gift card – second and third prizes are also cash and Waterstones credit. It costs £8 an entry, but you can send as many entries as you like.

Top tip: The judges wants to see ‘writing that makes me look at the world differently, or unexpectedly,’ (Sara Davies); ‘the next Alice Munro or Jhumpa Lahiri’ (Rowan Lawton); ‘a cracking story’ (Sanjida O’Connell); and ‘a snapshot of life in 2013’ (Nikesh Shukla). No pressure, then.

Deadline: 30 April

Little Pieces of Gold

Seeking: Short plays about social media.

Up for grabs: The chance to have your play performed at the Park Theatre next June.

Top tip: Check the rules very carefully before you begin writing. Plays must be previously unproduced, no longer than ten minutes, no bigger than four actors, free from sets and effects, and it mustn’t be an extract or adaptation. They’re also careful to specify how they want to receive the work, and that it mustn’t be from a playwright living outside the UK. It’s free and you can submit online.

Deadline: Midnight, 5 May

Transportation: Islands and Cities

Seeking: Work under 5,000 words on the theme, ‘Islands and Cities’.

Up for grabs: $300AUS (worth £165 at the time of writing), and publication in an anthology.

Top tip: You’ve got to be a London- or Tasmanian-based writer to win this, chook. The entry fee is £10.

Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday 14 May

The Bridport Prize

Seeking: Poems, short stories and flash fiction for arguably one of the world’s most prestigious writing competitions.

Up for grabs: £5,000 for poems or short stories and £1,000 for flash fiction.

Top tip: There’s a special prize, worth £100, for the highest-placed writer from Dorset. If you’re a writer based in Weymouth or Bournemouth, fire up that laptop – you can send as much work as you want (but you must pay per entry).

Deadline: 31 May

Hold Fast Magazine

Seeking: Work on the theme of objects, artefacts and talismans.

Up for grabs: Publication in the third issue.

Top tip: Focus on the theme, not the medium. You can send fiction (2000-5000 words), ‘speculative poetry’, articles, open letters and even illustrations.

Deadline: 31 May

Please note: For Books’ Sake doesn’t cite the full rules, word counts or cost of these opportunities for writers, so make sure you check these using the links above before you submit. Good luck!

Know of even more opportunities for writers that we should be featuring?Send us an email with your competition or call for submissions and we’ll consider including it our next round-up.

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