Just a quick note to let you know of some upcoming writing competitions.

The first is the Writers’ Village Best Writing Award 2011  

Any form of short story may be submitted up to 3000 words and in any genre (eg. mystery, romance, fantasy, crime, science fiction, children’s, etc).
The work should not have been previously published in print media at the time of its submission to the contest.
Playscripts and poetry may not be entered. (True, the definition of a ‘script’ or ‘prose poem’ may be arguable. But to ensure a level playing field for all entrants, anything that clearly appears to be a script or poem will be excluded and the judge’s definition of the term ‘clearly’ will be final :))
In judging entries, particular weight will be given to their power to move the reader, their originality and their demonstration of the craft skills of creative writing.

Closing date 30th June 2011
The second is the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing 
  • Submit one story or novel excerpt up to 10,000 words
  • You may include a synopsis if your entry is an excerpt, but an excerpt should still work as a stand-alone piece
  • Work must be original, written in English, and previously unpublished
  • Your name or address should not appear anywhere on the work
  • Once submitted, entries cannot be altered
  • All entries will be considered for general publication as well as for the Katherine Paterson Prize
  • No artwork, or translations please
  • Multiple entries allowed—each entry must include a separate entry fee
Closing date 30th June 2011
Hope it proves useful!


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