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Deadline: Sun 5 Jul 2020
Location: International
Our brand new Write From Home Scholarship will award one talented writer of limited financial means a fully paid place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing Course with Andrew Michael Hurley. This hugely popular course features direct input from our literary agent team and top publishers. The course will run from 13 July – 19 October 2020. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 7 Jul 2020
Location: International
CivicLeicester invites submissions of poems and short fiction on the theme, Black Lives Matter, from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 8 Jul 2020
Location: Scotland
An annual award supporting emerging writers based in Scotland aged 18 or over to develop their craft. There are three categories, Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction (also known as creative non-fiction), Poetry and Children’s and Young Adult Fiction. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 10 Jul 2020
Location: UK
The ALCS Educational Writers' Award celebrates the best of non-fiction that stimulates or enhances learning. The 2020 award is for books published during 2018 and 2019 for the 11-18 age group. Deadline extended to 10th July 2020. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 15 Jul 2020
Location: International
New Flash Fiction Review continues to honour master storyteller Anton Chekhov through holding an annual award for excellence in flash fiction. 800 words max on any theme. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 15 Jul 2020
Location: International
Poems (max 50 lines) on the theme of Cataclysm are invited for this year's annual poetry competition judged by Fred D'Aguiar. Winners will receive cash prizes and publication in the October edition of Ambit along with being invited to read at the launch. Open to anyone, of any age of any nationality, aged 16 or over. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 16 Jul 2020
Location: International
Open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under).  Read more...

Deadline: Fri 17 Jul 2020
Location: International
The Austrian Cultural Forum London invites professional and aspiring translators to participate in the third competition held for the best German to English translation of contemporary Austrian prose writing. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 17 Jul 2020
Location: International
SWAMP Writing is currently taking submissions of previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir from writers currently enrolled in a postgraduate program in any university across the globe. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 17 Jul 2020
Location: UK, Ireland
The Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, in association with The Guardian, is now open for entries. Categories: 18-and-under, 16-and-under, 14-and-under, Open (adult). Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents, or pupils of British Schools overseas. Top prize £1000. Read more...
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