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Deadline: Mon 23 Oct 2017
Location: Scotland
In celebration of Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People 2018’ the Tron Theatre is launching the Mayfesto Award, a new annual award for early career playwrights in Scotland.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 29 Oct 2017
Location: International
The Emma Press has launched a call for poems about dinosaurs for a children’s anthology, edited by Richard O’Brien.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Oct 2017
Location: National
Ahead of the return of a full programme of activities this autumn, The Student Wordsmith is re-launching by opening submissions on the theme of ‘Sound and Silence’ for Issue 5 of their Creative Writing journal, The Purple Breakfast Review Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: National
With this fourth iteration of the awards Bare Fiction will have awarded over £10,000 in prize money to writers across the globe Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: International
Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet to be published in Summer 2018 Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: UK
The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000 Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: UK
Bandit Fiction are a new voice in digital publishing, currently looking for short works of fiction between 250 and 3000 words for our very first publication, a short pamphlet of stories.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: International
Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to announce the first annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: International
Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to announce the first annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Location: UK
The Eric Gregory Awards are given for a collection of poems, published or unpublished, by a poet under the age of 30. Read more...
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